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Wolvey Old Cricket Field Wetland Nature Reserve

Wolvey Environmental Group
Built a Boardwalk across the Wolvey Wetland


What the Group was up against
Between 2004 when the reserve was opened and 2008 the water table had risen to such an extent that for most of the year the existing shale pathway was under water which meant that the reserve inaccessible to visitors.

Images by kind permission of Pete Hopkins, Sid Hindmarsh and Pat Hindmarsh.

See also Diary of Building  Boardwalk - a day to day account

The four images below are before and after:

2008 2009
 View from the South Gate
showing the flooded pathway.
The new boardwalk viewed
through the South Gate.
View from Leicester road, the flags mark the proposed route of the path extension to accommodate the new boardwalk.  The same view from Leicester road showing how the new boardwalk cuts a swathe though a previous inaccessible part of the wetland.


Getting down to it
The images below show the the new boardwalk under construction it gives an indication of the adverse conditions the group had to overcome during the build.
See also Diary of Building  Boardwalk - a day to day account.

Preparing the Ground
The proposed route was surveyed and pegged out to get the levels right.

Pegging out and checking levels. Some areas needed levelling by hand.


Installing the posts
The posts were driven in, longer posts were needed for the wettest parts.


Fixing the Rails
Rails were fitted to the posts, some areas required further excavation to accommodate the rails.

Final touches were made to the
rails prior to the boards being fitted.
Fitting the rails to posts around
bends proved particularly challenging.


The treads go down
The team were elated when the first
section of boarding was completed.
In the  boggiest parts support was needed to prevent members sinking into the mud.


Nearly there
As the boarding neared completion
it was all hands to the pumps.
Side rails were fitted the complete
200 metre length of the boardwalk.


Time for a cuppa There's Posh
The team take a well earned break. The finished boardwalk looks impressive.


For more images of the Boardwalk click on the links below: 

The Boardwalk
Views of the Boardwalk from South to North and North to south.
Signage Boards
Views of new and existing signage
The Boardwalk Extension
Views of the new Boardwalk Extension 


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