Green fields and blue skies on the South Downs Way

A mixed bag.

24th July 2015

Another week has flown by already. As well as the usual enquiries from visitors planning their next trip it's also been a week of problem solving. We've had badgers digging up the trail in Hampshire. This means working with Hampshire CC, assessing the potential hazard they cause and applying to DEFRA for a licence to carry out work on or near their sett. Also in Hampshire we have been busy this week clearing a large logjam from a winterbourne stream. this stream had become blocked with dead wood and was causing the stream to flow down the path instead of down the stream bed. This is now all cleared out and I'm now starting to ache! You can see the debris we removed in the item on the 'News' page.

Sadly we also received 2 separate reports of flytipping. Thankfully most of our Local Authorities are really good at responding to these incidence and getting the rubbish cleared away.

Some of the more interesting stuff this week has been sorting out a visit by representatives from the Korean National Park Service, who are coming over next week to look at the South Downs Way, with a view to set up a similar long distance trail there. I've also been drafting a letter to al the MP's that have part of the SDW in their constituencies to invite them to find out more about National Trails and point out their value to society. Lets hope some of them take an interest.  Many people comment that signage of the SDW is excellent, but sometimes struggle to find their way on and off the trail to visit pubs or find their accommodation. So I've been working with West Sussex County Council to sign key linking routes to and from the SDW. This week I've been working on designing plaques for SDW signposts to tell users what facilities can be found at the nearby villages. They should be appearing on the trail soon. Not so interesting is pulling out paperwork requested by the auditors, still it has to be done.

Now its the weekend and for some a very long and hard challenge awaits. It's the annual Oxfam Trailwalker event which will see hundreds of teams of walkers (and some runners) complete 100km of the SDW in under 30 hours. Good luck to all.

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