News from Roland Wicksteed for August 2017

  • It's an ill wind....

    12:10 13 August 2017
    By Roland Wicksteed, Dave Jackson, Dave Almond, James Archer, Neil Winder, Ben Knipe


    The path at the back of Bridge House regularly needs resurfacing with so many visitors using it. 


    Some drainage work was also needed as can be seen in this image taken after heavy rainfall.


    After several successive storms, tons of lake-shore gravel was dumped on Jenkyn's Field, on the eastern shore of Windermere, well above the normal shoreline. 
    This lake gravel looked ideal to re-surface the path at Bridge House, less than a mile away, as well as clearing the field to some extent.


    In this image the power barrow, probably our most useful "bit of kit" was loaded up.


    It was a tight fit between the wall and the hedge.


     Before...


    ..and...


    after a couple of power barrow loads...


    ... some after shots.

News from Roland Wicksteed

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Ranger. It is a privilege to live and work in this beautiful area; it is unique. I am based at Windermere and Troutbeck. My favourite work is drystone walling and hedgelaying. I enjoy instructing Working Holiday Groups in both of these traditional crafts. Part of my work involves keeping the numbers of "invasive non native species" down as much as possible. I also continue to work on a project, the aim of which is to increase the numbers of the scarce touch me not balsam plants,(yellow flowering plants in the image's background!) which the rare netted carpet moth depends upon for its survival. The numbers of moths and plants are mainly restricted to a few small sites in The Lake District.

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