May/June clearance

For various reasons we have not been walking and keeping vegetation in check for the last couple of years, but we are back out on the paths. As Allan Portas used to tell me, one thing is certain, whatever you cut back will only grow again! How true, particularly in this wet and warm weather. Here are few areas have been tackled this week, some others not worthy of mention.

The bridge is up by Herne Green farm on TOD29. While around here we also cleared the Monmouth Way bench, various waymark posts and the gate of TOD32. It was lovely to chat to some appreciative walkers enjoying our countryside in today’s glorious sunshine who were walking the Lodge farm walk.

cleared bridge

This is the bridge on the Toddington/Chalgrave boundary on the path (TODA62/CHA23) from Toddington beyond the Glebe and Dropshot Marsh towards College farm. The handrail post have rotted, so the remaining handrail is not safe. We cleared back the vegetation from the bridge and waymark posts.

This is the fenced in section of path (TOD42) from Griffin farm towards Old Park farm. The stinging nettles are growing too well in this weather, but hopefully a CBC contractor will cut them in the next month. We cut a number of overhanging branches that make walking the path hazardous using a hand saw. Always more to do later in the year.

stinging nettles on path

During the week the Buckingham’s cut the bridleway that runs beside the cemetery. We walked down it uncut to do the work above, but by the time we returned it was cut, making it much easier to walk – thanks.