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ACWA Working Party

On 20-Feb-2008 a Working Party built a ballast path on Circular Walk 5 just south of Baginton to solve the problem of mud.

View of the new ballast path under construction : 20-Feb-2008
View of the new ballast path under construction : 20-Feb-2008

February Achievements

On 20-Feb-2008 we worked with the landowners son and WCC to put in improved drainage, build a ballast path and add fencing on Circular Walk 5 just south of Baginton to solve the problem of mud on the path near the slab bridge (GR 343 745).

How many volunteers does it take to put in the last staple? : 20-Feb-2008
How many volunteers does it take to put in the last staple? : 20-Feb-2008

The landowners son got there early, and with his digger excavated lots of mud and soil, and filled the hole with large stones to create a drainage channel under the path.  We arrived at 9:30 and built the gravel surface (see photos above) and also put gravel in the smaller wet patch just over the slab bridge.  We then build the fence along the path from the field gate to the kissing gate - this should stop the horses from trampling on the new path and turning it back to mud!

We finished a bit before 1:00 pm, and retired to the Baginton Oak to ponder plans for the rest of 2008 (and beyond!).

View of path before work started : 9-Jan-2008
View of path before work started : 9-Jan-2008

Plans

It is interesting to note that our total list of identified tasks is currently about 350 items!  At two items per WP and 11 WP per year that would only take 16 years?  Of course other groups WP and the LA will help to shorten this time, but no doubt new tasks will be identified - such as the task just completed (which was not on our list till early 2008). 

The list of 350 includes all stiles on all our paths - maybe we should agree the preserve some of the best - but the task would then become one of repair, restoration and preservation, maybe with improvements to ensure they are easier to climb?

Prioritising the 350 items has created a short-list of about 20 to target for 2008 and a further 30 or so for soon after. 

The next session will be on:

Wednesday 19th Mar 2008 at 9:30 am to about 1:00 pm
Location: A bridleway just south of Bretford
Meet at: Queens Head, Bretford Car Park (GR 431 772)
Task(s):

Build a new plank bridge where the bridleway R134 exits to the A428 road (GR 436 765)

This task was agreed with the farmer at the time he agreed to the permissive path installed on 28-Mar-2007 (see WP News 13 for details).  It is appropriate that we fulfill the promise within a year of doing the task we wanted!. 

Dates for rest of 2008 will be mostly on the third Wednesday in each month from Jan-Nov.  The expected dates are therefore:

  • Wednesday 16 Apr
  • Wednesday 21 May
  • Wednesday 18 Jun
  • Wednesday 16 Jul
  • Wednesday 20 Aug
  • Wednesday 17 Sep
  • Wednesday 15 Oct
  • Wednesday 19 Nov
  • Why not volunteer to join us whenever you can? 

    Please contact John Green on 024 7650 3044 for further information.


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