Last Wednesday Andrew, student Alex and I went to a very wet section of the Blackwater Valley path to install duckboards in preparation for the Walk the Path event. We used wooden rails as a base to raise the platform from the mud. Next we laid fiberglass boards on top and joined them together to make a stable platform for people to walk on.
For the final wet and muddy section of the path we made a duckboard from wooden rails. Andrew cut the wooden rails to size whilst Alex and I hammered in the nails.
The Walk the Path event run by the Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust took place the following Sunday and was a great success with an attendance of 230 walkers. Everyone was pleased with the provision of duckboards that held out through the day and added to the pleasantness of the walk.
Assistant Ranger Jenny