Footpath Volunteers

A VERY BIG Thank You to all our Volunteers for all your help this Year!

We had three scheduled group session this autumn (2018), details of which are shown below.

All three schedules have now been completed  – the next group date is to be announced early on in 2019 and our first session is likely be in March (2019).   Please revisit this page for further announcements. Note: All Footpath Volunteers will however be notified by email directly.

The sessions are open to all, and there is no pressure for you to turn up, (and only come if you are feeling well and are free to spare the time). You are also most welcome to join us at any point in the day….schedules of works and site locations will be published here in advance.   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 be safe-aware and work carefuly & responsibly with your fellow volunteers!

The work can be varied and you are welcome to chop and change between the various activities like grass strimming, hedge trimming or branch cutting- or feel free to stick to one task if you prefer.

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

We often round up sessions with a lunchtime 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)

 


Autumn Season Schedule

1st Footpath Session Up Fri 21/09/2018 – Dogberry 10am to 3pm

NB: This session was completed successfully – thanks to all who turned up!

From Pool Piece to Frith Wood

  1. 50 ft footpath to Dogberry field from The Common.
  2. 50 ft footpath from Dogberry field to the bridge over the brook (towards Frith Wood)
  3. 200 ft footpath from the bridge over the brook (eastwards towards Frith Wood)
  4. [Time permitting] – North and South Strim along the boundary of Frith Wood

Section 1 : light tidy-up.  This footpath runs between properties so sympathetic and careful clipping is required.

Section 2 : Heavy strim and branch cut back – ensuring clear height & width and both handrails and bridge are clear of vegetation.  Look at bridge floor surface and re-lay anti-slip wire if necessary.

Section 3: Heavy strim and branch cut back – ensuring clear height & width (right back to fence).   Brush Cutters, and loppers required (perhaps chain sawing of larger branches), followed by hard strim.

Section 4: Heavy strim and branch cut back – ensuring clear height & width. [Time permitting]

Note: Small controlled bonfires might be required at various intervals to clear cuttings. (Allan to supervise).

 


2nd Footpath Vols Session Fri 19/10/2018– Harry’s Walk & Jacks Lane 10am to 3pm

Harry’s Walk & Jacks Lane

NB: This session was completed successfully – thanks to all who turned up!

  1. Jacks Lane …..150 ft footpath from Ledbury Road (“Best Village Sign” on triangular green with bench)…… to NW Burton’s Lane.
  2. Harry’s Walk ……200 ft footpath from Ledbury Road (“Best Village Sign” on triangular green with bench)…… to SW Burton’s Lane

Section 1 Jacks Lane: Light strim and light branch cut back.  This footpath runs between properties so sympathetic and careful clipping is required.

Section 2 Harry’s Walk: Heavy strim and branch cut back – ensuring clear height & width as well as ensuring handrails are clear of vegetation.  Repair post at start of path and ensure barbed wire (currently on ground) is made safe.

Note: Small controlled bonfires might be required at various intervals to clear cuttings. (Allan to supervise).


 

3rd Footpath Vols Session – Fri 16/11/2018– Meet outside Allan Wood’s house (2 School Cottages – THE COMMON) 9.30am.  Allan is on The Common opposite the turn-off at the bottom of Oakey’s Lane (Near Patrick and Ros’).  [if you are walking up from Pool Piece from the phone box, his is the 6th property on the right opposite the turn off for Oakey’s Lane].

Back Lane, Ochre Hill Sloping Stepped Footpath (Near Pool Piece), Pub Steps & Oakey’s Lane

NB: This session was completed successfully – thanks to all who turned up!

  1. Back Lane ……100 ft uphill footpath (left at the bottom of Oakey’s Lane, to Ledbury Road [North].
  2. Ochre Hill Stepped Sloping Footpath (Near Pool Piece) …..60 ft footpath from the Green Metal Notice Board …… North up steps to Ochre Hill (Wooden Handrail on left hand side).
  3. Pub Steps …… Steep steps that connect the Farmers Arms Car Park with Floyds Lane.
  4. Oakey’s Lane….30 ft footpath from the North of Pub Lane (which Leads to the Farmers Arms) to Ledbury Road [South]. (Wooden Handrails alternating from Right to Left).

Section 1 Back Lane: Light strim and branch cut back to left of footpath (travelling upwards) – ensuring clear pedestrian height & width. Loppers and sheers required – together with petrol strimmer/brush Cutter/hedge cutter.

Section 2 Ochre Hill Stepped Sloping Footpath: Light strim and branch cut back.  Vegetation/brambles behind handrail may need some cutting back to aid drainage. Loppers and sheers required – together with petrol strimmer/brush Cutter/hedge cutter.  Look into slippery handrail (wash/scrub?).

Section 3 Pub Steps: Inspection – this might have been recently addressed.  Light hedge clipping might be required and step clearing and sweeping of branches/leaves [to reduce risk of slipping].

Section 4 Oakey’s Lane: Light strim and branch cut back – ensuring clear pedestrian height & width. Handrails are to be cleared of vegetation [and handrail washed/scrubbed to increase grip].  Loppers and sheers required – together with petrol strimmer/brush Cutter/hedge cutter.

[I estimate that a group of 4 or 5  volunteers should complete all the above tasks within three hours].


 

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