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.”
We are thrilled to announce that we have been awarded a grant by Veolia that will enable us to pay for the route between UWE at Kennel Lodge Lane and the Long Ashton Gate. If we can get all our ducks in a row the path should be completed by Easter 2020.
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.