Saturday, 15 October 2011

ASE Path Laying

The weather had changed from wet, overcast, like walking about in a cloud kind of weather to dry and getting brighter. I was beginning to worry at the start of the week when all about was sodden.

Friday we had 88 employees of ASE from Manchester come blitz the Apprentice path and part of our path through the Southern woods.

The task was to move 42 Tonnes of stone along the path after first installing  the edging boards.

After an initial briefing the team set to in their respective teams and got cracking on their sections. By the Mid morning coffee break, which was had on the hoof, things were already beginning to take shape.

1pm, lunchtime we were able to take stock of what had been achieved thus far and get the roller out to start consolidating the path.

The guys and gals had worked really hard during the morning and it was becoming apparent that we were going to run out of stone at the crucial place so quickly set some on with wheel barrows to start moving it from other bags further up the path.

We also employed our tractor and trailer to move stone from further afield as well. The sloping fields certainly add to the excitement with a full load of stone in the trailer!

By 3pm a full hour ahead of time the task was almost complete. The full 42t had been taken to it's respective place and the path look resplendent in the sun which was now coming out.

A brilliant day, lots achieved and everyone had a good time. I think we will invite ASE to come back and do some of the more challenging areas of path resurfacing we have. I have a feeling they would eat it up!

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