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Water water everywhere…not any more!

May 8, 2009

Despite the earlier drizzling rain, we put on our brave faces and followed Noel for todays task – we were to solve water problems at the more accessible part of the heath.  The best thing about this neck of the reserve is that even if the weather is horrible, at least the views are immense!

Upton heath viewpoint

In it purdy! (for those troubled with modern slang - "Why, isn't it just quite pretty")

 

Once we arrived, the sun came out and we had nothing to worry about, apart from a slight drainage problem across the path during the Winter months.  Unfortunately previous drainage work on the path didn’t solve the problem and access remained restricted at wetter times of the year.  We were to find the drainage pipe, pull it up and replace it to stop further flooding.More like a lake than a puddle in all fairness. We found the little white plastic pipe, unveiled about 3 metres of it, when all of a sudden, Noel had an epiphany and decided that we’d keep it as it was, but give it a little helping hand.  You can probably imagine our faces having dug a fair whack of ground in search for this pipe.

You what?

"You what?" - Pee looks devastated as Noel changes his plan!

So we set about digging a trench, big enough for a large clay pipe, whilst Noel set about smashing it up ready to be placed into the channel like a mosaic.  As our roman mosaic master-piece came along, satisfaction spread across our faces as we neared the end of our task.

The roman mosaic master-piece coming together

The roman mosaic master-piece coming together

With the mosaic complete, and all working members happy with the levels, so water would actually flow off the path and not just form a great big puddle, Laura and Renuka set about squeezing in a little exercice, whilst unleashing some anger, taking out their University stress’ on the poor old clay pipe!  Unsure still whether Noel’s advice of “Just imagine your in prison breaking up rocks” was of any help whatsoever, but the job was still completed!
All seems a little out of proportion really, with Laura's little hammer and big pile, and Renuka's huuuuge hammer and little pile!

All seems a little out of proportion really, with Laura's little hammer and big pile, and Renuka's huuuuge hammer and little pile!

 So we lined our channel with bigger bits of pipe, then all the tiny pieces freshly smashed, all to be covered with gravel to further improve the flow.

Whilst filling the channel with gravel, Laura develops the ability to float!  (look closely)

Whilst filling the channel with gravel, Laura develops the ability to float! (look closely)

So with the channel dug, line with larger bits of broken clay pipe, covered with smaller bits of clay pipe, further covered with gravel, not just any gravel….gold gravel, then covered completely with the sandy soil, we were left with one completed project, ready for public use and ready for any weather, come rain or shine.  Similar to Lorton Meadow, we have put another drainage channel, continuing our mission to solve all water related environmental problems across the world!

We stand proud of our work, Laura still digging, Renuka turning into a rabbit from all the digging, and Noel, well, Noel's just Noel! :D 

We stand proud of our work, Laura still digging, Renuka turning into a rabbit from all the digging, and Noel, well, Noel's just Noel! 😀

Speak soon

Laura, Renuka and Pete – happy eco-warrioring 😀

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Steve permalink
    May 12, 2009 9:48 pm

    I realy do like the blogging style – keep it up! Noel does like to be the butt of all jokes within the team, so feel free to unleash all your humour in his direction…

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