Shiny new posts U and S installed, and EE extricated from vegetation. Photo is a carpet of crabapples.
A pleasant day of joblets in Trafford – Princes Park Irlam, Sale Water Park, Longford Park. Photo is post K at Sale – which raises the serious question of what we should do about posts that disappear in balsam and brambles for half the year ? Moving the posts to somewhere veg-free probably reduces the orienteering challenge significantly, but leaving them there is pretty unkind to people trying to find them. Across all our parks, the issue of rampant vegetation seems to be getting worse almost everywhere.
New car parks have triggered a complete update of the Silver Springs map, and new homes for posts I and Q. Post B (photo) has also been moved away from brambles.
A good Autumn day. Post L photo) and plaque I replaced. Everything painted and plaques added, so a very nice little park is now in perfect shape.
Shiny new Start/Finish for Woodbank Park (photo), and a tour of Bramhall Park assessing the damage from vegetation (brambles and balsam) and humans.
Three controls at Dukes Drive moved away from encroaching vegetation – new sites for W, V and N. Three controls at Bruntwood Park tidied up. A good day’s work.
Picture is Postwatcher John with the new V at Duke’s Drive.
Post N restored to planted and upright – it had been broken off a few inches down so it’s now quite a short post. All other controls checked and a few firmed in.
The field containing AN, P and L is now out of bounds after incidences of dogs worrying sheep, and apparently this isn’t going to change anytime soon. You can still use the Gritstone Trail path from G towards HE, but that’s it.
Posts TT and XX have been re-positioned away from brambles. TT is now on an earthbank 30m to the South, XX is now on the NW corner of the pond. Photo is XX viewed from across the pond.
To go along with the major map revision, we went and sorted a few things out so the course is now in great shape.
Missing post H is now a plaque on the fence. Buried in vegetation posts N, FI and V have all got new homes a few metres away.
Post M was rescued from a contractors compound and for the moment is attached to the nearby fence. All posts are freshly painted and have a hi-vis plaque attached.
Photo is Peter pretending that we put post V back in nice and straight.
Moved a couple of controls (one out of brambles, and one after repeat vandalism) and reinstated another whose support had fallen over. Discovered a small new car park very conveniently right by the Start/Finish (photo).