We are researching the potential to use low grade wool as a conservation textile to repair an area of damaged peat bog in the Black Mountains of mid Wales. The first line was laid with help of over 350 volunteers on 27th March 2010.
In September 2010, we crossed the line. Laying about 80 wool ‘sausages’, nets stuffed with greasy wool, carried by volunteers including 10 Gurkha soldiers.
Wool installed in 2010 is still there! considering the weather this is a miracle as I have been up there when the peat is so dry that there have been mini tornadoes. Algae and mosses have begun to establish themselves in the sheltered hollows of the felted wool. Dry weather early in 2011 has made this difficult to see and last year’s felt looks a little like parchment. However the wool sausages are clearly working and you can see the channels back filling as the water is slowed by the wool.
So the plan is to double effort each year for next 5 years.
So far in 2011, we have made over 200 wool sausages and with the help of grants I have bought 600 metres of needle felted wool ( much less labour intensive to make). We have now transported all of this, approximately 1000 kilos to the mountain top with the aid of horses, Gurkhas and other stalwart volunteers. All the sausages are now installed as is one more 300metre line of felt. Photos will soon follow courtesy of the nearby Black Mountain gliders.
All this has been possible only because of the tremendous good will of so many people and animals
Have a look at the details below!
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