Volunteer Leader Update – Moor Green Lakes

As some of you may have noticed the Grove Lake Hide was vandalized a few weeks back and as well as breaking the door handle and some of the viewing hatches, the corrugated roofing was torn off in places. Adrian Hobbs fixed the internal parts quickly but as the roof was deteriorating, Bernard, Tony, Jon and I went down to replace the roof.  Due to its condition the corrugated roof was quickly removed and disposed off. Apart from a few pieces rescued by Bernard for reptile shelters.

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The old roof in a poor state of repair.

Most of the roof timber was in a reasonable state, apart from a small mouse hole which was patched up with double felt. With a bit of sweeping we were ready to start laying the felt. Bernard and myself unrolled, cut and glued. Jon tacked and Tony worked the edges and corners. We soon had the new roof in place.

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Work in progress with the roof nearly completed.

After a quick pause for lunch and a team photo, the last corner was quickly finished and the roof completed.

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Team photo

Many thanks to Tony, Bernard and Jon for an excellent job and turning up at short notice to help.  Let’s hope this roof lasts for a good few years now and is more robust against vandalism.


Volunteer Leader Duncan Clark

About blackwatervalleycountryside

The Blackwater Valley is located on the borders of Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire and runs for approximately 30km from the source near Aldershot, northwards to Swallowfield. At its confluence it joins the rivers Whitewater and Loddon. The Loddon eventually flows into the River Thames near Reading. Work in the Blackwater Valley is co-ordinated by the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership on behalf of the local authorities that border the Valley. Despite being surrounded by urban development the Valley provides an important green corridor for local residents As well as the Blackwater Valley Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a small part of the Basingstoke Canal SSSI, three nature reserves within the Valley catchment and many other areas have been recognised for their ecological importance. The local planning authorities covering the Valley have designated 31 other areas as ‘Wildlife Sites’.
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