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« Reply #135 on: April 01, 2011, 11:09:24 AM »

I've got some 50 watt and some 75 watt bulbs left, I personally would prefer 25 watt bulbs as they will produce much less glare for the passing cyclist and motorist. Smiley
Hi Dave, if planting bulbs is too high tec for you,  may I suggest you grind a few stumps, preferably on Dan Bank  Cheesy
I would love to, but due to the steep bank we would not be able to undertake grinding as it would overide all health and safety legislation.  These will rot in time and provide shelter for host for insects etc every wooded area should have a large amount of dead wood for this very reason.
With all the tree felling in Marple would I be correct in thinking arachnophobia and the like will be the next film shot here  Wink
Apparently the council is in talks with an american film company to agree some test shot locations throughout the village for a film they propose to produce and is based on the subject of the excecution of Charles 1st.
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« Reply #136 on: April 01, 2011, 04:36:17 PM »

I took quite a few pics today of the planting and already the leaves are coming out to play on the new trees, also there is a large patch of the Blue Bells at the bottom end coming into bloom. They should be uploaded later onto our website and are alos on my Facebook page, im so happy to the the Blue Bells and trees coming into leave as it softens the blow so much. Smiley

Thank goodness it's gone 12 now Shocked

The photographs mentioned by Mr Myers several wise-cracks back have now been uploaded to the Myers Tree Care web site at: www.myerstreecare.co.uk/danbank.html
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« Reply #137 on: April 01, 2011, 05:11:29 PM »

I took quite a few pics today of the planting and already the leaves are coming out to play on the new trees, also there is a large patch of the Blue Bells at the bottom end coming into bloom. They should be uploaded later onto our website and are alos on my Facebook page, im so happy to the the Blue Bells and trees coming into leave as it softens the blow so much. Smiley

Thank goodness it's gone 12 now Shocked

The photographs mentioned by Mr Myers several wise-cracks back have now been uploaded to the Myers Tree Care web site at: www.myerstreecare.co.uk/danbank.html
Everyday should be April 1st!! its such fun. My birthday tomorrow, but sure I was born on the 1st!!!!!!
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« Reply #138 on: April 02, 2011, 06:41:11 PM »

Coming home at around 3.30 am this morning i saw another dead badger in the road near traffic lights at bottom of Dan Bank.   This the second dead badger I have seen more or less at the same spot within the past 4 weeks!  I have now gone past caring what Dan Bank looks like and just want it all to be over with as the noise and lights most be disorientating to wild life placing them at high risk of injury / death  Cry
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« Reply #139 on: April 02, 2011, 08:18:37 PM »

Not sure there is a connection really - I used to drive through the country every day, and used to see loads of dead stuff around this time of the year, especially badgers, I think they just get a death wish!
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« Reply #140 on: April 03, 2011, 01:04:00 PM »

Not sure there is a connection really - I used to drive through the country every day, and used to see loads of dead stuff around this time of the year, especially badgers, I think they just get a death wish!

You may be right ! But two badgers in the same spot tells me that they are unfamiliar with their route due to the road works!  On my late nights out I am always seeing the badgers cross at a certain point at the bottom of Dan Bank where now unfortunately the road widening has begun!  There are spot lights on all night and very heavy plant machinery all in the road, the noise is deafening.  So whilst I agree in some part with you, I am although aware that disorientation will have paid a major part in their demise
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« Reply #141 on: April 04, 2011, 03:43:41 PM »

Not sure i can join in with the general acceptance of the replacement planting landscape scheme, but this is not a reflection of the quality of works. In a multi million pound scheme we should remember that the cost of the plant material and planting will have probable cost less than 0.2% of the overall project. Larger sized plant material and greater numbers should have been used, even taking into consideration the practical problems of establishment. May be DM could also retrieve the original planting on the left when exiting Marple; with the majority of the plant matrial fastened to their individual supports with wire ties. Unfortunately where engineers are involved the green stuff is either an irrelevance or comes last on the list
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« Reply #142 on: April 04, 2011, 05:52:23 PM »

Not sure i can join in with the general acceptance of the replacement planting landscape scheme, but this is not a reflection of the quality of works. In a multi million pound scheme we should remember that the cost of the plant material and planting will have probable cost less than 0.2% of the overall project. Larger sized plant material and greater numbers should have been used, even taking into consideration the practical problems of establishment. May be DM could also retrieve the original planting on the left when exiting Marple; with the majority of the plant matrial fastened to their individual supports with wire ties. Unfortunately where engineers are involved the green stuff is either an irrelevance or comes last on the list
I agree entirely !  I am amazed at how small the trees/ bushes are and remain at a loss as to how anyone can comment on how well it looks !   I do not hold Mr Myers responsible as he can only work with what he's got, but it's a poor replacement for what we have lost !
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« Reply #143 on: April 04, 2011, 06:49:12 PM »

I would not get so worried about the size of samplings planted. A number of years ago a similar planting exercise took place on Strines Road, although not as large a site as Dan Bank. Within a couple of years the saplings were quite mature and I would be surprised if anyone can now tell the difference. Also it needs to be remembered that planting larger specimens is not only more expensive it is also less successfull in the long term with a high percentage of the larger specimens dying off.
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« Reply #144 on: April 04, 2011, 08:49:16 PM »

its done its finished so not a lot you can do about it its a great improvement .Compstall brow next we hope .
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« Reply #145 on: April 05, 2011, 11:35:46 AM »

I would not get so worried about the size of samplings planted. A number of years ago a similar planting exercise took place on Strines Road, although not as large a site as Dan Bank. Within a couple of years the saplings were quite mature and I would be surprised if anyone can now tell the difference. Also it needs to be remembered that planting larger specimens is not only more expensive it is also less successfull in the long term with a high percentage of the larger specimens dying off.

I assume you are comparing the planting which extends along the grass strip between Strines Road/Lower Strines Road. From my recollection which is always a dangerous thing the plant material in size was in keeping with an average landscape scheme; the numbers were certainly more significant than Dan Bank as can be seen from the results on site at present which are in desperate need to be thinned out to allow the better long term specimens to flourish. The point i was trying to make was landscaping is normally the poor relation in a large scale engineering project. As for larger specimens dying off this percentage can be negligible if the species choice is correct, site preparation is professionally carried out, and a maintenance programme is implemented. DM are you carrying out the maintenance or will this be down to SMBC for the next 3-5 years?
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« Reply #146 on: April 05, 2011, 10:15:43 PM »

I would not get so worried about the size of samplings planted. A number of years ago a similar planting exercise took place on Strines Road, although not as large a site as Dan Bank. Within a couple of years the saplings were quite mature and I would be surprised if anyone can now tell the difference. Also it needs to be remembered that planting larger specimens is not only more expensive it is also less successfull in the long term with a high percentage of the larger specimens dying off.

I assume you are comparing the planting which extends along the grass strip between Strines Road/Lower Strines Road. From my recollection which is always a dangerous thing the plant material in size was in keeping with an average landscape scheme; the numbers were certainly more significant than Dan Bank as can be seen from the results on site at present which are in desperate need to be thinned out to allow the better long term specimens to flourish. The point i was trying to make was landscaping is normally the poor relation in a large scale engineering project. As for larger specimens dying off this percentage can be negligible if the species choice is correct, site preparation is professionally carried out, and a maintenance programme is implemented. DM are you carrying out the maintenance or will this be down to SMBC for the next 3-5 years?
Strines 1st, the planting scheme there was undertaken by smbc and the actual numbers were far less than db, regards thinning, yes they are in need of that and its always the practice to over plant at the start of a scheme so the best can be retained for the future and the later being removed to allow this. Dan Bank 2nd, the species that were planted are native and were chosen by the relevant tree officers, yes there will be a percentage that will fail and given the difficulty of covering the steep sections with fresh soil, we have found that areas are a little thin for replanting, this however will be a short term problem, as natural regeneration will take over were we have left off.  Regards the maintenance, smbc will be responsible for the care for these trees, which will involve watering and tie adjustment etc, we may be asked to undertake this or it may be dealt with internally.
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« Reply #147 on: April 06, 2011, 09:29:29 PM »

Does anybody know why the work seems to have halted on Dan Bank?

The pavement is not finished. The access to Dan Bank from Stockport Road is not completed. The lower half of the new wall still has no 'top' stones on it. The pavement/cycle track has no markings. And the junction with Dooley Lane is an absolute nightmare, with queues going back to the Spread Eagle and further, not just at rush hour but even on a Sunday afternoon.

But I've not seen any progress in the last two weeks. Certainly the junction has had nothing done at all.

Have all the workers gone home?
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« Reply #148 on: April 06, 2011, 10:37:35 PM »

No they most defiantly have not !  They are still working throughout the night and the compound is still in full swing on Stockport Road also during the night  Could be that it's the new financial year and monies in last years pot is spent, hence the slowing down.
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« Reply #149 on: April 07, 2011, 03:48:39 PM »

I thought they worked at night because that was the least disruptive time for closing the road. I can't think of any reason to be working at night with the road open. They could work during the day and not need to spend money on lights.

If they are still working, how come there appears to have been no progress in the last 10 days?
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