Marston Marsh – Onsite Repairs

Friday 22nd July 2016

On a sunny, hot and humid day, the best place to be is in the shade of a large and leafy tree resting in a hammock; not shovelling several tons of crushed concrete. Today however, we were not afforded this luxury as there was indeed a big pile of crushed concrete to be moved in the blazing heat of the sun.

Today’s work program on ‘Marston Marsh’ is to carry out kissing gate improvements/repairs by laying crushed concrete in the gate entrances and to make repairs to the site entrance path.

The repair to the entrance path is needed as running water, caused by heavy rain had eroded the gravel path. We laid some of the crushed concrete onto the affected area and firmed it down with a mechanical whacker plate.

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The damage to the four kissing gates on site, had been caused by lots of people walking around the site over the years, as well as the wet conditions we have enjoyed over the last couple of years. All these circumstances had caused soil erosion around the gates and that is why crushed concrete is needed.

Making these repairs is more or less the same process as repairing the entrance path, except the crushed concrete has to be transported across the marsh. This is done by a powered barrow but it still has to be loaded and spread by hand which is not a good thing to do on a hot and humid day.

We did manage to find a large and leafy tree down by the river to shelter under for our morning tea break; so that was OK.

Time got the better of us (yet again) so that one of the gates will need another couple of loads to complete this round of work but that will be for another day.

Written by Alan Rae, Norwich Fringe Project Volunteer.