Joint ACWA/KFPG Working
On 15-Jan-2006 and 19-Feb-2006 Joint ACWA/KFPG Working
Parties kicked off a project to replace all stiles on
the "After Tea" walk from Stoneleigh.
ACW Circular Walk 6 "After Tea" is a very popular walk. It
did however involve a possible 12 stiles when all the field
gates are locked shut (a minimum of 9 at any time). ACWA
has therefore agreed with WCC and Stoneleigh estate to make our
first major "Footpath Improvement Project" to replace all these
stiles. After these first two Working Parties there
are Four less
First users approaching
the first kissing gate replaced on the first day of the
More photos will be added soon.
Local authorities are now required to produce and implement
Countryside Access and Rights of Way Improvement Plans
(CAROWIP). Warwickshire CC have drafted their plan, and
it can be viewed on their website. The Warwickshire
document is very impressive, covering most aspects we wished to
see. From it we should benefit from increased activity in
improving footpaths, building on the good progress already made over
ACWA will contribute by adopting a more proactive approach to
organising working parties. In outline:
- ACWA will locate and contact the landowners and discuss the
work that we would like to carry out in conjunction with WCC
- WCC will provide two ACWA nominees with an introductory letter
to use when contacting landowners
- WCC will supply materials for ACWA WP to carry out agreed
projects, on agreed dates
Kenilworth Footpath Preservation Group (KFPG) have been one of
the few groups to adopt a similar method of working in the
past. KFPG also share many of the paths on the "After Tea"
walk with ACWA and others (not surprising, there are excellent paths
in this area!). It was therefore decided to make the first
working party on this project joint with KFPG - making it an
excellent social and learning event.
ACWA plan to organise further working parties over the next few
months, replacing about two stiles each month until all are
completed. The next working party will be on Sunday 19-Mar-2006 -
dates for further events will be published soon. Why not
volunteer to join us whenever you can?
Please contact John Green on 024 7650
3044 for further information.
Same view as above, but
with Bob C inspecting the
rotten step on the old stile just
before work started.