|Little bit of remedial work re-wiring the gabion baskets|
|Work was funded by our Bags of Help Application which is through Tesco single use carrier bag charges (those 5ps add up) and managed by Groundwork|
|Conservation in action|
|Directing the rubble chute|
|Backfilling in places was easier by tipping (wiring a cage in the background)|
|Great job Barclays Partner Finance|
On the Sunday, we were left with around 4 tonnes to move and it was key to get it at least down the long chute as we had hired them for just 1 week and at £200 a week we didn't want to spend that extra money. Three of us worked really hard in 5 hours where I burned off just over 2000 calories according to my Fitbit Charge HR. It was really tiring so we knew what an amazing job Welsh Government and Barclays Partner Finance had done.
|Hard 5 hours work|
Finally on the Monday morning, our new volunteer Richard came out and helped Brian and I for a few hours. Our aim was to tidying up and move the last 4-5 barrows of stone in time for Travis Perkins to collect the scaffold planks and rubble chutes.
|Ready to backfill the next 16 tonnes?|
It was a bit sad to see them go, but what a great achievement moving 16 tonnes of limestone 90 metres including navigating 2 steep slopes with no injuries. We know it could have been done more quickly with heavy machinery, but what extra damage would that have done to the LNR and what new erosion paths would that have created in the wet boggy soil.
Loads of people were interested in what we were doing and we had loads of exciting conversations about what we had done and what we were planning. We know we need another 16 tonnes to complete the project, but we have to wait for the grant to be paid to us first. It'll be a bit of breathing space for now until at least July.