Lydney's Historic Docks Reopened After Renovation
July saw the re-opening of the historic docks at Lydney, near Gloucester in the UK after a two year project to restore and enhance the historic landmark on behalf of the Environment Agency (EA).
Since then, extensive restoration and improvement works to the docks have been undertaken, which have been used by shipping for nearly 200 years. The enhancements included:
Restoring and enhancing flood defences running along the side of the dock.
Installation of four custom-made automated metal-gates and associated mechanisms, in the outer dock and inner harbour (these replaced the older, dilapidated hand-operated timber gates).
Dredging of the dock and harbour by contractor Land & Water to remove several tonnes of silt (and the odd wrecked car) which had accumulated over the years.
A full refurbishment of dressed stonework on the walls and the floors of the docks.
Additional landscape works.
The docks are an important part of the Forest of Dean's heritage and they are also significant to both the River Severn's and Britain's maritime tradition, and their restoration means that they will be both a living, working facility for local residents and visitors and, hopefully, a catalyst for future regeneration in Lydney.
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