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Next WPPrevious WP ACWA Working Party

On 20-Jun-2012 a Working Party installed two more kissing gates on Circular Walk 2, this time between Berkswell and Benton Green.

The new k/g at site 7, with the step of the old stile as a seat : 20-Jun-2012
The new k/g at site 7, with the step of the old stile as a seat : 20-Jun-2012

June Achievements

This month's tasks were to replace two stiles with kissing gates on the path from Berkswell Village to Benton Green, both on Walk 2 of the ACW Circular Walks Book.  These were the last ones on the northern part of Walk 2, and are part of Solihull's aim of making our Walk 2 entirely stile free.  See Map for Details

The k/g at site 7, showing the old picket fence retained as the barrier : 20-Jun-2012
The k/g at site 7, showing the old picket fence
retained as the barrier : 20-Jun-2012

The "stile" at site 7 was actually the fence built to fill the gap where a pumped sewer had been installed some years ago.

We sited the new k/g to the north of the stile step after removing a dying old Elder tree (the hardest part of the task) and linked up to a slightly relocated picket fence found in the hedge.

To complete the installation we added a Waymark Post so that after future crops are sown re-instatement of the path to this point will be easier.

The result is an attractive, easy to use barrier crossing, retaining the step of the stile as a seat, with the warning notice about the sewer exactly where we found it.

The k/g at site 8, viewed from the east : 20-Jun-2012
The k/g at site 8, viewed from the east : 20-Jun-2012

The k/g at site 8, viewed from the west : 20-Jun-2012
The k/g at site 8, viewed from the west : 20-Jun-2012

 

The "stile" at site 8 was also a fence built to fill the gap where another part of the same pumped sewer had been installed some years ago.  This time however the stile step was to the south of the pipe and sloping towards the NE.

We sited the new k/g to the north of the stile, but this time connecting the k/g directly to the stile post, and having the hoops fully on the east side in order to maximise the space from the large tree.

Another fence post to the north was left in place, and a new fence constructed from the rails removed from the gate site to link up to the big tree.

To complete the installation we removed the stile step in order to give clear access on the east side, and again added a Waymark Post.

The result is another attractive, easy to use barrier crossing.

The day was sunny and warm, and we even welcomed the shade available at both sites - we noticed however that for the first time in 2012 the soil was damp right down to bottom of a 2 ft hole! Both gates were installed with very little difficulty.  Both tasks were completed again by about 12.50 so we could again go back to "The Bear" in Berkswell for lunch.

Plans

The Working party on 18th July was CANCELLED.  This is because the sites we were expecting to be working at were flooded. The next WP will be on 22-Aug-2012, the 4th Wednesday in August.

The next full session planned is:

  Wednesday 22nd August 2012 at 9:30 am to about 1:00 pm
Location: Near College Lane off Oldwich Lane East (GR 225 742 ), about 2.7 miles SW of Balsall Common.
Park at:

(Probably) In farm yard or by back entrance (Point 3 on map,
  GR 223 740). 

Meet at:

(Probably) As "Park at", or at Site1 or 2 if you arrive late

Task(s):

Replace two stiles with kissing gates (Site 1 & Site 2 on map)
     see Map for Details

The probable remaining 2012 dates (3rd Wed every month Jan-Nov) are:

  • 22-Aug-2012
  • 19-Sep-2012 or
        26-Sep-2012
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  • 17-Oct-2012 
  • 21-Nov-2012
     
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    Why not volunteer to join us whenever you can?  Please contact Bob Carey on 024 7645 5251 for further information.
     


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