Forfar & District
Graeme Harris went up alond to repair bits of the roof. Last year we added some chicken mesh at the lower roof edge to hold the turfs in position until they could knit together. This seems to have been successful but the storms of last winter lifted some turfs at the west side and carried them some distance. The chicken mesh was extended to cover this area too. A few turf pieces were also required to fill the gap.
Graeme visited. His first look at the new buttress. It's great and looks like its always been there.
Thanks to Bob, the place was tidy and in good condition. As Bob said, the timbers and stonework all seem fine.
The majority of the turf roof is sound - the chicken mesh we added last time has worked well and let the turfs knit together.
He found most of the missing turfs and replaced them - some had rolled the full width of the roof, past the door and then down the hill.
We ran out of mesh last time and the missing section was where the turf had moved.
Graeme suggests fitting chicken mesh to the remaining section and cut & fit the few turfs required. He personally don't see the need to fill the small gap at the door but he's happy to be outvoted. It was also good to see new vegetation covering most of the patches where we dug out turfs in recent years. Reading the visitor book, it's nice to see lots of positive comments - the Bourach remains a popular rest stop and there is little sign that it is being mis-used.