Glen's chain gang
Published 10 Oct 2012 17:00 1 Comment
ALVA Glen Heritage Trust's Lade project is off to a roaring start.
Following last week's successful Illuminations - where around 4500 visitors helped to raise £2800 towards improving the Glen - at the weekend a group of 25 keen volunteers turned out to formally start restoring the historic Mill Lade.
Within the lower glen there are the curious remains of a small mill, which shows evidence of water having been channelled through a water wheel, then back into the burn via a stepped cascade. The lade was vital in powering the mill.
In just two hours volunteers removed overgrown vegetation to expose the walls and made a start on clearing decades of rubbish out of the lade channel.
A number of diseased and spindly trees were felled by chainsaw - wielded by a volunteer trained by the Ochils Landscape Partnership.
Mike Snell (AGHT volunteer) said, "With the help of extra volunteers we hope to preserve this interesting structure, making it safe, more visible and easily accessible.
"We have already commissioned a report from a conservation architect and had a bat survey carried out. Once the volunteer work has been done, we will bring in specialist conservation restorers to repair the walls."
This article appeared in Alloa & Hillfoots Advertiser 10 Oct 12
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