Footpath Volunteers

Footpath Volunteer Group sessions are open to all who join the volunteers footpath group.

To Join the group as a volunteer, please contact Marc Low, (Parish Footpath Officer/Parish Councillor), by email at: whparishnews@gmail.com or by calling his mobile on: 07958 247223.

There is no pressure for you to turn up, (only come if you are well and are free to spare the time). Schedules of works and site locations will be published here in advance. [See below].

Please make sure you bring enough to drink, as its thirsty work, (and any snacks you feel you may need).   Take regular breaks and ensure you wear suitable workwear as well as bringing the right gear for the job.  Always work ‘safe-aware’ carefuly & responsibly with your fellow volunteers and the public in general.  Safety advice will be given before joining the group.

The work is varied and you are welcome to swap between the various types of activities such as grass/hedge trimming, branch cutting, raking & bagging/stacking.

Sessions will begin at 9.30am and usually end by 1pm (sometimes a tad earlier).

We often round up sessions with a lunchtime drink/snack or early evening dinner at The Farmers Arms………….this is usually arranged on the day (according to everyone’s preference and availablility).

Please report to Marc or Allan when you turn up, who will advise you of what needs doing.

  • Marc Low (Parish Footpath Officer/Parish Councillor)
  • Allan Wood (Lengthsman Coordinator)

 

 

2019 Spring/Summer Season Schedule

We have now set some dates for the early 2019 group sessions, and they are as follows:

  1. Fri May 3rd -Ochre Hill/Dogberry/Frith Wood [completed]
  2. Fri May 24th Jack’s Lane/Harry’s Walk [completed]
  3. Fri June 21st Dogberry/Frith Wood revisit [details below]
  4. Fri July 26th The Pleck/The Little Pleck – The Common

 

Thanks for all those who attended the previous sessions.

Our next group session is planned for Fri July 26th The Pleck/The Little Pleck – The Common where we will strim and hedge clip in that area – and give the two parcels of land a general tidy up.

If you are interested and can make it, then we will be assembling beside the Pleck (the larger wood half way down The Common) at 9.30am.

Please wear protective clothing due to brambles/branches etc.

Our aim is to just clear adequate space required for future woodland maintenance, and to clear the over-grown ditch area which sides onto the road.

Due to wildlife in both woods, we will try to restrict use of machine tools to the perimeter of the wood – so as not to disturb animals any more than necessary.

Some of the fence posts might need propping up and straightening.

We’ll leave scattered piles of branches and leaves for wildlife to habitat & flourish.

All the best – and hope to see you there!

Marc Low (Parish Footpath Officer)

 

 

We are still in the process of allocating work schedules for dates after the Fri 26th July, but as soon as these are finalised we will send these out to you via email so you know where to turn up on each day.  We will also post the details here on this page.

We’ll try and mix it up a bit in 2019 and introduce a couple of new footpaths and public areas (I know some of you are keen to explore some of the less known and less used footpaths in remote parts of the Parish)…..which is great as it makes the sessions more interesting.

As these dates fall between March and August, and therefore bird nesting season, our focus will be on strimming, and where possible some branch cutting (i.e. branches that lay on, or obstruct footpath access)…..of which there are a fair few after the recent storms.

So please mark these dates in your diary and I’ll email off and post more details here as soon as I have more info to give you.

 


 

What sort of things might I need to bring in order to take part?

  • Suitable garden clothes
  • Strong thorn-proof gloves
  • Sunglasses (if sunny)
  • Visor or Face Guard/Ear Defenders…….. if Strimming etc.
  • Strimmer/Brush Cutter/Hedge Trimmer
  • Shears
  • Rakes
  • Pruners (Large/Small)
  • Chainsaw or manual branch Saw
  • Fuel for tools [Marc will provide 2-stroke fuel on the day]
  • Green Sacks – in case disposal of green waste is required. [although this will be left in situ if possible].
  • Water/Soft Drinks/Biscuits/Snacks