December 2018: We have been putting in
the wooden edge boards in preparation for the membrane
and stone. The path will be "rural" in nature and
hence not to motorway standards - as neil says "
designed wiggly"! We have now finished the edging
- then it will be the really hard work!!
|22/23 October 2018: We
began the construction of the all-weather section of the
footpath started a while ago. Due to the
generousity of Hadnall Parish Council and Sansaw Estate
we now have the where-with-all to build the path
over the muddy section. The first task was to get
a digger to excavate the base for the stone (it was too
far to consider digging by hand!) Darren Lewis
provided a suitable digger which could just squeeze
through the kissing gate. The whole "trench" has
now been completed, ready for the timber edging and
membane to be put in before the stone.
September 2018: The final session of the
year - a final tidying of the Shropshire Way.
|5th September 2018: A new
afternoon's work for the group - 4 set off from the
|Village Hall to walk to Haston to work on the footpath
that runs between Haston lane and Wood Road. The
stiles were replaced a couple of years ago and so were
all in tip-top condition, but needed work with the
secateurs to clear then of brambles and nettles.
The return journey via Station Road was a very pleasant
walk in the warm sunshine!
|21 August 2018: For a
change, we decided to tackle the brambles, nettles etc
down theside s of Haston lane as far as the railway
bridge. This is not one of our paths but we know a
number of families go riding along the lane and there
were lots of sharp branches which could catch the
unwary. Indeed three members of a family came
riding by as we were working!
|8th August 2018: The weather was
due to be hot in the afternoon, so we changed the timing
to 9am which was more tolerable! The group split
into two - some working by the back of the Estate Office
to clear the Shropshire Way there whilst the rest cleaed
local growth or strimmed the path between the big field
and the path behind the Chapel Road estate. The
early morning working meant more walkers trying to bet
past us than we normally see.
July 2018: Session cancelled due to
|8th July 2018 - two groups
tackled different areas. One group went up to the
area behind the Estate Office and cleared the Shropshire
Way, whilst another strimmed and cleared the "middle"
field path behind Chapel Road.
June 2018 - session cancelled due to heatwave (30
|13/14th June 2018: There
were only three volunteers this week due to a clash with
another village group. We worked mainly on the
Shropshire Way, but did not manage to complete the
strimming of the path behind Chapel Road due to a
technical hitch. The vegetation had grown to
almost head high in places and was getting very hard to
easily pass through it. The Playgroup use this
route and they called it a "Jungle Walk". The
plants would have been well above the "smalls" heads!
Went back the next day and finished off the strimming all the way through to the field.
|29th May 2018: Four hardy souls
cleared the footpath from Ladymas Road through the back
of Providence Grange to the field beyond at ground level
and at head level.
May 2018: Five volunteers continued
attacking the bamboo and cleared the path to the Ease
and we also strimmed a path through to the open
space. We need a bonfire to clear the pile of
We have begun the process of putting a bid in to the Parish Council for money to continue with the path that we started last year. Hopefully that will come through soon and we can re-start the project
1st May 2018: Six volunteers made a start to the new season with pairs working in Church Field, on Hadnall Bank and behind Chapel Road. So far the growth is not significant, but starting now means we have it under control. The bamboo by the Ease was attacked and will need further hard graft to reduce its spreading growth. The holly in the Ease needs cutting back as it over-growing the fence, but may have to be left until after the nesting season.
achieved a bit more path construction and have now
reached about 13m along the way Underlay has been
kindly supplied by the Bowling Club, but we have now run
out of wood for the edging. There is only a small
amount of stone left so not much more progress can be
made until more funds become available .
In addition a path was cut from the entrance of the The Ease onto the field so that walkers can can get onto the cut area from the layby. This will be of particular help to dog walkers who can't go through the Ease. It takes a lot of time to keep the Shropshire Way clear for walkers, but other paths in the parish can also be cleared if a need arises.
|Tuesday 4th July: 7 hardy workers
this time, engaged in laying a bit more path. We
have laid about 10 yards now and have run out of wood
and fabric underlay. There is still a bit more
stone to lay. The path was also stimmed clear to
the far field so that you can walk along and not get wet
legs if it has been raining. It will probably need
to be done again when we meet in two weeks, though!
We had a real treat afterwards when Anna turned up with ice-creams for us. They were very much appreciated, thanks!
|Wednesday 21st June: We tried an
experiment of having a working party on a Wednesday
rather than the usual Tuesday, however it still didn't
suit everyone, so a compromise is now planned,
alternating Tuesday sessions with one on a Wednesday
will give more folk an opportunity to contribute.
The website will be the best place to keep a track of
when sessions will take place.
The most recent session saw a few hardy folk (- it was warm and muggy!) do some thistle and nettle clearing whilst others worked on laying a short section of path along the Shropshire Way. Some materials for the path became available, so it was decided to start the construction to show what can be achieved. It is hoped to eventually extend the path to about about 120m, so that walking in the winter is possible and safer! However more materials and digger are needed to get that done!
Five group members spent the day with fellow P3 and Healthy Walking Groups at the Annual Shropshire Celebration Day. Some went on a fungi Foray and learned about various aspects of wild fungi, one went for a walk over and around the Cliffe and one went for a guided walk around part of the Nesscliffe Training Camp, looking at the old Shropshire and Montgomery Railway and some of the old WW2 ammunition bunkers on the site. The day proved to be rather damp, but lunch was provided in Nesscliffe Village Hall and we were updated with aspects of Shropshire Outdoor provision and an amusing talk about Shropshire Folklore.
The gang hard at work at the first working party and then enjoying a very
welcome drinks break provided by a kind local resident.
The first working Party worked at the back of the Chapel Road estate, clearing
the path and cutting back the overhanging branches
At a subsequent working party, the path across Church Field was strimmed to
give a nettle/thistle free path.