Overspill (2003)

The red arrows in the first three photographs point to privet shrubs, which once formed part of an integral hedgerow system. A shortage of sunlight has forced the plants to grow beyond their normal height.

The first picture was taken facing due east. Water, having left the canal through a weir, flowed down the slope shown in the first photograph. Although most of this section of the water course had been filled in when Tweedsmuir Camp was built, some parts of it, identified by the yellow arrow, are still in evidence. At the bottom of the slope the water course turned sharply left (picture 2) as it continued to make its way northward (picture 3).

A few meters before water from the overspill course entered the stream at Truxford, it passed under the culvert we mentioned earlier.

The alignment of the water course (yellow arrow in the first of the last two images below) in relation to the culvert (orange arrow in the last two photographs below) and earth mound (red line) are show in the last two pictures.

At the northern end of the site beyond the culvert (orange arrow) the remains of the overspill water course (yellow arrow) is lined by a species of Glyceria; a water or bog plant that rapidly spreads sideways.

Beyond the vegetation in the background of the last photograph above lies the water logged terrain we described previously as being akin to the Everglades in Florida, America.