Floating Island

Marsden lake floating island


David Sanderson of Low Barns Photography Group presenting Laura Tedstone of Durham Wildlife Trust with a cheque for £400

After an interesting presentation to the photography group on the proposed floating island we decided to make a contribution of £400 to the project. Laura has kindly provided some information as follows: –

There used to be a very large floating island with shingle/shells on Marston Lake but due to high water it was swept onto the edge of the lake and was in disrepair. It was dismantled and removed from the resting site and it was concluded that a smaller more manageable floating island would be built and floated near to the visitor centre.

It was decided to use Marmax recycled plastic as the base to build an island approx. 3m x 1.5 m. This would float using plastic barrels rather than polystyrene floats which could potentially disintegrate into the lake. The island would be anchored but have the ability to move up and down with the changes in water levels.

The island will have protected areas for nesting birds and be covered in a suitable substrate e.g. broken shells.

Progress so far: draft plan drawn up, Marmax obtained and on site, plastic barrels sourced.

Further details will be provided as the project progresses.

My thanks to Laura for providing the above information.

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