Today we completed work on a fence being put in for a land owner and added a flood gate over the stream which the fence crosses.
This job demonstrated the political nature of some requests on Exmoor National Park as the land owner is technically responsible for the fence, but as it is alongside a permitted path (not a right of way) Exmoor National Park have agreed to carry out the work and supply the fencing to maintain relations with the land owner.
The first job was add staples to the end of the fencing run so the top strand could be tightened correctly.
Staples were then added to the top strand all the way along, but not hammered down to provide a guide for the top strand of wire
Staples were added to the end post for the main run of fencing wire
The tensioning tool was used to get the top strand tight, and then the staples were hammered home to ensure the fence was secure
More posts were added to the final run of fencing
The fence wire was then attached to these using staples
A rail was added to the bottom section of the fence where the flood gate needed to be positioned
Gate hinges were attached to this rail to allow the flood gate to move if the stream floods
The flood gate was then measured and constructed using rails
The flood gate was then fitted to the supporting rail with the hinges