Weekend at Beaumont College, Lancaster, May 2014

Burton Conservation Volunteers had an outdoor working weekend in the grounds of Beaumont College in Lancaster. Beaumont is a Scope college for special-needs students, situated in some picturesque grounds on a hillside with fine views to Morecambe Bay on one side and the Lancashire hills on the other.

During our weekend there we laid a path using plastic Ecogrid filled in with gravel. The new path now allows easy wheelchair access from the college buildings up to the garden area - and with a bit more work this will link up to the existing paths further up, right up to the top viewing area.

Other tasks included some much-needed clearance work on an overgrown bluebell hollow - we timed our visit perfectly when the bluebells were in full bloom - and some crown-lifting of trees in the viewing area.

We camped at a nice site overlooking Morecambe Bay, and finished off the weekend with a bonfire and barbecue.

View over Morecambe Bay Laying out the new path
View over Morecambe Bay Laying out the new path
   
Shaun on a test run Filling in with gravel

Shaun on a test run

Filling in with gravel

   
Overgrown bluebell hollow Bluebell hollow after clearance work

Overgrown bluebell hollow

Bluebell hollow after clearance work
   
Top viewing area Barbecue time
Top viewing area Barbecue time