Monday as always saw all the VPAs in action at Boarshaw Clough. Christian had a day of river work and pathwork planned. The plan was to fill in some of the eroded pathways with silt which had formed deep channels down their centre. We started digging and filling in the holes. To our amazment we discovered several existing boardwalks submerged under a foot of silt. So we excavated these and continued to fill in the eroded paths with fantastic results at the end.
Meanwhile some of the braver VPAs tackled the blockage in the river. Matt went in first with one pair of waders to discover there was a large hole in one of the boots. After clearing some of the debris from the stream he poured the water out of the boots an hung his socks in the tree.Christian took over in the other lumberjack style pair of waders to finish off the work. After a succesful day, with the exception of the kelly kettle brews which took ages, the team departed having improved the flow in the stream and making parts of the path far more user friendly.
Matt and sarah clearing the river.
Christian psyching himself up for a wade
A new boardwalk uncovered
Matts socks drying in the tree