New Boardwalk Through Cholsey Marsh Made From Recyled Plastic

24th October 2018

With this extended dry spell of weather, we’ve mobilised some heavier machinery onto the river bank with some larger access improvement projects now complete.
Along the Thames Path, Cholsey to Moulsford reach through South Oxfordshire, we’ve built a 40-metre boardwalk made entirely out of re-cycled plastic. Recycled plastic is an excellent material to build projects such as boardwalks. Unlike wood it requires no maintenance, doesn’t rot in wet conditions and comes with a natural anti-slip surface, and so no further works are required. It’s great to find ways to utilise recycled plastic and put it to beneficial use as access for all projects along the Thames Path National Trail.

The boardwalk covers an area that gets seriously poached out during wetter weather, users then try to avoid the area by moving into Cholsey marsh which unfortunately creates yet further poaching and loss of important habitat. With support from Grundon’s Waste Management and Trust for Oxfordshire Environment (TOE) and further part funding from National Trails, we’ve been able to build and install the boardwalk and so ensure this will not happen in future. The boardwalk allows greater access for all, helping to extend the summer walking season along this beautiful stretch of Thames Path through South Oxfordshire.

Grundon Waste Management donated £5,000 for the project through the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF), and its Head of Compliance, Toni Robinson, who visited the completed project, said: “We were delighted to play a key part in funding this excellent project to help make the pathway more accessible.

“As a local company, we know just how popular the Thames Path is, many of our employees live and work in the area around Cholsey and we hope it will be another step forward in opening up our beautiful countryside for more people to enjoy.”

Grundon’s donation was managed through local environmental charity Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment (TOE).

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