Works in the Porter Valley
The 2nd Thursday and 4th Tuesday in each month is a Work Day. If you would like to join us please just turn up on the day. See the calendar below for dates and meeting points.
We meet up with the Rangers and get involved with whatever practical tasks need doing – clearing brambles, cutting back undergrowth encroaching on paths, litter-picking, and many more activities.
If you have any further questions please contact us via the link at the bottom of this page.
From the last Work Day
7 of us stood up to the drizzle last Thursday! Nick Blood our Ranger joined us with a strimmer, and Chris Nicholson brought his dinghy and Duncan Edwards' unique water rake did its stuff ......
The dam is now largely clear and the green slime along the edge of the dam should deter a few dogs. There are photos to prove the valiant efforts of Chris Souster, Graham Axelby and Chris! More story in the incoming Newsletter.
We 4 others cut encroaching brambles and stuff back. Nick used the strimmer brought specially to to tackle the areas at Bingham and up to Greystones. Ghastly weather and not enough trained hands so we will have to have another go on another workday. The coffee was welcome and we cut the morning a bit short! But thanks Linda, Rowena, Glyn and Nick and the water clearers for braving a wet day!
Next workday is at Endcliffe Park on Tuesday 27 June when we will be joined by DWP and knock out the dead flowerbed at Hunters Bar. Mattocks at the ready.
Sheffield City Council regularly contact the FoPV regarding planned works within the valley. They also provide us with various documents for some of the works which explain their plans, and what work is due to be carried out.
Where possible we have provided links to these documents for your information.
Re surfacing the path around Wiremill Dam, unfortunately the contractor preparing the path noticed serious undermining from leaks in the Dam wall similar to the goit problem’s last year.
Closed the Dam path off as a temporary measure, awaiting structural advise.
It is then planned to dig approximately 5 trial pits April / May to aid a structural assessment to advise on a way forward.
Re surfacing paths around Cafe
Tree Safety Works
Following our full 3 yearly tree safety inspection a small number of trees (9-10) are due to be felled to ground level or standing stems throughout the entire woodland between Hangingwater Road and Forge Dam. This is primarily due to the presence of significant decay fungi affecting the roots (armillaria, kretszchmaria) in well used areas, or close to the roadside. There is one tree within the Highcliffe Road to Whiteley Wood Road section that also requires some remedial pruning to address a safety issue.
The large horse chestnut overhanging the dam itself, has now developed 5 separate decay fungi, and will now sadly, also need to be felled for public safety reasons. This is a great shame but in such a busy area, there is no alternative available.
Meadow Farm – Common Lane-Ringinglow Road
Within one of our leased farms on the field bordering Ringinglow Road and Common Lane one mature beech with several cavities, and a significant decay fungi (ganoderma) is also due to be felled to a 5m stem. Again, this is for public safety reasons as the tree is within falling distance of Ringinglow road.
Both jobs will be carried out by our contractors during the next 14 weeks, and may be at different times due to priority. All trees will be inspected for nesting birds prior to work and work halted if necessary.
We will endeavour to keep any disruption to a minimum.
Notices will be posted at all locations.
Should you require any further information please contact the Tree and Woodland Section on (0114) 2736701.
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