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Report - Meanwood Beck, Leeds - May 2014

Discussion in 'UK Draining Forum' started by paulpowers, May 15, 2014.

  1. paulpowers

    paulpowers Massive Member
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    Had a bit of time to kill while I was waiting for work and I was sat up in Roundhay so I decided to pop down Meanwood beck for a walk.

    Sadly I got a call for work before I go to see it all so I'll have to return to complete the course.

    The beck was previously a source of water for the village of Headingley and two of its earliest bridges led straight to it. The beck carries a much reduced volume of water over recent years as water is collected instead into the many drains in the centre of one of Britain's largest cities.

    Meanwood Beck runs through Meanwood Park and Woodhouse Ridge. It provides water and drainage for Meanwood Valley Urban Farm.

    In the 16th to 18th centuries it provided power for corn mills. In the 19th century it supplied water for a chemical works and tanneries, one of which, Sugarwell Court, is now a university hall of residence.

    The Beck suffered a serious pollution incident on 29 March 1999 when an oil tank at the University of Leeds' Bodington Hall was overfilled and 10,000 litres of oil flowed into the beck. It is also a habitat for the indigenous European crayfish, which is currently threatened in the UK by a plague carried by the Signal crayfish introduced from America. As well as the crayfish there is also bull head fish present which can be found easily with a net and a pair of waders; they generally are located on the stream bed in the mud and silt.

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  2. Lenston

    Lenston Bajo Tierra
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    Very nice that mate, looks a good mooch :thumb
     
  3. FreshFingers

    FreshFingers Choose life, choose tunnels
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    Top notch :thumb
     
  4. Wevsky

    Wevsky A Predisposed Tourist
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    Very nice mate.one question!you had T-lights with you for work ?
     
  5. Mr Beady

    Mr Beady Over 8
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    very nice I need to have a look down here
     
  6. Ojay

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    You should, just not when it rains, ask Bunk3r :D
     
  7. Stopford_lad

    Stopford_lad foul-mouthed oaf
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    a lunch break well spent :thumb
     
  8. Leeds(Ex)plorer

    Leeds(Ex)plorer 28DL Regular User
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    good un this, give me a shout when your completing it if I'm about :thumb

    Don't know why this doesn't see more traffic tbh

    Definately one of the better set of pics from here
     
  9. Southside UE

    Southside UE 28DL Regular User
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    Nice work, decent set. looks well worth a visit
     
  10. dave

    dave 28DL Regular User
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    Great pics beautifully lit this makes me want to go have a wander down there now.
     
  11. Fudge

    Fudge 28DL Regular User
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    You didn't find leedsexplorer down there then?
     
  12. Leeds(Ex)plorer

    Leeds(Ex)plorer 28DL Regular User
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    No I have a job so can't lurk down there anymore
     
  13. Fudge

    Fudge 28DL Regular User
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    Awh damn.
     
  14. jazzywheelz

    jazzywheelz Boring Bearded Bastard
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