Our Bridge Repairers!
A small group of us, led by our Countryside Officer, Mike Dent, go out once a month to help the Staffordshire County Council countryside officers to repair public footpaths. Our first outing was in July and five of us went out to Rushton for the day. We all enjoyed ourselves, even though some of us were not used to the rather heavy tools and digging! However, we put a new stile in at the end of a footbridge, repaired another footbridge and replaced a stile - all with the help of the SCC team but not bad for a first attempt! The work was done off Beat Lane at Rushton which is an unmade road leading to the top end of Rudyard - so when you are out and about you could be viewing our handywork.
Our August outing was to Greenway Bank Country Park where five of our Group assisted in tidying the pathway alongside Knypersley Pool. If you enjoy strimming back overgrown trees and shrubs as well as grass you would have enjoyed this. The end result was a much improved walkway!
Our task for Thursday, 8 October - 5 of us went on this outing to The Heights at Ladderedge. We had to improve part of the Staffordshire Way path leading from City Road down along the side of Ladderedge Country Park to the canal feeder. The path becomes very muddy so we were there to lay 16 tons of ballast! We didn't achieve the entire stretch of the path but quite a good amount - this involved laying and levelling the ballast and hardening it with "mini roller". A lovely sunny day with stunning views, a bit tiring, but enjoyed by all! Reports received since, are that all the regular dog walkers are pleased with the results! **
Heavy rain meant that we had to cancel the December outing!
Our first outing of 2016 - a beautiful sunny warm May day saw three of us join three of the Council team to help clear the ditches by the side of a path at Meir Heath. It also involved some cutting back of the overgrown trees and hedges. We enjoyed visiting a different part of the County and discovering new paths and perhaps giving us ideas for future walk routes.
Three of us returned to the Staffordshire Way footpath at Ladderedge Country Park for our July outing - last year, we didn't quite complete all of the path before it descended into the woodland - this was achieved in July and it looks pretty good! - Hopefully, not so many muddy boots now for the regular walkers along this path.F
August repair work - A damp and miserable day but four of us went to Deep Hayes Country Park to help with some fencing which had become rotten and needed replacing.