At this time of year we are working mostly in lower level countryside, rather than up in the fells, and in recent weeks much of our time has been spent on a project at Moss Eccles Tarn. This is a picturesque glacial mountain tarn which was enlarged by the construction of a small dam and is situated not far from the village of Near Sawrey.
|Moss Eccles Tarn|
‘ William and I fished ( at least I rowed ) till darkness; coming down the lane about eleven. It was lovely on the tarn, not a breath of wind……’
It is also reputed to have provided inspiration for "The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher".
Moss Eccles Tarn is a special place for wildlife today and is valued in particular for the wide range of aquatic and wetland plants and for its dragonflies and damselflies. It was bequeathed to the National Trust as part of Beatrix Potter's estate.
The tarn is classed as a reservoir and as such falls within the scope of the 'Reservoirs Act 1975' which means that it is subject to regular inspections by an engineer. Following the most recent report, it was recommended that the dam be strengthened and the height raised.
|Moss Eccles Tarn dam before work commenced|
The first stage of our work involved digging out the old revetment behind the dam wall to a point where there were good foundations from which to start the new stone pitching. We also had to collect and transport several trailer loads of stone to the site for the pitching work.
|Dam wall height increased & digging out the old revetment behind this has commenced.....|
|Synchronised stone collecting at Moss Rigg quarry|
|One section of the new stone pitching progressing towards the enhanced dam wall|
This meant we buried our lovely stone-work - the "treasure" referred in the title for this blog.
|Geotextile fabric rolled back over a section of stone pitching with soil & turf now being added on top...|
|Our finished project... most of it now buried|
|Luke & Sarah enjoying "Moss Eccles" cakes|
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Posted by: Nick, Upland Ranger