Inert definitely returns to Manor farm, aiming for last push to complete restoration. 27th April 2022
Wednesday was an unpromising grey, overcast day. Pretty bad light conditions for photography. I almost didn't pay Manor farm a site visit. Am I glad I did - and was held up by two large lorries reversing into driveways. I managed a talk with Inert's site manager, who gave me an update on what was happening - as far as he knew.
Oh, the site manager, who visited Manor farm to check up on progress, also turned on the pump. Water levels of Manor lake have been, apparently, too high. Looked alright to me. They've been at that level for as long as I can remember.
Well folks, today I finally returned for a mid-week stomp along MGL and Manor farm. I have not real idea why I decided to pay a visit. I had assumed that Inert would not be returning to Manor farm until about July or August. However, it was gloriously sunny, not too windy and quite warm; almost perfect photography weather.
Therefore, I was most surprised to discover that Inert had returned to Manor farm, and it appears this week. I bumped into a MGLG member, who told me he had not seen Inert on the site until this week. He visits the site almost daily.
I am not holding my breath that this activity will continue. For why? Well, firstly, the bulldozer driver was working on Chandlers farm; though to be fair, the MGLG member said he did see the bulldozer working on Manor farm on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Secondly, the pump was off, and water levels quite high in all ponds - particularly what is left of Cormorant lake (south).
Thirdly, I've seen this before. Inert have a very brief flurry of activity, and then disappear for months.
Fourthly, the two or three lorries operating on the site today were dropping their loads in a very curious place: halfway along the land bridge - effectively cutting off the northern half of the site from the southern half.
Turning away from my negative view of what is happening, and concentrating on positive thoughts.
It is possible that what was happening today was according to plan, and that Inert are now shaping the northern shore of the new, extended Manor lake. Well, as they say, time will tell.
Oh, the lorries are reversing up the land bridges again. I have no idea why. It hasn't rained for weeks. Ground conditions are rock hard, and there is tons of space for the lorries to operate on. All this reversing is doing is wasting time and fuel. Wouldn't believe there is a fuel crisis going on. Well, Cemex pay for the stuff in the end.
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