The Council has arranged for contractors to be on site on Monday 11th February 2019 to commence the task of removing the painted graffiti on the Pulhamite man-made rockwork in the grotto and surrounding areas.
The technique to be used involves DOFF, a Super-heated water steam cleaning technique which is designed to remove paint from sensitive and historic masonry and building facades, without damaging the integrity of the surface and substrate structure.
The contractor will have access from within the Fernery Field. They will bring their own generated power, and will use the mains water supply to the Fernery. We have to hope that the weather conditions will allow safe access for their equipment across the field.
It is not therefore expected that there will be any major disruption to local traffic, although quite sensibly walkers will be asked to keep clear, and the Fernery will remain closed off until the work is completed.
With fingers crossed, we remain confident that we will be able to run the next volunteer work party on Thursday 21st February on schedule. But please keep your eyes on our Calendar.