Right then – time for a radical change in plan!
I walked the greenway past The Bear pub and Carrillion who built the Western Relief Road and the cycle path that runs along side it, have created a spur that joins the greenway about half a mile down from The Bear, with the cycle path (which is now part of National Cycle Network Route 41).
I suggest that we extend our efforts to where this spur connects to the WRR cycle path. It’s a lot more work and it really is overgrown, but it creates a complete corridor and alternative route from A to B, with B being Potsford’s Dam where Sustrans will pick up the task of managing the greenway down to Draycote.
The wildlife that I am seeing already is fantastic. Butterflies, foxes and badgers to name but a few. Wild berries are starting to ripen and it feels like a really good place to be. I am hoping to get some picnic benches put into the clearings and cut back the rides between the clearings. There are a lot of wild raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and sloe berries, which are the fruit of the blackthorn plant. There are also cherry trees, so what we have is a solid foundation to build from.
So the August workday is all about clearing the litter from the new underpass, to The Bear and down to the spur. Pretty horrible but it needs to be done.
I hope that we can get a good number of us on this. It will be well worth the extra effort.