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ACWA Working Party

On 3-Jun-2009 a Working Party installed two new kissing gates on ACW route near Carol Green.

The 1st new k/g, showing the raised path in the foreground : 3-Jun-2009
The 1st new k/g, showing the raised path in the foreground : 3-Jun-2009

June Achievements 1 (cont. on WP News 39)

The first new k/g is located at GR 256 784, where the path used to first meet the wetlands.  The new gate is installed so that the path from the north now levels off some 6" above the old level - hopefully enough to stay above water, even in the flood periods.  The boardwalk we plan to install next month will continue at this level over the area of marshland/floodplain for the next 10 metres or so.

The 2nd new k/g, showing the new culvert just beyond the gate : 3-Jun-2009
The 2nd new k/g, showing the new culvert just beyond the gate : 3-Jun-2009

The second k/g is located across the next field at GR 257 783.  The farmer had already solved the local drainage issues with a deeper ditch and a culvert for the footpath, and will continue with further improvements from here to beyond the "long bridge to mud".  Further on still, we will be replacing 4 more stiles on the path to Carol Green.

John Green summarised the day (quoting from his email):

"I'm delighted to announce that work started yesterday to improve the ACW footpath between Bentons Green and Carol Green.  Hence forth known as BERNARD'S AVENUE.  Two stiles were removed and replaced by two Kissing gates.  This was the first stage of a project scheduled for June, July & August.  As an onlooker once again, I am proud to say that the workmanship, skill, fun and the pint of Bombadier at the Bell was of the highest order.  Well done all concerned.

Bet Gordon Brown wishes he had a team round him of the calibre of our working party.  Especially as no expenses were claimed.

Next month will see the installation of a Boardwalk which I believe will be called Bernard's Bridge."

Plans

The next two sessions are planned as follows:

1 Wednesday 17th June 2009 at 9:30 am to about 1:00 pm
Location: Circular Walk 7, near end Note 1.  Weston Lane near Bubbenhall
Meet at: Parking space in Weston Lane opposite site 1 (GR 363 709)
Task(s): Replace last two stiles north of Weston Lane (GR 366 709), and Strim the path alongside the wood heading east
  see Map for Details of Locations

 
2 Wednesday 1st July 2009 at 9:30 am to about 1:00 pm
Location: Carol Green
Park at: Park on the NW side of the straight section of Spencers Lane about 100 yds from junction with ACW towards Berkeswell (GR 257 778)
Meet at: Meet at junction of Spencers Lane with path M206 about 350 yds from junction with ACW towards Berkeswell (GR 256 780)
Task(s): Install new Boardwalk on ACW route north of Spencers Lane at
Site 1  GR 256 784
  see Map for Details of Locations

Dates for the rest of 2009 will be mostly on the third Wednesday in each month from Jan-Nov, with work mostly expected to be in Warwickshire.
We are also planning extra dates for work in Solihull, carrying out tasks on the Benton Green to Carol Green improvement project.

The expected dates are therefore:

  • Wednesday 17 Jun
  • Wednesday 1 Jul 
  • Wednesday 15 Jul
  • Wednesday 5 Aug
  • Wednesday 19 Aug 
  • Wednesday 16 Sep
  • Wednesday 21 Oct
  • Wednesday 18 Nov
  • Why not volunteer to join us whenever you can?

    Please contact Bob Carey on 024 7645 5251 for further information.
     


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