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ACWA Working Party

On 21-May-2008 a Working Party replaced 2 stiles by k/g near the Solihull/Warks border, just south of Sparrows Grove.

New k/g near the SE corner of Sparrows Grove : 21-May-2008
New k/g near the SE corner of Sparrows Grove : 21-May-2008

May Achievements

On 21-May-2008 a Working Party replaced two poor condition stiles with k/gs at GR  248 835 and GR   247 834.  These are on Circular Walk 20, near the Solihull/Warks border.

The stile near the SE corner of Sparrows Grove before replacement : 16-Feb-2008Before replacement, the stile near the SE corner of Sparrows Grove was sloping and wobbly as photo taken on 16-Feb-2008 on the right.  The fence posts were made of elder, and rotten.  However the fence rails were oak, still very strong and rustic after many years use.  We therefore re-used the rails, and nailed them to a new post which also acts as a waymark post.

The step however was in good condition, so has been re-used as a seat.

The second stile looked better before replacement, but was wobbly, broken and even harder to climb.  The k/g pictured below solves that difficulty, and gives you time to appreciate the bluebells (bottom left of picture, but past their prime).

New k/g on the far side of the meadow south of Sparrows Grove : 21-May-2008
New k/g on the far side of the meadow south of Sparrows Grove : 21-May-2008 

This is a wonderful walk, and especially good near the Solihull/Warks border.  It is a remote path, far from any busy roads but with wonderful distant views.  That's fine for walking, but to deliver k/g kits and tools could be a hard slog - fortunately we had the use of three 4x4 vehicles on the day (SMBC truck, plus two ACWA members).

The Land Rover Discovery returning with the last tools and workers back up the path towards High Ash Farm : 1:30 pm : 21-May-2008
The Land Rover Discovery returning with the last tools and workers
back up the path towards High Ash Farm : 1:30 pm : 21-May-2008

Plans

The next full session will be on:

Wednesday 18th June 2008 at 9:30 am to about 1:00 pm
Location: Ansty
Meet at: Rose & Castle, Ansty GR 399 834
Task(s): Replace two stiles and one gap/broken stile with k/gs at GR 399 834, GR 396 834 & GR 395 835. [See Map for details of locations]

Dates for rest of 2008 will be mostly on the third Wednesday in each month from Jan-Nov.  The expected dates are therefore:

  • Wednesday 16 Jul
  • Wednesday 20 Aug
  • Wednesday 17 Sep
  • Wednesday 15 Oct
  • Wednesday 19 Nov
  • Why not volunteer to join us whenever you can? 

    Please contact John Green on 024 7650 3044 for further information.

     


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