Waddesdon Greenway celebrates first anniversary

DSC_1608Waddesdon 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.”

 

Ashton Court Greenway

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

 

 

New route opens in Berrow

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

We are negotiating with the land-owner to see if we can extend  the route south to Burnham-on-Sea.

 

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, and to 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 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.

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.