We are delighted to say that the Ashton Court Missing link was granted planning permission on 30 May. (ref 19/00165/F – Kennel Lodge Road Bristol BS3 2JT )
Many thanks to the all those who sent in letters of support, and particularly to the two Councillors who helped this along its way.
The route will link the two gates at the bottom of the estate, at UWE and Long Ashton with an all-weather, level, surfaced path suitable for walkers, cyclists and wheelchairs.
Subject to confirmation of funding, we hope to build the path in the late Autumn – we cannot start until bird-nesting season is well past.
you can view the project document here:
Ashton planning document Jan 2019
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 July. (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.