Mil-done Locks

Yesterday saw us complete our scrub clearance work at Milton Locks. In total we spent 5 days down there with our dedicated volunteer teams and the site is looking fantastic for all their hard work.

Milton Locks - looking back from the sea

Milton Locks – looking back from the sea

The aim was to open the site up and free it from the grips of scrub encroachment. However it was far from a chop and burn exercise as there were some fine details to achieve. We had to thin the trees in such a way to leave potential areas for nesting birds but not allow anyone to hide away in the thicket, making the site feel less threatening.

Spruced up entrance. (Thinned trees, dead hedge and new dragons teeth)

Spruced up entrance. (Thinned trees, dead hedge and new dragons teeth)

A little before and after

A little before and after

Day 1. Day 3 & Day 5.

Day 1. Day 3 & Day 5.

In total we removed over 6 bin bags of rubbish each day, mattresses, 3 bike wheels, a car wheel and lots of misc metal work. Its been a really satisfying clearance project and one which all the people I’ve spoken to on site have been in favour of. All that remains is to install our new entrance sign and interpretation boards (to follow in the following months).

When we were clearing the last of the cut brash, allowing the fire to burn down we were treated by a close visit from a pair of foxes. They seemed to be very interested in what was going on.

Pair of Foxes

Pair of Foxes

Now Milton Locks is all spruced up and looking fine I hope it continues to do so and people treat it with the respect it deserves.

Rob

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