SGCT contractors have been working hard to conserve the historic structures which we manage across the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site.

CBS Conservation Ltd from Oswestry have begun work to further conserve Bower Yard Lime kilns by refacing areas of mudstone damaged by freeze thaw action over the Winter with limestone and traditional lime mortar.

Nick Watkins of NW Tree Services has been carrying out important repairs to the stream banks next to Lydebrook Dingle culvert using alder trees felled on site which are resistant to water damage. This project, managed by Nathan Morris, has taken many months to organise liasing with Natural England as it is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, Forestry Commission, Telford and Wrekin Council and the Environment Agency.

This is an important part of our work to manage many watercourses within the World Heritage Site which are of very high value for nature conservation. The repairs will help slow the high levels of silt which are washed down the Lydebrook, including coal and fuel ash waste thereby helping to maintain the chemical balance of the stream which the invertebrates rely on to flourish.

It will also help Telford & Wrekin Council through reducing the amount of silt coming down into the silt trap above Upper Furnace Pool which is very expensive to remove. IMG_2601IMG_2559