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Next WPPrevious WP ACWA Working Party

 On 21-May-2014 a WP installed three k/g on Circular Walk 2, between the western end of Old Waste Lane and Barretts Lane.

 First k/g near Old Waste Lane complete : 21-May-2014

May Achievements

On 21-May-2014 a Working Party installed three k/g replacing three stiles, all on Circular Walk 2 between the western end of Old Waste Lane and Barretts Lane.   The first k/g at Site 1 next to Old Waste Lane was easy to install, but involved a fairly steep slope going through the gate.  To make it look good from both sides the gate was installed higher at the road end, but the gate was then made lamb-proof by adding wooden extension at the bottom - see photo above.

The second site was a routine replacement of the stile, and although started last was finished soon after site 1.

The third site we thought was going to be difficult because the stile had a tall Ash tree within a metre, and the tree had large roots above the surface of the path on both sides of the stile (See photo below for example roots just beyond the stile step), with the risk that the space between them may not be enough to fit in the k/g, especially if more roots were found only just below the surface.  We therefore made sure we had a strong team at that site (with only two cars) and with a full set of tools.  We started by digging three holes, being prepared to move them if any found roots.  With good luck, all three holes were easy to dig and then adjust so the gate and the third hole could be located with adequate clearance from the large roots, but also with the gate hinge end joining to the original stile post.  Before filling in any of the three holes, we then removed the Hawthorn "Tree" and dug the fourth hole exactly in line for the other three holes.  All holes then filled in and bolts tightened.

Eureka - Kissing Gate 3 completed!

 Site 3 : 21-May-2014

 Roots just beyond the stile step: 21-May-2014

Site 3                           After  ->
Before   V
    The Stile : 21-May-2014

 The k/g nearly completed : 21-May-2014

To finish off Site 3, we then erected the fence, leveled the path surface so that none of the roots are now above ground, and made a seat - all of which look good! 

A dry and sunny day made working a pleasure.  All tasks completed by 12:45, and all packed up by just about 1:00.  We then again went to the Peeping Tom pub and enjoyed a good lunch.


The next full session planned will be on:

  Wednesday 18th June 2014 at 9:30 am to about 1:00 pm
Location: West of Chadwick End with a meeting/parking place on Netherwood Lane (wide grass verge) at GR 201 732 on the Coventry & Warwick Explorer map 221
Park at: As above, park on grass verge
Meet at: As above

Replace 2 stiles with k/k, plus maybe a small sleeper bridge
see Map for details

The probable 2014 dates (assuming 3rd Wed every month Apr-Nov) will be:

  • 18-Jun-2014 
  • 16-Jul-2014
  • 20-Aug-2014
    • 17-Sep-2014
    • 15-Oct-2014
    • 19-Nov-2014

    Why not volunteer to join us whenever you can?  Please contact Bob Carey on 024 7645 5251 for further information.

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