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News archive: Extreme Digging

September 9th, 2012
Author: Chris Conder
Tags: b4rn community core digging duct
Posted In: Archive News

Residents of the Lower Lune Valley have taken up a new sport – Extreme Digging. This is a little known sport but it’s one that has some unique requirements:-

  • Some remote, picturesque hills in an Area Of Outstanding Beauty.
  • A digger.
  • Some extremely committed community members working towards a single cause.
  • A wet, miserable British summer, preferably one that has not been along for 100 years or so.

Luckily this perfect mix came along just recently so off the B4RN volunteers went to dig a major part of the core network. It has been no secret that the poor weather has hampered the dig but this video shows that the community are forging ahead against the elements. There are some excellent shots on the video that shows how long this stretch of the dig is, how remote and how wet. Well nature didn’t win this time, the duct is in and ready to take the all important fibre cable.

The promised film, an extreme dig, over bad terrain, in rotten weather. They won’t come harder than this! Some of it was solid rock. The reason for the big trench was that a narrow one would have collapsed inwards, leaving the ducting uneven. This land has been waterlogged virtually all summer. The dig was completed in 8 days, over 2 kilometres joining Littledale to the Roeburndale road on the other side of th’ill.

Well done and many thanks to all involved.

Gavin And Belinda Second Nature Smallban

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