• Christleton Pit Group Autumn News 2016

Christleton Pit October 2016

The first phase of the work planned for autumn has been completed, and the bank and fishing area on the Littleton side cleared ready for the installation of the new coir rolls and fishing platform. Five sessions were held, and a new skill of scything learned by several members. David Booth & Malcolm Pratt were both extremely adept at using the scythes, and a huge quantity of vegetation was removed. Several large willows were cut right back and many smaller ones removed completely. It seems that the roots of the willows have become embedded in the older bank of coir rolls and have spread through them, often emerging alongside the supporting posts. We have drilled several of the thicker trunks, and tried to suppress their growth with” deep root”

Several of the old fishing platforms have been dismantled, and where possible the timber posts & framework re cycled. One on the south side has been left intact as it was in good order, but can no longer be reached. We cut off several of the supporting posts at water level to later re use, and help stabilise the coir rolls. Almost all the vegetation removed has been placed in deep hollows under the bushes to rot, provide a natural barrier, and prevent access to the old fishing points.

Work beginning on the Littleheath bank in September

  •  Planning for 2016

    Planning for 2016

  •  Clearing the area near the water inlet

    Clearing the area near the water inlet

  •  Andy scything the bank

    Andy scything the bank

  •  Pollarding Willow stump

    Pollarding Willow stump

  •  Cutting out Willow growth

    Cutting out Willow growth

  •  Removal of roots

    Removal of roots

  •  Removing Willow roots

    Removing Willow roots

  •  Removing EWillow stump

    Removing EWillow stump

  •  Removing Willow stump

    Removing Willow stump

  •  Clearing Vegetatin

    Clearing Vegetatin

  •  Removing Brambles

    Removing Brambles

  •  To the dump

    To the dump

  •  Final Effort

    Final Effort

  •  All ready for new project

    All ready for new project

  •  End of Autumn working sessions

    End of Autumn working sessions

  •  Clearing Vegetation

    Clearing Vegetation

Christleton Pit Team working in September/October 2016

  •  Removing EWillow stump

    Removing EWillow stump

  •  Removing Willow stump

    Removing Willow stump

  •  Clearing Vegetatin

    Clearing Vegetatin

  •  Removing Brambles

    Removing Brambles

  •  To the dump

    To the dump

  •  Final Effort

    Final Effort

  •  All ready for new project

    All ready for new project

  •  End of Autumn working sessions

    End of Autumn working sessions

  •  Clearing Vegetation

    Clearing Vegetation

  •  Autumn

    Autumn

Banks ready for the new coir rolls and fishing platform

  •  End of Autumn working sessions

    End of Autumn working sessions

  •  Removing old fishing platform

    Removing old fishing platform

  •  Clearing the bank

    Clearing the bank

  •  Preparing for new fishing platform

    Preparing for new fishing platform

  •  Removal of old platform

    Removal of old platform

Arrival of the new fishing platform in kit form October 2016

  •  End of Autumn working sessions

    End of Autumn working sessions

  •  Romoval to Store

    Romoval to Store

  •  Fishing Platform Kit

    Fishing Platform Kit

  •  Autumn

    Autumn

Christleton Pit Group remembering Ian Gorst
Picnic Table Celebration - Remembering our former Chairman, the late Ian Gorst September 2016

The 2016-17 bank restoration project is kindly supported & funded by WREN, Chester West & Cheshire Council through Cllrs. Stuart & Margaret Parker, Christleton Parish Council & Christleton Pit Group.