Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Royal visits and triathlons

By Pip Noon, Deputy Head of Ranger Services

Special events have dominated the week for rangers – including a visit by the Princess Royal on 8 July when our Waveney Ranger provided on the water support and Operation Dragonfly.

At the weekend the Norwich Triathlon took place at Whitlingham Country Park while rangers helped at South Norfolk Fun Day on Sunday and on the BA promotional stand at the Chet Valley Festival on the previous weekend where badge making for children proved to be particularly popular.

Meanwhile further Ranger Volunteer training is being hosted by the Yare/Whitlingham team to help our fantastic volunteers towards Level 2 skills.

On the water a navigation channel post was noted as missing from Breydon Water and arrangements were made for a temporary buoy to be used as a marker. Our Yare Ranger aboard the Hardley launch removed a large log which was causing a hazard to boaters on the River Chet.

The Wroxham/Ant Ranger team has been undertaking routine site checks and brushcutting this week. Some paths have been cut on Wroxham Island in readiness for Himalayan balsam pulling sessions with volunteers next week.

Between navigation patrols, the Ludham Ranger team has been assisting Environment Officers with the remediation project at Duck Broad by planting reeds in the dredged sediments.

The wind and rain has caused several tree branches to collapse at various locations across the Broads. Emergency tree works were undertaken on Wednesday evening to clear branches on the public highway at Whitlingham. Hire boat customers have coped very well with the difficult conditions.

On 10 July, Breydon Rangers met with representatives from Keep Britain Tidy and Great Yarmouth Borough Council to discuss a foreshore clean-up initiative involving the local community later this year. There is a great accumulation of litter along the edges of Breydon Water.

It’s hoped that a new group may form to care for this area longer-term using the RiverCare model. The litter is a sad detraction from the beautiful purple blush of sea asters which are in bloom across the salt marsh presently.

And lastly three Rangers valiantly fought a sadly losing battle in the BA versus Broadland District Council six-aside football tournament last Friday.

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