Friday, 14 November 2014

New Visual Identity

National Trust properties within the Lake District National Park have recently adopted a new "visual identity" which aims to give a fresh and striking interpretation of what the National Trust, "THE LAKES," represent.

Below are several examples of the new "visual identity" on three of the Central and East Lakes vehicles with the following stories to relate.  

The image on this Ford Ranger represents the National Trust as a supporter of outdoor activities with access to lakes such as Windermere and Ullswater.

 Kayakers setting off from National Trust land...Jenkyns Field...Windermere.

The image on the other side of the Ranger represents the many miles of footpaths, bridle ways, and cycle routes that are freely available to be enjoyed by all.

A new gate, replacing an old wooden step stile at Jenkyns Field, has greatly improved access to and from this popular Windermere lake side walk.

The National Trust Fell Rangers Blog gives an indication as to the amount of hard work and commitment that is needed to construct and maintain the footpaths in this region.

Guided walks leaflet.

An illustration of the Footprint building. This is the first straw bale building in Cumbria; it is set in the grounds of St. Catherine's with spectacular views of Windermere. It is a unique and popular venue...from school groups to green wood working events, and from birthday parties to yoga sessions.

The Footprint alongside Wynlass Beck.

 An atmospheric view from the Footprint during a temperature inversion over Windermere.

This image of a Belted Galloway cow, "Beltie", represents the strides that the National Trust are making in promoting and conserving ancient wood pastures. (various posts on this subject are on this Blog).

Wood pasture....Glenamara Park.

This image is particularly appropriate as red squirrels have recently been seen at Hodgehowe Wood very near St. Catherine's, (where this vehicle is based). By keeping the numbers of grey squirrels in check, the reds are making a come back in this area.

In partnership with the Penrith and District Red Squirrel Group,the National Trust have created a red squirrel trail at Aira Force. This image is of a red squirrel making full use of one of the feeders... (caught on one of the strategically placed cameras and relayed back to a monitor in the Visitors' Shelter). See post...Aira Force Red Squirrel Trail.

Overall the new "visual identity" has been a success. Most people like the bold colours and the minimalist imaging on the vehicles.

Monday, 3 November 2014

Rebuilding accident-damaged roadside walls.

The stone built roadside walls of the Lake District are regularly damaged by vehicles.

Time is set aside for the Central and East Lakes Rangers to repair damaged National Trust roadside walls, usually in Autumn or Winter.

A car recently hit the roadside wall at Millerground.
(Driver failed to negotiate the bend on the A592 and this was the result)

This masonry wall (stone cemented together with mortar) required a lot of preparation work before rebuilding work could begin; on impact the wall broke up into large irregular shaped blocks.

Time consuming work was put into separating the stone from the mortar. In the image above a wrecking bar was used to prise the top or cam stones apart.

Dry stone walls usually require a lot less preparation work because no mortar is used in their construction. In addition, no sand, cement or a mixer is needed!

With the top stones removed, a sledge hammer was used to separate the walling stone from the tenacious grip of the mortar!

Because of the height difference between the two sides of this retaining wall, scaffolding was needed. The stone and chunks of mortar were cleared back from the damaged wall to allow access for the scaffolders.

The damaged section of the wall has been taken back to where the wall is sound and is now ready to be rebuilt.

The scaffold is in place with the planks cleverly arranged around the big beech tree.
The next stage is to load the scaffolding with stone.  (Wynlass Beck is in the background.)

The wall is being rebuilt using mortar as it was originally.

The last of the mortar is being removed from the stones using walling hammers
 and cold chisels.

The lumps of old mortar did not go to waste. They came in useful as filler for the ongoing revetment work at Millerground.

With the wall now up to height the top stones can be put into position.

The completed work. Hopefully, for everyone's sake, it will not be hit again...or at least, not for a long time!

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Allan Bank Hallowscream


Pumpkins and Carvers.



 (Before being put out on the Pumpkin Trail)

Decorating the house.


Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Ranger Team Day at Millerground.

As mentioned in previous posts, sections of the Millerground footpath... on the extremely popular woodland walk along Windermere's eastern shore...are at risk of being seriously undermined when lake levels rise.

To combat this...stone revetment work by rangers and volunteers has been taking place in vulnerable areas.

It was felt that one bad area in particular needed many hands to help make a big task a lot less daunting; so Rangers, based at St. Catherine's Windermere, arranged a "Team Day" with the Fell Rangers, Rangers from Langdale and from Ullswater to assist with the work.

It can be seen how much the ground has sagged, the bank having been undercut and the soft sub soil washed away.
A small sycamore, that had collapsed along with the undercut bank, needed to be felled and removed prior to continuing the stone revetment work.
Revetment work proceeding with Fell Rangers, Leo and Ade and Langdale Ranger, Laura.
 Stone and rubble in the right of the image is being used to fill a void created by a fallen beech tree.
The cavity that was created behind the uplifted rootplate after the tree fell is very close to the footpath, hence the guard fence. Once the hole was filled and levelled the fence could be removed.
Stone being brought in by power barrow by Dave, Ullswater Ranger, and Ray, Windermere Ranger.
Many tons of stone were needed which were located and loaded by members of the team into the power barrows.
 These power barrows have proven to be invaluable, especially on difficult sites.
Pitching up the slope where the sycamore once was.
Looking good.
Another section of path made safe. The angle of the revetment is designed to dissipate the strength of the waves when water levels are high.
Putting in the new path edging stones. Where did you get that hat!?
Newly landscaped area above the fallen beech tree. It is healthy enough inspite of its prone position as it still has a good root system. Interestingly reed beds are becoming established in the shelter of this fallen tree!
What kind of a Team Day would it be without a barbeque? Steve from Ullswater keeping an expert eye on the sausages and burgers.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Apple Day at Acorn Bank.

"Apple Day" at Acorn Bank, Temple Sowerby is an annual event that began in 1994. Over the years its popularity has grown to the extent that yesterday, Sunday the 12th of October, more than 2,500 people came along to enjoy all that Apple Day has to offer!

 Acorn Bank and South East Lakes and Morecambe Bay staff put on and run the event with assistance from National Trust properties throughout the North West.

Staff  from Central and East Lakes were involved mainly with marshalling the car parking and running the Apple Shy. 

A view of a cloud inversion over Brothers Water on the way to Acorn Bank on Sunday morning. Looked like a glorious day was on the way!

A big area of parkland at Acorn Bank, but it soon filled up with cars.



The Apple Shy.


Punch and Judy.


Longest Apple Peel Competition.

Bill and Abigail, National Trust Recruiters, Central and East Lakes.


Acorn Bank.

More images from Apple Day.

A great event made even more special by the beautiful autumnal