Ash die-back in the gunpowder Mills -essential work in December

At the Gunpowder Mills meeting, in an informative talk by the GBC Countryside Warden, village attendees heard more about the devastation caused by the airborne fungus attacking ash trees in the UK.

The disease shows itself in lesions in the bark of the tree, a slow dying back from the end of the leaves leaving the extreme branches dead and exposed, and the potential for limbs to crack without warning as the disease progresses towards the core of the tree.

Following a survey of the site, GBC have concluded that the Gunpowder Mills area seems to have been particularly badly hit.  It has undertaken a risk assessment of each tree, and, where the diseased trees pose a potential risk to the public, they will be removed, or reduced in size.

We were advised that contractors will be in the Gunpowder Mills in December;  Visitors can expect some paths to be temporarily closed while dangerous trees are removed.  

GBC stress that this exercise is in line with the Council’s duty of care to the public;  all landowners have this responsibility.

Lovely video of the Gunpowder Mills to watch

Paul Wingfield has sent us this short video, which is available to watch as part of the picture gallery. Alternatively, here is the Youtube link
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HTdL8E4qZU where you can slect to view it
full screen.

Chilworth Gunpowder Mills picture Gallery

Gunpowder Mills front page – illustrated with photograph of The Swing Bridge
swing bridge p2

aerial photograph of Gunpowder Mills site from the air – copyright Andrew Norris
air photo from north 2009

The Millstones
millstones at incorporating mills buildings 20-22

The Incorporating Mills
incorporating mills 1885 building 52

West Lodge building – used by workers to report for duty and leave any inflammable material
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Incorporating Mills building
incorporating mills 1860s buildings 20-22 p2

Expense Magazine building
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Incorporating Mills 1885
incorporating mills 1885 building 52

Gunpowder Mills map and historic information to download

Chilworth Gunpowder Mills Is a scheduled ancient monument. Enhance your visit to the Gunpowder Mills in their magic woodland set by downloading the following information and guided trail. See also a set of images showing the historic remains, shown under Gunpowder Mills Picture Gallery.

Thanks to Andrew Norris, Chilworth Gunpowder Group for the images, and to Glenys Crocker for permission to download the map.
walk leaflet 2010 rev2b page 1
walk leaflet 2010 rev2b page 2