I had a very pleasant day out last week with a team from Natural England. This gave us the opportunity to show them the work we're doing within the Water Framework Directive. This is the national policy aimed at improving water quality so it influences much that we do here in the Lake District.
With that in mind, John Malley (our regional water advisor) and I planned some visits to see relevant projects in our North Lakes area.
We began with a visit to the new treatment plant at Force Crag Mine. At this early stage, it is showing all signs that it is working incredibly well.
There wasn’t time to fit in a visit to Stoneycroft Ghyll but we did have a discussion about contributing to erosion control and slope stabilization in and around the ghyll with our installation of chains for the use of scramblers. We then looked at our work on the woodland expansion schemes. This also contributes to slope stabilization.
Our final visit was to High Snab Farm to talk to Tom about his hay meadows which are thriving and looking exceptionally good at this time of year. Indeed, High Snab in general is looking fantastic.
Each of these projects has a part to play in reducing the amount of pollution and sediment being washed down in streams and rivers into the lakes.
Quote of the week came from one of the Natural England team who wished that we could clone Tom and have him throughout the Lake District.
Roy’s been looking at flowers. So have I. It’s great when you roll on them.