Did you know that Frensham is internationally important for its variety of rare and endangered wildlife? It’s a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Protection Area and a Special Area of Conservation. We aim to keep it this way, by maintaining our land as an environment that supports a rich diversity of life.
You wouldn’t think that trees take much managing, but they do. Our rangers work to protect our woodland and veteran trees as well as protecting you, by making sure that our woodland is safe for you to wander freely around.
Next time you’re out and about take note of all the benches, gates, steps, fences and signs that you come across. We want you to have access to all of our wonderful countryside so we install countryside furniture to provide you access, keep you safe and help you along your way.
Last autumn we carried out much needed repairs to our ancient dam (originally built in 1246 by the monks of Waverley Abbey). The dam is now looking great and more importantly watertight and safe. See what was done during the 14 week project...
Week 1 - Machines and equipment arrive
Our Little Pond is buzzing with activity - the plant and materials arrive, fences are erected, track-way panels are placed and an office compound is created...
Week 2 - Grouting work begins
The repair work begins - the enormous task of grouting and re-pointing will take several weeks...
Week 3 - Unwelcome surprise
On Tuesday a military device was found near the dam. It was believed to be a No 77 British white phosphorous grenade and was probably used by troops in the Second World War. The device was dealt with by the emergency services. Work continues on the grouting...
Week 4 - Grouting continues...
... 41 more drums of grouting are delivered.
Spillway chute - a scaffold platform is erected to help us to drill and grout a ‘chemical grout’ into the old structure to make it watertight. A post-war buttress is also demolished.
Week 5 - Installing wellpoints
Wellpointing is a process where a vacuum is applied to a system of pipes in the ground to suck up water. This lowers the water table and allows excavation works to be carried out in dry conditions.
Week 5 - Spillway chute excavation
A ring of wellpoints keep the area dry for the excavation of the spillway chute. It is excavated down to the level at which the concrete will be cast.
Week 6 - Fixing steel for concrete
We’re partway through fixing the steel reinforcement for the new reinforced concrete chute. This will lengthen the seepage path under the dam foundation. Work also continues on re-pointing…
Week 7 - Excavation to install a flume
Work starts, upstream of Grange Road, to install a small concrete flume (man-made channel for water). This will allow us to measure any water seepage in the dam foundation when the pond is not overflowing.
Week 8 - Concrete chute
We poured the first lot of concrete (base slab) into the excavated spillway chute. At a later date the visible face of the chute will be brick clad.
Week 9 - Things are shaping up
The channel walls were completed this week. The ‘step recess’ is for the new footbridge and soil will be back-filled to the top of the wall.
Week 10 - Brick cladding the channel
Work began on brick cladding the inner faces of the concrete channel. This will hide any concrete and be in keeping with the existing dam.
Week 11 - Rebuilding the lower arch
This week we rebuilt the lower arch and finished backfilling on the western side of the chute. Our refurbished iron railings were also delivered.
Week 12 - Building our new bridge
Work begins on building our new bridge across the channel. You’ll soon be able to use this when strolling around the pond.
Week 13 - Final touches
The paths are almost complete.
Next weekend all the footpaths should be open for you to see our renovated dam.
Week 14 - Footpaths are opened
Our new wooden bridge was completed and the footpaths near the dam were opened.
All the brick work was finished off too.