Poppy fields on The Ridgeway

Winter Blog

5th December 2014

Hi Guys
Brief intro to myself - over the last few years I’ve been overseeing the operational works to both The Ridgeway and Thames Path. On The Ridgeway the work has involved overseeing surfacing with an in-keeping Oolitic limestone, regrading,  drainage, building steps through to vegetation management- keeping those amazing wide open spaces from turning into a blackthorn forest! It’s always work in progress.

We operate a volunteer scheme on both The Ridgeway and Thames, so if you are feeling the excesses from the Christmas period, then what could be better than a green workout on The Ridgeway? Our tasks are supervised, and varied but during the winter months it will involve a lot of scrub clearance. We’ve created a one stop shop for volunteers on our website explaining further details, so if you think this is for you then please get in touch with us.  We also have some vacancies for trail monitors, who walk their stretch of The Ridgeway once a month and report back to me on any issues they find.

Don’t forget if you take some nice or funny photographs when you’re out walking The Ridgeway please do upload them onto the website. Below is a photo I took during the last big freeze a couple of years ago. Its location is Upper Upham just above Ogbourne St George in Wiltshire, the photo managed to find its way into The New York Times! So you never know where your photos could end up. Please click on link for details on uploading your photos.

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