Sunday, 24 March 2013

Weathering the storm!

High winds and snow have meant that we've had to close Lyme Park this last weekend.
Several large pine trees have been blown over along the main drive, and a large sycamore in Elmerhurst Wood has been effectively snapped in two by winds well over 50mph. On the plus side, at least we've got a few fencing jobs to keep us busy...

Ploughing and gritting has been the order of the last few days. On Sunday, a team of our trained volunteers conducted a thorough post-storm tree inspection ahead of reopening. After traipsing around for a few hours looking for hung up branches, lifted root plates, and splits in the trunks of trees, our volunteers grabbed some snow shovels and got to work clearing the timber yard and house steps.
Mission accomplished, and a well earned brew was in order, so it was all up to the estate office to warm up.
Spring might seem like a distant mirage, but Easter weekend is just around the corner, so let's all hope that the temperatures pick up soon! 

Monday, 11 March 2013

Walling at The Knott

The latest blog is a photographic diary written by "one of the walling team". Another fantastic job completed, thank you to all concerned.

The following images show the various stages of the repair in the wall between The Knott and Hasebank Wood.

9 January 2013
Starting to strip out the old wall.

Wall stripped back and new foundation laid.
16 January 2013 

Wall partially re-built
21 January 2013
Work halted as the repair stones were frozen to the ground.
31 January 2013 
Wall going up again.
27 February 2013
Nearing the correct height.
 2 March 2013
Repaired wall now at the correct height.
6 March 2013
The finished article with coping stones.
A front view of the finished repair.  Hopefully, this will last many years without any maintenance.