View of the site of the spring in Spring Field Woodhayes Farm before work was done.
View of the site of the spring after work has been carried out.
The excavated area showing the concrete lid and inspection hatch of the new reservoir well located between the 2 trees.
A view of the site looking down to the field where the new trough will be located.
The site of the cattle trough now connected to the reservoir
This blackened ancient oak tree is an early piece of agricultural archeology , it was found imbedded in clay and mud , it is in all probability an item that was used to manage the spring water. The oak tree has a lid which is nailed (using hand made nais) over a deep channel aprox 20 cm wide and 20 cm deep and running for 3/4 of the length of the ok timber. At the wide end of the Oak timber there is a circular hole, presumably where the water entered. We have sent photos and details to the archaeology dept of Exeter University and we hope to hear back soon with a more detailed explanation.
An Oak tree showing the lid removed and revealing the gully.