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Some of the work completed in 2014 

The P3 group travels over quite a distance to do this fantastic valuable footpath maintenance. We are very grateful to Hilary, Steve, Peter and others for their commitment. Please walk the paths as they are cleared and help to keep these paths from getting too overgrown.

Don't forget if you encounter footpath problems whilst out walking, please report these to Shropshire Council, and/ or to Phil Barnes, our Footpath Secretary, on 01939 809037.

If you would like to form your own P3 group, please contact Helen Beresford in Shropshire Council and ask for further information.

December 2014 report from Peter Knight

Unlike November when we had 3 wet work parties, December has been dry and sunny. For the first work party on the 8th Dec we travelled to Marton Pool caravan park where 4 of us erected 2 stiles and mended a bridge.

On the 12th Dec we were nearer to home on the Severn Way near SundorneRoad. Kath and Barbara cleared the encroaching hedges whilst Peter and Rob, with the help of 2 council workers, built 2 sleeper bridges.

 Sundornebridge1The previous night had seen torrential rain and during the 3 hours we were working, the river rose by 1 foot. By the time we left, the water was up to the bridge.

The final work party on Dec 15th saw us at Albrightlee, not far from the Battlefield roundabout. Six of us enjoyed the sunshine while erecting 1 stile, 2 kissing gates and a couple of waymark posts.

 

Sundornebridge2Since Steve and Hilary left, from September 1st we have had 13 work parties averaging 4 people and completed 327 person-hours work. In that time, amongst other things, we have replaced 11 stiles, repaired 11 stiles, fitted 2 kissing gates and 2 wicket gates (without the hoops), built 8 bridges  and cleared a lot of encroaching hedges.

The team have been magnificent, ignoring the wet and the cold, working hard, remaining cheerful, and always turning up when asked. And all for a free mince pie at Albrightlee!

Neville's first kissing gate Albrightlee

October 2014 report from Peter Knight

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Since the beginning of September, and the departure of Hilary and Steve who were the driving and organisational force of the group, we have re-mustered and are once again attacking the footpaths where we are needed the most.

 We go out in teams of 3 -5 people plus David Hardwick from the council who delivers our tools and the bridges / stiles / kissing gates etc. We start out at 09.15 and get home about 4 o’clock.

Through October we have been working near Acton Scott on a path called the Acton Scott Amble. So far in 4 sessions we have built 3 bridges, 4 stiles, 1 wicket gate and done various other small repairs. We think this is not bad considering we had to walk best part of a mile to and from the site!

 There is more to be done in the Acton Scott area although other jobs are coming in and these have to be prioritised and I am sure we will not run out of work any time soon.

 

 

Monday 1st September

The P3 group were out again doing a magnificent job in the Pulverbatch area. The pictures show the stream crossing before and after the team got to work on a new plank bridge and steps.

 1Sept Before

 

 

 Coffee time

      1sep AfterBridgesteps

 

Week Beginning 21st July 2014

 Wstastonphoto 2P3 volunteers (Peter, Rob & Rod) were out again last Wednesday near Woolstaston ( grid ref: 459979).

They installed two new stiles, put a 2nd step onto an existing stile and put in a marker post. David & Helen from the Council worked with them.

This completes improvements to a section of footpaths in this area, making a pleasant circular walk with views over Caer Caradoc & the Lawley.

uncil. More stone was barrowed to use to fill in holes on the path surface and 2 new gates were installed. We skipped stopping for lunch as the storm clouds loomed and thunder was heard. We were lucky to be finished before the rain came. We still have some clearing to do on the path near Shelton Fields and the steps down to the river. We hope you agree major improvement has been made to this section of the Severn Way. The group plan to be out again on Wednesday 9th July at Hodghurst Farm, near Woolstaston to replace 2 stiles with new ones and to put new steps on a 3rd. This will conclude several days work on this stretch of footpath and has made vast improvements to a loop walk from Woolstaston which has fine views over The Stretton hillsWeek beginning 7th July

P3 Volunteers ( Colin, Rod, Peter, Hilary & Steve ) were out again last Friday continuing the improvements on the Severn Way, near the Mount, Shrewsbury. They were assisted by Matt from Shropshire Council. More stone was barrowed to use to fill in holes on the path surface and 2 new gates were installed. We skipped stopping for lunch as the storm clouds loomed and thunder was heard. We were lucky to be finished before the rain came.

We still have some clearing to do on the path near Shelton Fields and the steps down to the river. We hope you agree major improvement has been made to this section of the Severn Way.

The group plan to be out again on Wednesday 9th July at Hodghurst Farm, near Woolstaston to replace 2 stiles with new ones and to put new steps on a 3rd. This will conclude several days work on this stretch of footpath and has made vast improvements to a loop walk from Woolstaston which has fine views over The Stretton hills.

Week beginning 24th June

At last much needed improvements to the Severn Way, Shrewsbury, near Doctor's Field started on Wednesday this week. 7 volunteers were out with the P3 group (Rod Bacon, Kath Bristow, Pauline Hanson, Peter Knight, Rob Lea, Steve Lowe & Hilary Procter).

We cut back vegetation using loppers, a brushcutter and improvised rakes and brushes made from tree branches! The muddy sections of the path were dug out before being filled in with hardcore. The hardcore was delivered near to the site by a dumper truck and then had to be barrowed and spread onto the path. We were assisted by Nick who was on work experience with the Council and David Hardwick from Shropshire Council removed overhanging branches with the aid of a chainsaw. A gate was removed and the path surface improved before a new gate was installed.

Council staff continued the work on Thursday, putting in a new bridge and improving drainage. Hopefully the path will be free of serious mud for the foreseeable future!

Many walkers thanked us for the work we were doing and we had a visit from John Newnham, Chair of Shrewsbury Ramblers.

5 volunteers returned on Friday to continue and hopefully finish the improvements.

Week beginning 17th June

We had a good day out today although it was hard work in the blazing sun. The volunteers out were Peter Knight, Rod Bacon, Robin Haseley, Steve Lowe and Hilary Procter.

We used our Brush cutter( a larger version of a garden strimmer) to cut the overgrown vegetation, including nettles and brambles, from the path by the side of Haughmond Abbey ( Grid ref: 542152 ) which is on Walk 5 in the '20 Walks' book. Just as we finished clearing the path a group of about 15 walkers from an Oswestry walking group came through. They thanked us greatly as some were wearing shorts!

We put 2 new steps on a stile at Astley ( Grid ref: 537185 )

We cleared an overgrown path opposite The Grapes Inn, Bicton Heath ( Grid ref: 458132 ) and improved the markers on this path that continues past The Severn Hospice and on to the Montford Bridge road.

Please walk these paths to keep the vegetation down and the paths open.

 

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