High Snab dam repairs
Some of the conservation work we do in the outdoors is extremely demanding, but often it's the hardest jobs that are the most satisfying.
Historic dam in need of repair
High Snab dam was constructed between 1569 and 1573 by the miners of the Company of Mines Royal, supplying water via a 1,200 yard leat to the mine workings at Goldscope. The water drove a 22ft wheel inside the mine workings (one of the first of its kind in the country) and this helped to drain the mine and bring up ore from the lower depths.
Not just for history's sake
These days the reservoir supplies water to High Snab farm and Low High Snab and the line of the historic leat is still clear in the landscape and can be walked.
Can we fix it?
The reservoir has a double overflow system designed to dissipate water so that the flow does not damage the base of the dam. During recent high water events one of these channels suffered quite a substantial washout.
Yes we can
It was our job to fix it. We had to combine skill, strength and ingenuity to winch and hand-bar all the large boulders into position to re-construct the retaining wall.
" This was an unusual piece of conservation work carried out by the Ranger team - a herculean team effort! "
The whole team - Ian, Andy, Paul, Jack, Dan and not forgetting volunteer Robert - worked together with traditional skills and good old fashioned hard graft and this is one job we're very proud of.