Friday 30th June 2017
This Friday we are back again at ‘Earlham Marsh/Earlham Millennium Green’ where we worked a few weeks ago, fencing off Willow tree stumps to stop the livestock (which are on this section of the marsh) eating all the new season’s tree shoots.
Two tasks today, one to cut down the rampant ‘Reed’ and other vegetation that is growing around the ‘Millennium Pond’. The other is to close off part of the deteriorating boardwalk and kissing gate and re-route it via an already installed kissing gate.
Some of the boardwalk has already been replaced but this section carries the path over a bridge onto the marsh path (this path is on the top of the raised river bank which prevents the marsh from flooding). The whole boardwalk was first built around the pond to celebrate the Millennium but now the timber is showing signs of deterioration. The bridge to be replaced carries the footpath over a dyke, which helps to drain the marsh, and it (the path) has been moved about ten metres, to a culvert over the dyke, which is a better long-term alternative.
Dogs are creatures of habit. Today, one dog approaching the re-routed path (with its owner) refused to go via the new route (because I always walk this way) and had to be persuaded by its owner along the new path. I wonder how long that dog will take to change its habit and how many other dogs will have the same issue?
Cutting back the reed and vegetation around the boardwalk was straight forward and soon accomplished. The work involved in moving the path required us to dismantle a kissing gate and some fencing and then two posts and some fence had to be replaced. Quite straight forward but we were left with a pile of timber which was only fit for the scrap heap and had to be removed from the site.
When we arrived at the site today, we found we had to carry out some unscheduled work as a result of vandalism. When the site was first built, a viewing platform was erected which gave a vista across the marsh and the River Yare valley towards Bowthorpe. Since our last visit one side of the perimeter fence of the platform had been destroyed and the timber thrown into the dyke.
As a result, we had to make a temporary repair and block off access to the platform, making it safe for local people, sadly vandalism is an ongoing problem on some of the sites we work on. Our approach is to try and work with the local communities and repair any vandalism, keeping the sites in good condition, this is not always easy; please feel free to report via our website any problems you might see on the sites we manage.