The winter stoppages have now finished and we are welcoming boats from other parts of the the canal network. The Ashby has been very busy during the lovely spring weather. Our landscaping works and car parking works are still ongoing and our new offices on the first floor of the building are now ready. Our wildlife has sprung into action all over the marina basin and site.
We are sad to report that a devastating fire broke out on 27th January in Cafe’ 1804, severely damaging the kitchen and causing smoke and water damage to the facilities building. The Cafe will be temporarily closed until further notice and we will keep you updated. Thank you to all who helped and expressed concern and also thank you to the fire service for their prompt action. The shop and facilities are up and running again and the marina is functioning as normal.
Ben, Chris and Mick have been busy raising the levels of the car parking and landscaping areas near the wildlife habitat area. Lorries have been bringing in clay and subsoil which has then been levelled by the tracked excavators and compacted by the sheepsfoot roller. During the last fortnight the team have taken in, handled, and compacted over 250 loads (2500 solid cubic metres) of engineering fill.
The marina wildlife seems undisturbed by all the activity around them!
The ‘meet the team’ Canal and River Trust evening was held at the marina on 28th April and this event gave anyone interested and volunteers a chance to meet the CRT team and to ask any questions. The feedback from the CRT was very positive.
Construction continues on our dayboat Harry and Sally. More news on her later. More information go to our Dayboat webpage
Mallards Mere is now being grazed by 38 of Parkinson Partners’ Llynn sheep.They are doing a brilliant job of keeping the grass down and firming the ground. It is hoped that all of these ewe lambs will have lambs themselves in March 2017.
Well done to Chris Hubbard, our marina manager, who has raised nearly £800 for the leukemia charity deletebloodcancer.uk. Chris bravely ran round the marina in his Leicester City blue mankini on Sunday 15th May and we thank everyone who supported him.
The photo competition entries are coming in. Please let us have your photos by June 1st to firstname.lastname@example.org (Please note correct email address). Please send in any pictures of the Ashby Canal and the marina, including any wildlife photographs. Results will be posted on our Facebook page and our next newsletter.
We have received good news that our planning application for the Bosworth Marina Cafe has been approved, so we can look forward to starting work on creating the cafe in the facilities building. The cafe will be open to all once all building works are complete.
Outlook Landscaping, along with Chris Hubbard, the marina manager and Josh and Ben Trivett have planted some more of the bare root trees around the site, and also the shrubs on the towpath bridge. Continue reading