John Muir Trust work party on Tanera

22 November 2012

Preparing a section of path ready for improved drainage (Photo: Kevin Percival)Last month, just as the regular season was drawing to a close, we welcomed a group of 12 John Muir Trust members and 2 JMT staff members to Tanera for a five day work party. The opportunity to host the JMT work party came about through our involvement in the Coigach Assynt Living Landscapes Project (http://coigach-assynt.org/) of which both we and the JMT are members.

We were delighted to be blessed with an extremely experienced and hard working group able to turn their numerous hands to a great range of tasks, all undertaken with enthusiasm, care and diligence. We were also blessed with excellent weather, for the first three and a half days of the week. Thereafter the conditions proved very good for testing the newly installed path drainage systems!

Precision stone work at Tigh-an-Quay (Photo: Kevin Percival)A huge range of tasks were achieved by the group, including; restoration and improvement of a good section of the Island’s main path, considerable repair to the stonework at the head of Tigh-an-Quay Pier, thinning the birch woodland, upgrading an old fence line, removal of a considerable area of gorse and rubbish collection across the majority of the Island’s beaches.

The group were led by Sandy Maxwell, the JMT work party co-ordinator, with expert input from Chris Goodman, the JMT Path Officer. In addition Brian Wilson, an Ullapool based drystane dyker, lead on the stone dyking element at Tigh-an-Quay Pier. We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone involved for their hard work and for providing us with such a memorable and enjoyable week.

We are delighted that dates have now been confirmed for a further work party in October 2013. If you’re interested more details can be found here: http://www.jmt.org/activities-conservation-work-parties.asp
 

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