News from Roy Henderson for March 2015

  • A volunteer with a blog!

    07:53 27 March 2015
    By Roy Henderson

    I’m one of the volunteers that Roy often mentions and this week the blog is all ours. Pictures really do tell much more than a few words can so here are some to show you the kinds of things we do.  As you can see, it is often hard work and the weather can be cold, wet and windy. But, when the sun shines, there is no place better than here in the Lakes.

    We are volunteers and could stop doing this any time we choose but we keep coming back so that tells you that we enjoy it. There's a great sense of achievement and we have a lot of fun with the added bonus that we keep pretty fit at the same time.  Give it a try if you have the opportunity.
  • A dog with a blog.

    19:25 20 March 2015
    By Roy Henderson

    Hi, it's Daisy here.

    Roy missed me off the blog last week.  He's letting me have the whole blog this week so I am showing you pictures of me being a Ranger dog. Being a Ranger dog is great.

  • A potpourri.

    18:17 12 March 2015
    By Roy Henderson

    Whilst hunting for a picture recently, I realised just how many I have that you haven't seen. So today I am posting a few from the collection. Hope you enjoy them.

  • Despite the weather ... !

    11:12 05 March 2015
    By Roy Henderson

    It was inevitable really that we would have to spend a lot of time in planning the project to lay pipes across to Derwent Island. There will be three pipes on the lake bed. One will supply fresh water; a second will supply LPPG gas and the third will remove waste water. Now that the work is underway, there are clear stages to tackle and we can have a sense of achievement as each is completed.

    Last week we had reached the stage where the three lengths of piping had to be rolled out and hauled across from the lake shore to the island. These are long, heavy and cumbersome to manoeuvre so I was concerned that this was going to be a very difficult stage to complete. In fact, the combined efforts of Trust Rangers from a number of areas and the contractor’s dive team ensured that it all went smoothly. It was a lot of hard work of course but there were no unexpected problems.

    A rope was attached to one end of a pipe and the dive team took the rope across to the island. The dive team positioned a boat about half way across and from then on it was a case of hard graft just hauling and dragging the pipes. It all went incredibly well and definitely proved that many hands do make light work.

    The other big project which has been started by the fell ranger footpath guys is on Castle Crag. They are going to be building a new stretch of stone-built pitch path. This will enable us to take out an old ladder stile that is definitely on its ‘last legs’. It will make it much easier and safer for people to access the area. It will also mean that long-term maintenance should be easier to carry out. 

    That’s another job that’s going to require a lot of hard physical work but it is a beautiful place to be working if the weather is good. They’ve been a bit unlucky so far with the weather and have been working through some pretty cold, wintry showers. But, hats off to them, they have carried on regardless.

    Daisy here:

    We’ve been up Castle Crag.  It was great. I could hear peregrines. I didn’t know what they were but Roy said they were peregrines.

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I’m the National Trust ranger for Borrowdale and Newlands in the North Lakes, UK. I volunteered for the Trust when I came on the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme aged 13. I started by building a new fence on Friars Crag to tackle an erosion problem and making paths more accessible for people with limited mobility. I enjoyed it so much that I continued to volunteer until I left school and was lucky enough to get a job with the National Trust. After working for the Trust for 29 years, I still love the job.