On Thursday 25th Melvyn, Tony and Andrew joined me at Blackwater Meadows to help build some dog steps down into the river, which was a first for all of us! There was a section on a narrow bit of path where dogs have been using the bare bank to gain access to the river and since the cattle have gone on site, they have just added to the erosion. So to keep the path safe for users and still allow dogs access, we decided that we should do some reinforcing.
The guys worked hard all day, eventually putting together a serviciable set of steps but unfortunately I couldn’t bring enough material to fill the hole as the trailer will only take so much. That meant that Friday morning I dragged Andrew, Mark and George out onto site with yet another trailer load of material to finish filling in the hole and resurfacing the edge of the path leading down to it.
If anyone takes any pictures of their dogs in action, we’d love to see the steps being used. Send them in to us on Facebook or to firstname.lastname@example.org. Another big thank you to the three volunteers for giving up a day of their time to help and bringing doughnuts to keep us going!
Assistant Ranger Laura