Record of my work experience with Exmoor National Park

Work experience 07-10-2014

Work experience 07-10-2014

Today we set out to remove the old chicken-wire from a bridge and replace it with more substantial heavy-duty grating. The new wire grating was loaded into the trailer ready for the bridge. Before going to the bridge, we checked out a nearby drain, there had been some rain recently and it is always worth […]

Work experience 30-09-2014

Work experience 30-09-2014

Today we set out for Hoar Oak Cottage where we had to help with some clearance work and removing a fence around the building. Hoar Oak Cottage is a ruined cottage out in the middle of the moors, it is hard to reach and a Land Rover or tractor is the only real way in […]

Work experience 23-09-2014

Work experience 23-09-2014

Today we were out putting up and replacing signposts. This is simply a case of finding the old sign or the position for a new sign, digging a hole and then filling in around the base of the new signpost. We had 7 signs to do in total and chose signs that were all in […]

Work experience 16-09-2014

Work experience 16-09-2014

This week we were clearing a Willow (Salix) from a bridge on a footpath. This meant we needed to carry out maintenance on the chainsaws that would be used during the day. The chainsaws needed to be sharpened which involves clamping the bar in a vice ready for sharpening. A tooth on the chain is […]

Work experience 03-07-2014

Work experience 03-07-2014

Today we finished off a job resurfacing a rooftop area for the cafe at the top of the Exmoor National Parks visitor centre in Lynmouth. 9 Tons of shingle had been removed from the roof and we were laying grey stone followed by a topping of peat shingle which is red in colour. The first […]

Work experience 26-06-2014

Work experience 26-06-2014

Today we had to clear some fallen trees from a footpath and remove the root ball that had come down with one of them. This required the digger, so the first job was to swap trailers and get the digger loaded up. Once at the site, we walked the footpath to check where the fallen […]

Work experience 19-06-2014

Work experience 19-06-2014

Today we put in a sign asking for car park donations at Haddon Hill and also mowed and strimmed the car park. The relevant tools were loaded up, the Scag mower/flail and the strimmer. We arrived at Haddon Hill car park and I used the Scag under instruction to mow the majority of the grass […]

Work experience 12-06-2014

Work experience 12-06-2014

Today we were re-surfacing a path alongside the river near Dunster. For this we needed the digger and the tipper. Getting the tools ready for loading onto the trailer. We also needed the tipper trailer filled with stone chippings to use on the path Loading the trailer with the stone The tipper and digger were […]

Work experience 05-06-2014

Work experience 05-06-2014

Today we set out to build a boardwalk on Porlock Salt Marshes in an area where the path was eroding and becoming very slippery. We loaded up several 8×2 planks and a large number of 4×2 rails to construct the boardwalk, we also had to visit a local supplier to get stakes and heavy duty […]

Work experience 15-05-2014

Work experience 15-05-2014

This week we were continuing work on a new footpath that was being cut through woodland to replace an old footpath that had collapsed into the river due to recent flooding. This had required some careful planing work and the line of the new footpath had to be agreed by planning agencies and local council. […]