It’s hardly surprising considering the amount of rain we’ve had this winter that the car park at Clytha was going to suffer. Cars were getting stuck and the ground was getting rutted and churned up. Apart from looking awful this would cause a lot of problems when I come to mow it in the spring.
I took the contentious decision to put these gates in to enable me to close off the main car parking area over the winter months. There is still reduced parking available for walkers etc.
This was the perfect opportunity to give the whole thing a tidy up. The woodland team supplied 16 x 6 metre Larch poles to replace the existing rotting ones. They also called in and cut the old ones up into manageable lengths, some went for fire wood and the rest into the woods for habitat piles.
Fortunately our first working holiday of the year were due so they did a great job removing all the old logs. They dug new trenches to site the poles in and used the turfs to repair the damage caused by the stuck vehicles.
They cleared off the turf where it had encroached on to the paving and painted the new sections of railings.
A huge thank you to everyone who helped and put in all the hard work. The plan is to re – open the car park in the next week or so. Let’s hope that the summer is a lot dryer than the winter we’ve just had!
Area Ranger – Buildings & Estate Maintenance