We have opened a new route linking Unity Farm with the Sedgemoor Nature Reserve car park in Berrow. This is the final item to be completed with the funding provided by the Coastal Communities Fund for works in the Brean area. It enables walkers or cyclists to avoid the busy coast road, and enjoy the delightful land dune-scape.
The end points are: bus stop on the sea side of the coast road opposite Unity Farm campsiteTA8 2RB and Berrow Beach parking TA8 2QX
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We are negotiating with the land-owner to see if we can extend the route south to Burnham-on-Sea.
Our volunteer session from 29 to 30 March volunteers has created a new structure just near the Great Bird Screen of Brean on the Brean Down Way. Designed by Katy Hallett it is part seat, part a refuge from raindrops, part bird hide and part thought provoker.
Many thanks to our volunteers, to Katy Hallett for masterminding the whole scheme, and to Steve Shrewsbury for logistics and refreshments.
We were delighted to welcome 71 people to our Open Meeting on Wednesday 27 March to discuss the proposals for the Wye Valley Greenway. The meeting was hosted at the National Diving and Activity Centre, where the new route would start.
We hope to receive a planning decision in May. (The planning document is here Wye Valley Greenway project document 19 02 02). All being well we hope to hold a volunteer workcamp to help construct the route from 14 to 21 September 2019.
Buckinghamshire’s Time to Change group led a walk along the Waddesdon Greenway on Thursday 7th February as part of Time to Talk Day – a campaign to break the silence around mental health.
They were joined by Tina Turner, Coconut, Cinnamon & Sumo, alpacas from Animal Antiks, who certainly helped to get the conversations started!
On the Brean Down Way, the Lions Club of Weston-super-Mare presented us with a cheque for £6,000. This has paid for striking mileposts and information plaques.
On the Waddesdon Greenway we planted over 6000 hedgeplants and 53 trees, with help from our many volunteers, the RAF and Waddesdon Manor Gardeners.
And our Leader programme grant application for our latest venture, the Wye Valley Greenway, has got through to the second stage. Early days yet, but this couod be our 2019 work camp…
Please note that we will NOT be working as planned on the Ashton Court Rose Garden on 8 December, as the City of Bristol College is to use the garden for training and assessing horticulture students. A new date will be arranged as soon as possible after Christmas.
A group of hardy volunteers came together in early December to start planting some much needed shelter and shade along the Waddesdon Greenway.
The new accessible path linking Aylesbury to Waddesdon, has been officially opened since September and is already making a difference to people’s lives, providing a safe route for walkers and cyclists getting to work, school and in and out of town avoiding the busy A41.
The route was built during the long, hot early Summer when it became clear how little shade and shelter was provided along the path. A team of volunteers, including groups from Chiltern Railways, McCormick and RAF Halton, came together last week to plant trees and hedges along the way. Between them they have planted over 6,000 hedgerow plants and 53 new trees.
The plants were selected along with Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) to ensure they are good for local wildlife whilst also ensuring there are no thorns to frustrate cyclists.
Waddesdon Greenway follows part of Akeman Street, the Roman road from Cirencester to St Albans. This is now marked by a number of small groups of walnut and sweet chestnut trees – two species introduced to Britain by the Romans.
In all volunteers have given the equivalent of 411 days’ work over just 11 days this year towards completing the Waddesdon Greenway.