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03 March 2009

This tree is being aimed to fall straight on the fire!



Grid Ref SO588087

The weather forecast was correct in that we had a dry morning but then a blustery storm came over by lunchtime calling an end to the day. We had to burn most of the enormous piles of brush created by the clearing to make this area into heathland. We were treated to lovely pancakes by the local residents and also had assistance from them. The wildlife in this area has burgeoned since we started on this scheme and it is good to have some feedback as to the variety of butterflies and birds using the area.


Brush burning


Titanic Steel Works

The remains if the Titanic Steel Works can be seen in the bottom of the valley where David Mushet, metallurgist, and his son Robert perfected the Bessemer Process of self-hardening steel.

David Mushet senior had built the foundry in 1819, with the intention of producing iron direct from the blast furnace. His son Robert had subsequently carried out many experiments there. He had been the first to use spiegeleisn, a compound of iron, manganese and carbon, alloyed with steel in various ways. This resulted in smoother and stronger tinplate. His experimentation with tungsten, chrome, manganese and titanium brought about the birth of high speed steel given the name R. Mushet's Special Steel which, without doubt, was the first alloy steel ever made commercially. One of the many steel alloys that went on to be used world-wide in everything from mine drilling bits to lathe tools and turbine blades.


End of the day


The open woodland at the end of the day.






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