After much planning our new boat is ready and due to be delivered tomorrow morning. The new boat replaces our old fen lighter which served the fen well for a good number of years and is now sitting on the bank next to the boat shed.
To go with the new boat we are also creating a new jetty. Jason Cooper has got the work underway with his excavator by slubbing the bank and pushing some posts in for James, our Senior Warden, to get a boardwalk constructed over. A floating pontoon made up of lots of small sections attached together to form a larger rectangular structure will then be attached to the jetty. This will allow for easy access to the boat as the water level changes in the lode.
As Jason has been working on the Sedge Fen he has to keep the digger on mats. You can see them in the picture below. They spread they weight to prevent the digger from sinking, to move he has to pick one up, move it around, track on to it, pick up the next and so on. As a result it can take a bit of time and patience to get from one side of the fen to the other.