We wanted to steer people away from the almost sheer drop, down the side of the Potsford Dam bridge, and instead have a far safer exit point onto Trussell Way.
Whilst we had an idea of trying to incorporate the reed-bed into the route down, it soon became apparent that we were just repacing one danger with another. Downward slopes with water at the bottom are an accident waiting to happen!
So, Martin, Tim, Marcus and myself set about making a safe path out onto the new part of Trussell Way and an attractive circular walk that stays on the Cawston side of the Coventry Road.
Down we go…
Lots of back-filling to keep everything in place.
From the existing path, the new steps start as the coppice turns to scrubby bramble.
We felt that it would be worthwhile scalloping a lot of the scrub and extending the wildflower patch. This means the woodland walk suddenly breaks out into wildflower meadow, with views across Lawford Heath, and the reed-bed on the other side with dragonflies and damsels doing their thing. We have a couple of spare picnic benches that we can add. This will encourage people to stop and enjoy the wildlife and views.
My new furry friend. I am slowly getting over my fear of dogs, thanks to all the dog walkers who have patiently let me get to know their dogs.
Lastly, I cannot emphasise enough, how just meeting up and doing stuff on the greenway, creates such a mental feel-good factor. Everyone is welcome and everyone brings something to add to the group. Give us a try sometime over the cutting-back season. I am sure you will not regret it.