Making a splash! Work on the suspension bridge.

The fenced off repair area by the suspension bridge.

Head up along the Mile Walk, past the Walled Garden and towards the river and you’ll find the River Tern and the suspension bridge that spans it, taking you from the more formal Repton landscape on the one side into the wilder woodland on the other.

If you’re a regular visitor to Attingham, chances are you’ve come across the little spot next to the bridge where the ground drops away. However, the increase in both visitors and dogs using the bank over the years has started to take its toll on the area, and the erosion caused has created a large scar on the bank. Not only looking untidy and a bit of an eye sore, but the erosion has started to creep towards the bridge and if not stopped will begin to threaten to undermine the foundations of the bridge, putting it at risk.

To try and halt this, the Ranger team leapt into action. By using sections of trees that were felled earlier in the year due to safety concerns, we have been able to create some natural revetments. These are study enough to hold back the soil and prevent any further erosion.

Installing the first of the tree log revetments takes heavy machinery (and a heavy mallet)
Repair work on the suspension bridge at Attingham.
Installing the first of the tree log revetments takes heavy machinery (and a heavy mallet)

We have added additional soil to back-fill the area, and spread grass seed to help bind it all together and make it look a little nicer.

The newly sown grass is already starting to grow up around the area.
Grass growing on the repaired area by the suspension bridge.
The newly sown grass is already starting to grow up around the area.

Unfortunately, because of these works we have had to fence off this area. This is to allow the grass to grow and take hold, but also as we haven’t quite finished the work yet and we still need to bring in a couple more timbers to put into place.

The area will be reopened soon, please help us by allowing it to recover, until we can reopen it.
The fenced off repair area by the suspension bridge.
The area will be reopened soon, please help us by allowing it to recover, until we can reopen it.

We understand that this is a popular spot, but during this time please keep away from the area until work has been completed. We hope to reopen the area as soon as possible but the more it is used while it’s still not finished then the longer it will be until we can reopen it properly. Thank you for your support.