Trying to balance and spin all the plates on the greenway is tough… A bit like life in general I guess, with so many things pulling at you for time and attention.
With the path, it could just be a green corridor from A to B, but we try and balance it with the wildlife habitat bit. This makes it hugely interesting for a wider audience, and the picnic benches help to attract families and encourage people to stop and enjoy the wildlife and views. The workdays themselves are a regular bonding event where we share a coffee and do a bit of work. This is massively helpful for our mental well-being.
It would be incredibly easy for any of us to follow our own biases, preferences and values, I suppose a question that is worth asking is, do we have the balance about right and is there enough on offer to satisfy all of our users’ needs?
If you’re a mountain-biker, a trail runner or a budding botanist, or just enjoy being outside, drop us a comment and let us know your thoughts. It’s always good to get the opinions from the path users.
The workday was mainly just litter-picking and snipping back anything trying to grow onto the path. We also did a bit more on the path down to the reed-bed and we are really looking forward to developing this later in the year. I am hoping that this creates a safe exit point rather than the treacherous path down the side of the bridge. It will create a nice short loop for people who want to stay on the Cawston side of the Coventry Road.
A well-deserved cuppa and biscuit for Reece, Marcus and Paul at the midpoint.
Our colourful meadow is looking good and full of insects.
And I guess this is what we are looking for – wide and open grassy path, wildflowers and grasses allowed to flower and seed, scrub and shrubs, with trees on the edges.
It seems to work and the butterflies, bees and other insects are all over it.
And when we get right down into the bit between the scrub and the mown path, as you can see, it is rich in colour and food.
As always, any ID errors please just shout them out – it’s a steep learning curve…
Hopefully, in August we can add butterflies and bees to the spotted and recorded bit. At the moment I just don’t have the mental capacity and time to start chasing winged beasts up, down, and all over the place.
I think that’s about it for now. Next one is at Berrybanks and if we can get that section looking as good as this bit, then we really will be rocking!!