In what has been a pretty grim December, Greenways has had a productive month.
On the Wye Valley Greenway, our contractors have completed the route north and south of the tunnel. We plan to open the route to the public in April. This work has been funded by the Rural Payments Agency LEADER Programme, to whom we are very grateful.
Our Wye Valley volunteers, socially distanced, installed fencing and a gate on the Bishton Lane ramp – thanks to Jeremy Cowen and team for coordinating this.
And at Ashton Court our volunteers have helped to restore the Grade 1 historic landscape created by Humphry Repton. Historic England asked us to create ‘windows’ in the tree belt, to open vistas from the Mansion to the grassland beyond. Thanks to Deb Erskine for coordinating this.
As you stand on the quay where the old Severn Ferry used to depart from the tip of the Beachley viaduct on the English side of the river Wye near Chepstow you find yourself under the Severn Bridge – but completely unable to get up on to it to make the crossing to Aust. Greenways and Cycleroutes volunteer John Richfield has come up with a scheme that would enable walkers and cyclists to do just that. It is set out in this document 20 11 03 Beachley Viaduct Link.
We have submitted a planning application to extend the Waddesdon Greenway from Aylesbury Vale Parkway Station towards the centre of Aylesbury following the Emerald Way, with a new bridge over the river Thame at Haydon Hill.
The Ashton Court Greenway is to become a reality.
We have secured funding, thanks to Veolia Limited, Sustrans and North Somerset Council, and discharged the necessary planning conditions thanks to the City Council staff at Ashton Court. In December we carried out the preliminary tree work.
We will be holding three volunteer work days – 13 January, 15 January and 16 January to sort out fencing, make habitat piles in the woodland, and prepare for the contractor – Safety Green Limited who will start work that week.
This is what we started with: and this is what we have now:
The Greenways annual workcamp took place on the former Wye Valley railway line between 13 and 21 September 2019. We were blessed with perfect weather, and our camp artist, Kate Lowry, captured the light and the spirit of the camp in her vibrant watercolours:
Waddesdon Greenway marked its first anniversary on Saturday 14th September with a group walk along the Greenway. Over 40 people, many new to the Greenway, joined the event on a beautiful sunny day.
The Greenway was officially opened by MP Jesse Norman, then Transport Minister for walking and cycling, on Thursday 13th September 2018. The route has been well used ever since, with approximately 70,000 trips made along the route by commuters, cyclists, runners, dog-walkers, families and tourists to date.
Paul Irwin, Buckinghamshire County Council’s Deputy Cabinet Member for Transport, and local County Councillor, said: “This is such a great route for anyone to get out and about in our glorious countryside, and I’m delighted so many thousands have enjoyed the Greenway in the past year. This route supports the Council’s intention to develop a quality cycle network, and sits well with the Aylesbury Garden Town vision.”