Just below post Q at Kersal Dale, there’s a complicated arrangement of bricks that could qualify as a sculpture.
Entomology Corner: Two of the posts at Moses Gate Darcy Lever seem to have become home to colonies of little black beetles – (see photo) – they’re about the size of ladybirds. I’ve not seen anything like this on any of our 1500 posts before. A local expert tells me they are Alder Leaf beetles, which went extinct in 1895 but reappeared at Styal in 2005 and are now relatively common. Darcy Lever must have more alder trees than any of our other parks!
Megatons of rock are being planted around the river at Reddish Vale, apparently to prevent the undermining of the viaduct stanchions. Amazingly, the POC is unaffected.
Right now is the perfect time for getting out in our parks. Winter sogginess is drying out, undergrowth is still well down, visibility is perfect. Here’s Bramhall Hall looking great.
There’s a circus in the park until the end of this month.
There’s a new BMX area being created on the old pitch and putt area.
And there’s a new perimeter multi-use track being created (see main photo). All a bit tricky in terms of keeping the map up-to-date !
The beech woods at Tandle Hill looking beautifully runnable this afternoon.
Picture shows where post Q used to be. Looks like maintaining the overhead powerline involves complete ground clearance underneath! Amazingly, at the other end, posts L and Z survived intact.
The picture shows the Masterplan for Burrs Country Park. The first bullet under General Notes is “upgrade QR codes linked to orienteering trail”. Well, fear not, folks, we’ve just done it all by ourselves without being asked.
Our experiment of using the MOBO app on phones wasn’t a triumph (QR codes no longer functional, very few users), so we’ve replaced all the controls with new plaques with our own QR code in the middle. While we were at it, a couple of controls (22,23) have been removed due to traffic on the cobbled road, and a few controls (Y, 15, 24) moved to new positions.
New white and yellow courses are about to be unveiled at Lyme, along with some posts moved to more accessible sites.
Now the gardens have been re-opened, we’ve updated the (very old) map of the Hall Gardens at Wythenshawe.