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On 16-Jul-2014 three WPs spent a morning clearing footpaths, each WP covering the most overgrown stretches on ACW Circular Walks 03, 09 & 17 respectively.

 Walk 03 k/g before : 16-Jul-2014

 Walk 03 k/g after clearing : 16-Jul-2014

July Achievements

On walk 03

A team of 3 cleared all sites.  By far the most overgrown was at the start of route 3 off Cromwell Lane where the path was completely blocked by ferns and brambles up to about six feet high.

We installed 4 ACW signs between points 6 & 7 on the main route directing people between the side of the field and the new fence.  Another group of volunteers had earlier cleared that stretch.

Smaller tasks included clearing the way through k/g  such as the one pictured above.

On walk 09

 Walk 9 hidden WMP : 16-Jul-2014

 Walk 9 very visible WMP : 16-Jul-2014

A second team of 3 cleared many of the 8 sites identified, but some need more work.

The footpath east of the Stretton on Dunsmore Recreation ground (see pictures above) is more exposed and the WMP is visible.  The farmer was due to harvest the field of rapeseed by the weekend so this was left (Note: the job was done so the path across the fields can be used. There are still loads of nettles around the side, so some substantial hacking will still be needed to create a path around and then along the side of the field.)

On Walk 17

 Slashing the thistles etc. : 16-Jul-2014

 One of the 2 new WMP : 16-Jul-2014

A third team of 5 started on the paths through the Laurels and the next wood by trimming back overhanging hedge and tree branches.

This led to the biggest task - clearing the permissive path between the Red Hill Farm woods and the maize field (pictures above) and making it just about walkable, but hopefully ready for the gardener to take over "mowing" it back to its former glory.  Two new WMP were installed to show clearly the way to go.

The path through the maize was trampled down, so hopefully all users will now keep it clear and in the right place!

Overall Summary

All the k/g heading backwards up Walk 17 A as far as just north of Sandy Lane were cleared, and the hedges cut back so the WMP are again visible.

(Note: On the twin sites near Tipper's Hill Farm, one was cleared before the WP day by a one man team, and the second will be dealt with soon)


Note that much more detail is available in full reports from each WPP leaders, with pictures of many sites and recommendations of any further actions recomended.  To summarise, we made some really good progress.

Another  dry and sunny day made working a pleasure.  All tasks completed by c.1:15.  Some of us then yet again went to a local pub and enjoyed a good lunch.


An extra WP has been arranged to improve the path S of Birchley Hay Wood which needs reasonably dry weather.  This extra session will be on:

  Wednesday 13th August 2014 at 9:30 am to about 1:00 pm
Location: S of Birchley Hay Wood (GR 272 845 - Point 1 on map)
Park at: E of Birchley Hay Wood (GR 274 846 - Point 2 on map)
Meet at: As above or Site 1
Task(s): Raise surface of path where needed using soil from widening the ditch, and then make contour smooth, and add a surface of stone chippings
     see Map for Details and details emailed on 11/08/2014

The next full session planned will be on:

  Wednesday 20th August 2014 at 9:30 am to about 1:00 pm
Location: ACW route just south of Bubbenhall, near Broomhill Farm
Park at: Broomhill Farm
Meet at:    "    "    "

Replacing two or three stiles with k/g
   See map and details emailed by Bob Carey  on 15/07/2014 21:50

The probable 2014 dates (assuming 3rd Wed every month Apr-Nov) will be:

  • 13-Aug-2014
  • 20-Aug-2014
  • 17-Sep-2014
    • 15-Oct-2014
    • 19-Nov-2014

    Why not volunteer to join us whenever you can?  Please contact Bob Carey on 024 7645 5251 for further information.

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