Widening The Walk

On Friday 15th September Bobbie, Jeremy and I headed down to Claycart, Wellesley Woodlands to widen the boardwalk that leads off one side of the bridge next to the flash.  On Sunday 8th October the Wellesley 10k run will be coming through this section of Wellesley and due to the number of runners, making the boardwalk wider at the corner where it joins the path will mean safer passage for a large volume of people all at once.

Our first job was to remove the stobs on the outside of the old boards which actually proved to be the trickiest part of the day!  Previous staff had really done a good job fixing them in!

We then cut some bearers to size to take the weight of the sleeper in the wet mud before Bobbie expertly trimmed the sleeper down to size with a chainsaw so we could squeeze it in the gap between the surfaced path and existing boardwalk.  Once firmly wedged in place Bobbie and Jeremy positioned two new stobs and screwed them in whilst I filled the edges with aggregate to level off the edge of the path.  We then all had the great joy of flattening out a piece of chicken wire over the entire surface of the board walk and stapling it down flat.

Now you could never tell we added a new board!  Thank you to Bobbie and Jeremy for helping me out.

Ranger Laura

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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