Spring Cleaning Ness Glen

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hogboy
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Spring Cleaning Ness Glen

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After a couple of landslides, some fairly major releases and the obliteration of a few sheep, the Ness Glen in Ayrshire is needing a bit of pruning/TLC.

Managed to get a few bits of wood out last night but am heading up there 10am sunday morning with saw, ropes etc.

Meeting at the turn off to Loch doon from the A713 near Dalmellington if anyone fanices lending a hand

Bear in mind this is a 365 day per year release so, IMO, is worth a bit of effort.

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Re: Spring Cleaning Ness Glen

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Good on you, with a dry summer ahead looks like lots of folk with be floating and grinding their way down this run.

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Re: Spring Cleaning Ness Glen

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I'll have a word with 'Team Borders' and maybe come across and help out. Not paddled Ness Glen for ages n it does not look like much water this weekend!

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Re: Spring Cleaning Ness Glen

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Did actually get another broken blade out last night. Carbon shaft, white blade..."performance works" make I think..

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Re: Spring Cleaning Ness Glen

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Conrad, I just spotted this today, I'd be up for helping clear some of the debris next weekend if required. g
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hogboy
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Re: Spring Cleaning Ness Glen

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Thanks George,

I think the guys got it done today to the point where it is much more runable and safe. I didn't witness much as, after 10 mins, I managed to drop a very heavy bit of wood on the tip of my thumb, therby removing the end of my thumb, thumb-nail and a bit of bone. Still, Id rather be at A&E on a sunday morning than a saturday night.....

thumb will be a bit shorter but joint and nail-bed were ok so stitches out in 10 days, back on the water in 3 weeks..touch wood...NO...WAIT....I didn't mean that

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Re: Spring Cleaning Ness Glen

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As Conrad says, we got most of the big stuff out including a 30ft tree that was still partially attached to the banking.All this was done after Conrad 'conveniently' dropped a 'twig' on his thumb!!! It is now mostly runnable but could still do with more clearing on the run out from the last rapids just to clear all the niff naff stuff that could cause a problem for a swimmer. Anybody who uses this great wee river please take some time to do a bit of tidying. Cheers

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tpage
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Re: Spring Cleaning Ness Glen

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A Big Thumbs Up to Conrad ... for getting this done!

Conrad, are you doing a double act with "Nick the claw"?

Seriously, I hope it the thumb heals quickly for you.
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Re: Spring Cleaning Ness Glen

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Did the SSSI status of the Glen cause any problems?

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Re: Spring Cleaning Ness Glen

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As far as I am aware, Ness Glen is not a designated site of special scientific interest. I believe that the area further down around Bogtown Loch is, however.

In terms of causing problems, we have had conversations with the landowner over the past few years since he kindly cleared the whole river of trees in 2005 and built a new path. He is happy for us to paddle there and was supportive of our effots two years ago to clear massive blockages. I have no reason to belive that that has changed.

This year was more of the same. The river was paddleable, but had a number of fallen branches and prevuioulsy cut branches that either made the lines very difficult or created an extra risk for swimmers. These have mostly been cleared and the river is a lot safer than it was.

Don't think we did any damage to the eco-sytem with our efforts, which is more than I can say for my thumb....

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