At the beginning of September, the volunteers were to be found clearing a stretch of the Bovey Pottery Leat below Yarner Wood. Colin Turner, on behalf of the local residents, had commissioned us to clear a section of about 600 metres where the leat passes through a field. Once cleared, the National Park will bring in a digger to reopen the channel so that the water can flow again through the gardens and down to the Pottery Pond in Bovey Tracey.
 
There is a leat under here somewhere!

There is a leat under here somewhere!

 
With 13 hard working volunteers on each day, we surprised ourselves and completed the job in just a day and a half. It was very muddy work with a few people’s wellies getting stuck but no-one had to be rescued!
 
Work under way.

Work under way.

 
A big thank you to Colin and his wife for providing excellent refreshments at the end of each day and for arranging a generous donation to the DPA for our work.
This section is finished.

This section is finished.

Thanks to everyone who took part and who were prepared to “muck in” quite literally.
 
We hope to return to see the leat running in a couple of months’ time.
 
PS. Thanks to Sylvia for the photos and text ….