This week I’ve been preparing for two consultation sessions followed by walks in the Ings woodland. This is a wetland area with a walk quite close to the lake and it often floods. We are genuinely consulting with as many people as possible about their views on how we can best improve all year access.
As usual in the Lakes, we are looking for the best balance between access and conservation. The area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) so it is important to protect the wetland vegetation. One way we feel we can do this is to construct a recycled boardwalk like the one that has been successful at the southern end of Derwentwater. (We have also used it beside our shop.) Natural England has indicated that they would see a boardwalk made from recycled materials as a suitable solution. The following pictures show its use.
It is half-term holidays for schools so we are expecting a lot of visitors. I’m hoping that many of them will drop in on one of the sessions to have their say about the proposal. It’s always possible that someone can see the situation with a fresh perspective and might offer an idea that hasn’t occurred to us so it’s worth having these consultation sessions.
I love running through the Ings. Everybody calls it Dirty Wood though.