The old Leat during initial clearance. Note
the dense rhododendron in the background. The Leat channel is full of dead
rhododendron, smothered by its own top growth, just a sample of what was to come through
the whole length of the existing Leat.
Following rhododendron clearance, a
mini-digger was used to clear a fresh track through the old Victorian Leat. Care had
to be taken to make sure a suitable gradient was made to take the water down hill at a
suitable speed. Too steep and the water would flow too fast, eroding the bank
sides. Too shallow and the water would tend to lie in pools in the Leat, where silt
could then settle out.