During the first week we were working at Blea Moss with Basecamp and West Runton, pitching a new path to protect the moss and the flora within it. We also had a day with the fix the fells lengthsmen finishing the path at stake pass. The second week we were working on the Fairfield project. During these two weeks I learnt the basics:
- Never cover up turf, take the turf off and replace it later.
- Pitching - all about digging big holes, rolling big rocks into them and making sure they’re level with good contact to the surrounding rocks.
- Landscaping - making mounds or hollows at either side of your new path to discourage people from straying from it.
- The erosion triangle - people/steepness/water.
- Cake is always welcome (though I think that goes for Rangers in general).
- Don't roll rocks onto your feet or hands.
The start of the muddy pitching at Blea Moss, before the rain came and ran down the newly laid steps like a river.
The second week we were working on the Fairfield project, fortunately all the tools were already at the top in the cabin, so all I had to do was enjoy the walk up by the waterfall.
|Not a bad commute to work...|
|The finished section of pitching.|
By Kimberley Goodall