Poppy fields on The Ridgeway

Time to get your gloves on to help the Trails!

5th March 2014

The new edition of the Volunteers Newsletter has recently been produced which contains useful information about the work of the volunteers who help to maintain The Ridgeway and Thames Path National Trails.  In addition it contains the practical tasks diary for the next three months.

Working with volunteers helps the National Trails Team to keep the Trails in a far better condition than if we had to solely rely on contractors and the highway authorities to maintain and improve the Trails.  In addition the volunteer monitors, by walking their sections of a Trail every month, are able to keep us informed of the latest condition of the routes so we can prioritise our work programmes accordingly.

During the year volunteers can be clearing encroaching scrub from the Trail sides, mowing grass and other annual vegetation from the Trail edges, replacing and improving existing gates and bridges, and, making and constructing signs and information boards in the workshop and then installing them along the Trails.  Although much of this work is undertaken all the year round, as the weather improves and spring approaches, now is the time to lend us your muscles and enthusiasm (we provide everything else) and help the Trails.

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