Updated 4 Jun 2008
Planting a new oakwood in Dorset
Unblocking the Old Mill Stream, Sep 2007
After 4 years of planning, the Old Mill Stream
around Eye Mead was finally re-connected with the River STOUR.
In Roman times the Mill Stream was the main arm of the Stour which passed
Vexillation fortress at Lake Farm, Corfe Mullen.
Blocked by man at the upstream end over a century ago, the two mile stream
was turning into a dry ditch. Fifty yards of new channel was cut through the
old infill, and 100 yards of silted ditch was deepened and widened.
This would have been much more difficult and expensive without 30 days
of drought. The bill was paid by a Building Society take-over. Thanks to
Simon Oaks of SJ Plant Hire for his cheerful skill,
and bravery when nearly swallowed by centuries of mud.
TIDAL TRENCH to control flooding.
Theory & early results and
Results during flooding
Cutting the grass on 10 Sep. The second cut (the aftermath)
bales from 20 acres. The river was very high for
late summer, haste was essential.
The 3 ton digger arrives on 18 Sep, a tight fit in the access track.
It was brand new, this was its first job, Simon Oaks at the controls.
Started digging the trench at the river end, big flints, sandstone,
grit and soil
, perhaps filled-in a century ago?
The long spoil heap at the bridge end, mostly mud and soil.
Here the Mill
stream has silted up naturally,
(See 62q, 6 months later.)
Digging from the bridge, Simon Oaks at the controls. A large concrete
under the bridge defines the working level of the Mill Stream.
A dangerous position. I wanted the trench dug deeper, requiring the
tracks across the trench by the gate.
Filling the 1-ton dumper with stony spoil. Five digger buckets
dumper, then 17 dumper trips were needed.
Dumping the stony spoil into the "Cumberland Gap",
the muddiest gate on
the Reserve between two fields. It took 17 loads.
SJ Plant Hire Ltd,
Plant & Machinery Hire & Leasing
Director: Simon John Oak
Transport manager: John Oak
34 Hunt Road
Dorset BH15 3QD
Operating centre: 36, Hunt Road
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