Earlier this summer we were able to run a training day at Flatford teaching a number of volunteers how to go about renovating the riverside structures. This was a practical day run in conjunction with a team from the National Trust and volunteers from both the National Trust and the Dedham Vale and Stour Valley project as well as member of the general public.
We were working on the dry dock at Flatford which was beginning to leak and required a new dock gate. The day started with a short talk by David Piper the National Trust Warden for the site, which outlined what we would be doing over the next few days.
David outlined how we would be creating a dam in front of the drydock gate to make it easier to remove and replace the planks which together formed the gate holding back the river from the rest of the drydock. The planks were to be made out of oak boards that were going to be cut and finished by the volunteers over the next few days.
We were also pleased to be able to give out some t-shirts to the volunteers who have been helping on a number of projects within the Managing a Masterpiece programme.