Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Drainage Channels at Shooting Box

The TTF and the rangers spent Tuesday morning clearing drainage ditches and sediment which had washed down the path at shooting box. It is one of the most important jobs on the Long Mynd to reduce the effect of weathering on the paths and needs to be done every year. The path had been surfaced with a fine gravel and with the heavy rainfall and foot traffic, much of it had eroded away and been washed down onto the road. We used mattocks and spades to clear the old drainage channels and to create new ones, the sediment from the road was used to help level shooting box car park.

Scraping out a new channel into the gravel.
Eric digging deep into the verge to help the water flow away.

A curious visitor came to see us working.

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