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Marooned for the day

Well, to be honest it was a pretty good place to spend a day working. Yesterday we installed a set of interpretation panels on The Heugh, a prominent (whinstone) ridge on Holy Island.

Last safe crossing of the day was 10.20am, so we were up in plenty of time and on site by 9.30, pausing briefly to pick up bacon butties and coffee from the excellent Pilgrims Coffee House.

This was the final element of ‘Peregrini Lindisfarne’, a Heritage Lottery-funded Landscape Partnership Scheme managed by Northumberland Coast AONB. Over the last five years a the scheme has funded a number of conservation and engagement projects on the island and the adjacent mainland. It’s good to see Lottery money going into an effective project such as this.

The panels were produced for us by Robin Watson Signs who also manufactured the smart oak supports and routed the distinctive Peregrini scroll logo into the legs of one of the panels.

Having installed many interpretive panels over the years I was a bit apprehensive about digging post holes into what I feared may be a thin layer of soil before hitting whinstone bedrock. As it happened there turned out to be a good depth of sandy soil and possible glacial till, so everything went pretty smoothly – allowing time for a walk before crossing back to the mainland.