Sunrise Trail - Viewpoint
Canterbury Environmental Education Centre
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These lakes were created before the substation was built. In 1930 the marshland was bought by a company who wanted to dig up the gravel and use it to build roads and houses. At first the gravel was dug by hand using picks and shovels....imagine what hard work this must have been! Later they were able to use machines to extract the gravel. When this stopped the area was left for many years and the holes left when the gravel was taken out filled up with water to form the lakes and islands that you are standing on today.
Some of the gravel was used to help build Manston Aerodrome in the Second World War. The gravel deposits were exhausted in 1943.
Most of the bridges around the reserve were built using the steel from old pylons and the wooden sleepers from railway tracks. Pylons (or towers as they are more properly named) are the metal towers used to support the electricity cables in the air. Sometimes they have to be replaced and the older ones can be recycled and the metal used to build new things.
EIS: August 1998