Ash Green Meadows has had a new lease of life this week thanks to our dedicated Rangers and Volunteers. In the SW corner wildlife area, the surfaced path and boardwalk loop had a grass section, which could become muddy and hard to access in the winter (or wet June). To tackle this we laid a new 63m footpath and bridge ramps to complete the surfaced loop and make the meadows more accessible.
Stu did a fantastic job running the project on the ground, which kicked off with moving a mere 24 tonne sacks of scalpings down onto site with the tractor! The Blackwater Valley Countryside Volunteers came out to help in the rain to start off the new path and bridge ramps, laying shuttering and terram, then barrowing scalpings on top.
Today we were joined by 23 enthusiastic colleagues from SC Johnson who got stuck in working in the sunshine. Thanks to the earlier tasks, we were able to start path construction from either end with Stu & Paul, with the team set the challenge of avoiding a comedy zigzag in the middle. Meanwhile Jenny and Jeremy took a group off to cut back the overgrown bye-way track.
Thanks to Jo and Kate from Employee Volunteering for facilitating the task, and for securing a donation of £850 towards the material costs. Also to Colin from the BVC Trust for liaising with us to develop the project.
I’m very pleased to say that the path is joined up and we’ll pop down next week to top it up a bit. Thank you to all the volunteers and rangers, especially Stu, who did a fantastic job.
Senior Ranger Stuart