SOME CHELMER CANAL TRUST ORGANISED WORK PARTY
REPORTS / PHOTOS TAKEN DURING 2021.
Extra "Emergency" Work Party10th April 2021
New Barrage Installations
Reports had come in that the barrage which had been installed across the mouth of the Baddow Meads stream had disappeared! Action was needed. Brand new barrage materials were obtained, specifically designed to catch floating weed, and a small but perfectly formed extra work party was assembled at Sandford Lock to carry out the installation while still complying with Covid restrictions. Heavy rain was forecast, so the team wasted no time in getting under way.
Upon arrival at the stream, the reason for the disappearance was apparent; it had sunk below the water!
The first task was to remove the old barrage, which now resembled a huge eel in the water.
Then it was time to prepare the new, and hopefully unsinkable barrage lengths.
The upstream end was first attached to the upstream anchor, which had held fast throughout the winter.
The downstream anchor was also firmly in place, but required adjustments to fit the length of the new barrage.
Then the barrage could be positioned ready to catch any stray pennywort attempting to escape the confines of the stream.
With the first job done, it was time to move on, but as the work boat was turning, the crew of volunteers took the opportunity to quickly remove some particularly unsightly debris which had wrapped itself around an inaccessible tree.
Then it was time to head downriver to the Cuton Stream.
First the ground anchors had to be hammered well into the banks, ...
...and the Barrage was attached, with a small amount of slack, to take account of increased flows.
The planned work had been completed in good time, so with the predicted rain holding off, there was time to remove still more litter before heading home with a modest mission accomplished.