Brean Down Way – a new seat has sprung up

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 Steve Shrewsbury for logistics and refreshments.

Wye Valley Greenway

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.

2018 ends triumphantly thanks to Lions, Signs, Trees and Funding

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.

rinal plaque imageStart sign

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…

Volunteers Get Planting for Waddesdon Greenway

Volunteers planting along Waddesdon Greenway
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.

Waddesdon Greenway opens!

Schoolchildren, walkers and cyclists now have access to the Waddesdon Greenway trail from Aylesbury to Waddesdon, which was officially opened on 13th September.

The route from Aylesbury Vale Parkway Station to Waddesdon Manor, allows cyclists and walkers to travel across beautiful countryside in a traffic-free environment.

The ribbon was cut by Transport Minister, Jesse Norman, who’s responsible for walking and cycling.

The Greenway Trail was funded by £1million investment from the Department for Transport as part of  their ‘Cycling and walking investment strategy’ and will allow cyclists and walkers to travel across beautiful countryside in a safe and vehicle-free environment.

Cycling and walking minister Jesse Norman said:

This kind of initiative is exactly why we launched our £1.2 billion cycling and walking investment strategy last year – a safe and easy way to get people on their bikes.

And why wouldn’t they – this stunning route intersects the rich Buckinghamshire countryside and lands at the historical Waddesdon Manor.

The Greenway trail was completed with the help of volunteers who helped to build two bridges, fill and lay 3,000 sandbags for 25 culvert headwalls, and install benches.

Mark Shaw, County Council Deputy Leader and Transport Cabinet Member said:

“The new Greenway trail is a great opportunity to get out of your car and use the train, your bike – and your legs – to enjoy some beautiful Buckinghamshire countryside on the way to Waddesdon Manor. Now this really does promote sustainable travel!”

Project designer John Grimshaw CBE, of Greenways and Cycle Routes, said:

“We’re immensely proud to be involved in designing this trail. It has all the potential to be a high-quality trailblazer for rural routes between villages and local rail stations.”

Phillip Darnton OBE, chair of the Cycle Rail Working Group, said:

“The Waddesdon Greenway marks the first phase of our ‘Stations to Communities Links’ programme, an exciting new initiative to encourage everyone, whether cyclist or walker, to discover and enjoy their local community. This first Greenway is a brilliant start!”

Local County Councillor and Deputy Transport Cabinet Member Paul Irwin, said:

“This is a milestone occasion! It’s an easy cycle ride and a lovely walk, and visitors from London will love it. So will residents from Berryfields and Waddesdon village.”