Work continues to save Lamlash green
Work to save the Lamlash green from the ravages of the sea continues apace with tons of rock armour being delivered to the site to shore up the damaged sea defences, which have allowed the green to erode away.
The restoration work, which started last week, has seen sections of the damaged gabion baskets removed and replaced with rock armour which is being delivered by the truckload.
The formidable reinforcements will be placed in front of the existing gabion baskets to increase its strength and to prevent further damage there, and to either side of the damaged section.
Eroded sections of the bank will be reinstated with infill soil and will extend from the remaining green bank to the new rock armour.
The work, which is in the centre of the green, opposite the Glenisle Hotel, has seen the area fenced off and a new temporary road created across the green to allow the trucks access to the beach where diggers are working to move rocks into place.
Without the restoration work, a two-year-old consultation report on the rapidly declining green, indicated that the green erosion would continue and within a decade, at the least, would be lost forever if remedial action was not taken.
The work is being carried out by contractors for North Ayrshire Council which recently completed a legal process after the land was gifted to the council by Lady Jean Fforde. The restoration and preventative work is scheduled to continue for at least another three weeks, depending on the weather.
Clockwise from top: Construction machinery manipulates the large boulders in position.
A lorry unloads rock armour to be used to shore up the Lamlash site.
A small section of green that is being repaired and replaced.