Words and Pictures by S. Alford
This morning, (09/12/12) started off looking not very promising.
It was grey and looked as though any minute it was about to tip with rain –
luckily it held off for the whole day.
Around 09:45 the days’ gang had arrived, consisting of Myself,
CJ, Chandler, Charlie, Mike B & Mike L, Dave, Bert and Steve; not forgetting
Shelia and Graham. It was decided that on the menu today would be tree cutting
at Tower View. (And believe me – it needed doing) After a cuppa and some
delicious toasted sandwiches and cakes made by Sheila, we set off for the newest
of the GLR Stations, with Steve heading over to the shop to work on the Model
It was quite chilly and windy up at Tower View and there was a
lot of work to be done. First of all, Mike B and CJ along with Bert tackled the
main clump of trees that were overhanging the bridge, or what is now the station
at Tower View. Myself Chandler and Charlie were in charge of sawing up the
branches that the gang felled and then to place them onto a heap for a fire – (a
fire which never did actually happen due to the fact that it wouldn’t burn!).
From the pictures below (apologies for low
definition), you can see that the work was
beginning to pay off as the ground started to look a lot clearer and you could
also get a better view of the stream.
After lunch, we trudged back up to Tower View and carried on
with the rest of the work for the afternoon. Around 3pm the space had been
completely transformed –it is now open and “spacious” and also allows a lot more
light into the station itself. Seeing as the fire wouldn’t burn, we built two
big mounds of debris that we will light at a later date when it is a bit dryer.
A good days’ work was accomplished – and it was fair to say that
we were all pretty knackered after all the sawing and chopping! No doubt there
will be more next week, though…
CJ and Mike saw through one of the toughest trees we had to face
today. The tree was half dead, and was covered in ivy
The huge heap of debris ready to burn after tree felling was
A view from the end of Tower View – it now looks a lot clearer
and lighter, and a lot neater too.
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