Greenway and Cycleroutes Limited is a charitable community benefit society, regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, and listed on the Mutuals Public Register as CB 7273.
Greenways structure was designed to enable local supporters closely associated with their own local project, to manage it, raise funds for it, to maintain it, and to promote it. Under this model once a local group of supporters is identified, or a local group decides to work with Greenways to realise their local route, a representative can be invited to join the Board of Greenways and Cycleroutes Ltd, to ensure that their particular project is properly represented.
The founding trustees had over sixty years experience of similar work between them, and established the organisation to develop walking and cycling routes for the community – particularly where there are difficulties, in the current economic climate, in securing funding and negotiating land. John Grimshaw, who designed and engineered a large number of traffic free paths starting with the popular Bristol and Bath railway path in 1979 was a founder trustee who stepped down in 2018 but remains our company engineer and driving force. Caroline Levett also a founder trustee and company secretary was a Sustrans Board member throughout the critical years leading to their Millennium Lottery Grant which launched the National Cycle Network in 1995. In July 2017 we welcomed Steve Shrewsbury as Trustee, following his sterling work at the Brean April 17 Workcamp – as coordinator for the Brean Down Way. In 2020 Mat Gilson succeeded as Trustee from the Strawberry Line Extension Group, with whom we are working to extend the route from Cheddar to Wells and beyond. In 2021 Deb Erskine joined as Trustee and volunteer coordinator for the Ashton Court Greenway.