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Enhancement Work Party Spring 2012

Beeston

March 21 - 26 2012

The primary work site for this Work Party was at Beeston - from the bench 700 yards above the Stone Lock to the base of the Iron Lock. There was also secondary work undertaken at Wharton’s Lock.
The Beeston site was chosen primarily to make good damage caused by flooding earlier in 2012, when lock paddles were deliberately left open washing soil away and undermining furniture bases.
Over the six days some thirteen volunteers valiantly put in 425 man-hours and managed to accomplish a significant amount of work:

Beeston

Between Iron Lock & Wharton’s Lock – 2 commemorative benches painted with Cuprinol wood preserver.
Iron Lock - Rotten lock signage posts & cross pieces removed. New posts and cross pieces installed for lock sign – with bricks at base to protect from strimmer damage.
Iron Lock – mooring bollards above, beside & below lock repainted.
Beside Iron Lock – bench with footings washed away by flood relocated onto a new concrete base. Flood eroded hole filled with stone, topped with soil and grass seeded.
Iron Lock – hole on quadrant beside top gate, towpath side filled with stone.
Just east of Iron Lock, towpath side – two picnic tables treated with Cuprinol wood preserver.
Below Stone Lock – new mooring bollard installed.
Between Iron Lock & Stone Lock 4 missing mooring rings replaced.
Between Iron Lock & Stone Lock VM totem posts repainted and missing signage replaced.
Between Iron Lock & Stone Lock - vegetation removed from mooring rings & bollards.
Picnic bench near Stone Lock, treated with Cuprinol wood preserver, and reset on a new concrete base.
Stone Lock no-fishing sign totem posts painted.
Stone Lock sign – support posts protected from strimmer damage by emplacement of bricks.
Picnic bench near Stone Lock, treated with Cuprinol wood preserver, rotten/strimmer damaged timber removed from bottom of table legs and table reset on a new concrete base about 60 yards east of Stone Lock (with legs resting on engineering bricks to compensate for the shortened legs).
Lock mooring bollards above, below and beside Stone Lock repainted.
ca. 700 yards east of Stone Lock – bench undermined by flooding installed on a new concrete base and the flood eroded hole filled with stone, topped with soil and grass seeded.
40 yards east of Stone Lock – bench repainted.
ca. 55 yards east of Stone Lock – flood water eroded hole, shuttered away from towpath side, concrete placed behind shuttering, filled with stone, topped with soil and grass seeded.
VM totem posts above Stone Lock repainted.
East of Stone Lock – trip hazard at one mooring ring reduced by adjusting soil levels.
Vegetation cleared off from around mooring rings & bollards above Stone Lock.

Wharton’s Lock

New commemorative bench installed on lock island on a concrete base (after treating with Cuprinol wood preserver).
Rotten lock signage posts & cross pieces removed – area made good – top soil added & grass seeded.
New posts and cross pieces installed for lock sign – with bricks at base to protect from strimmer damage.
Picnic bench relocated from lock island to towpath near lock, treated with Cuprinol wood preserver & installed on a concrete base. Original site made good and grass seeded.
Lock side hut – cleaned out. Door painted -undercoat and topcoat. Door bolt & retainer repaired and hut left locked with a BW combination lock.
Existing towpath side picnic table painted with Cuprinol wood preserver and reset on a new concrete base.
VM totem posts repainted with Sadolin.
Mooring Rings cleared of vegetation.
Two broken slats on a picnic bench repaired.

 

Bench above Stone Lock-before Bench above Stone Lock-after

Flood damage above Stone Lock Flood damage above Stone Lock-after

Beeston (1) 448 Beeston (2) 448

At Wharton's Lock 448