Following a week of challenging climbs to the North Tor of Slieve Binnian (including two in extremely wintery conditions) a group of trainees from East Coast Adventure participated in landscaping the erosion scar between the North Tor and the summit as part of the Mourne Upland Erosion Control and Path works. The group cut turfs form the mountain landscape and the used the turfs to patch in the previous desire line/walking route to encourage walkers to use the new sustainable path. Simple but effective. The heather sods will re-root, aiding habitat recovery and mitigate the visual impact of the erosion and the cut outs will grow over again.
A second week with the group saw us continuing the hard work to repair eroded sections of the path from Ben Crom to the Binnian/Lamagan col. This is an essential part of the effort to mitigate erosion and contributes greatly to a ‘stitch in time’ approach to upland management. The group closed off a Borrow pit, previously used for sourcing sand and gravel to surface the path. In order to fill the enormous hole we had to collect boulders, soil and graduate the sides of the pit before turfing the top so it was hidden within the landscape. Towards the end of the week the group opened up a further two borrow pits further along the path and completed 5 metres of new path. The group cut and filled the foundation trench and used aggregate sourced from the borrow pit to surface the path, levelling in a way that the water can run off the path without washing it away.
Mourne Heritage Trust would like to thank the trainees and staff from East Coast Adventure for all their hard work and efforts.
Work on the Ben Crom Volunteer path is continual. If you are interested in getting involved with the path volunteers please contact Mourne Heritage Trust.
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