Good midweeker today and we carried on with the path widening. It’s tough ripping out the scrub but it has to be done. What is left is a lovely wide path that will allow all users enough room to comfortably use the greenway. It will also allow walkers and cyclists to stick to dry ground as the rain creates puddles on the original path.
Hopefully grass will establish itself on the newly cleared areas. However, we have to bear in mind that we have not removed the bramble roots, so we need to do this at some point, or we will just be fighting a losing battle.
We are about to break out onto the top of the embankment and the clearing gets a lot easier. I think it might be wise to carry on to the new underpass. When we get to this point then we need to go back to the second picnic clearing and push downwards towards Potford’s Dam. This is going to be tough because it is in cutting and also it is a long walk to get there.
The good news is that we are creating a lovely safe walk or cycleway to Draycote Water Park. I am going to investigate the flooding at the section that goes under the A45 and maybe just rip out all the trees so that a new path can be formed around the standing water. Eventually Sustrans will sort this bit out properly but due to the current spending cuts, this could be a long way off.
Next workday is at the flooded area near to The Bear. I am looking forward to seeing if we can fix this, or end up having to go around it!