The Brecon Beacons, Raleigh In Wales
24th - 25th July 1999
Camped around a Tilly Lamp
Most of our training weekends had involved some element of physical
training to get us fit. Although this was important due to the demanding
physical nature of our project this was not all that mattered to us.
We thought it would be good to become involved in a community project
here in the UK. Through the Raleigh Support group here in the UK we signed
up to help do some construction work in Wales on the edge of talybont reservoir
in the Brecon Beacons.
Overgrown Salad Tongs
And so it was that we found ourselves teamed up with people from all over
the country to help build a bird hide for disabled people. The bird hide
was to be built backing on to the road to give access
to wheel chair users and was constructed out of basic building timber.
Our job that weekend was to dig the holes for the supporting
pillars of the hide. This job was harder than it first seemed as the
site chosen for the hide turned out to be the former site of a farm house
long since disappeared. Unfortunately the stones it was built out of had
certainly not disappeared and the ground was one big boulder field. With
long crowbars, spades and what appeared to be overgrown salad tongs we
dug into the soil bit by bit until we had dug out a total of 14 holes.
The supporting pillars were then loaded into these holes and cemented
in with concrete. This then had to be left for two weeks while the concrete
fully hardened leaving the bird hide looking more like a series of overgrown
A well as the bird hide we had a chance to repair some dry stone walls
in the area. This skill gave us more of an appreciation of low tech building
techniques more appropriate to the style of building in Nepal.
The weekend though hard work was really enjoyable giving a chance to get
involved with projects and people in our own country.