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Sep 06

Oldminster Sidings Undergrowth Clearance Complete

It’s been tough work, with teams of volunteers working 3 to 4 days per week for the last 5 months, right through the heat wave, but we’re delighted to announce that we’ve completed the ground clearance work of the 1 acre site at Oldminster sidings in time before the end of August environmental deadline, when any lizards or other reptiles in the area start to go into brumation. This now means we can move onto the next phase of clearance and remove some of the larger trees now the bird nesting season is over.

The work has revealed 4 sidings that run the full length of the site, with siding 1, the oldest siding, nearest the embankment and siding 4 nearest the dock.

Comparing the site back in April to how it looks by the end of August, it’s hard to believe it’s the same site, with all the ground cover plants and small bushes removed in accordance with environmental rules and our ecologist’s advice.

To follow progress of Oldminster Siding work please go to the Oldminster siding projects page.

 

Buffer stock on Siding 1, before and after.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View across the sidings, before and after.

 

The team of volunteers led by Edgar Craggs are delighted with this achievement. More recently we’ve also been allowed to move secure storage facilities on site, which also serves as a useful tea room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is another significant milestone in becoming an operational working heritage railway museum.

Well done to all those that have helped.