Poppy fields on The Ridgeway

Time for scrub clearance...

4th February 2014

An important area of work at this time of the year on The Ridgeway is the management of the ever encroaching scrub and other woodier vegetation along the sides of the Trail. Scrub clearance is undertaken by both volunteers and contractors depending on the location and type of work required. It benefits Trail users by creating a useable verge which allows the sunlight and wind to reach the Trail surface to help it dry out. It also benefits the nature conservation of the Trail by maintaining a range of vegetation types along the route,  helping to maintain a range of wild flowers, insects and butterflies.

We're currently compiling a list of areas along the western half of the Trail that require clearance, but if you're aware of any such areas please let us know via the feedback page.  Alternatively if you would like to assist with this crucial work please visit the Trail Information pages to see how you can help.

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View with the white chalk of The Ridgeway heading east of Waylands Smithy