Bourton Meadow update

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Some of the BCS volunteers spent 2 days in mid November working with Nick Hawes and his team from ATN farms to construct a pump chamber. This has been consented by the Environment Agency to allow us to build a river intake to a chamber where a solar powered pump will be installed in the spring.

The pump will feed the water through a pipe in the duct which was also installed. This will keep the section of canal at Bourton Meadow topped up throughout the year and ensure a slight flow of water from each end of the canal to the spill weir where the excess will return to the river. For those wondering this will be using a specialist DC voltage solar powered borehole pump and is designed as an integrated solution by Mono Pumps to be within our 20,000 litres of water per day abstraction licence.

We anticipate using this same solution at Hyde lane during the summer and at Little Hill farm later in the year subject to inland Drainage Board consent and additional Environment Agency licences.

 

Our thanks to Nick and his teams continuing support for the restoration as well as the dedication of the volunteers in the cold and wet!