Adopt an area - how we are keeping paths clear during COVID-19
We had to suspend our working groups in March due to COVID-19. Since then, many of our members have been helping keep paths clear on their walks. Thanks for their efforts.
At our AGM on 18th November, we agreed to ask individuals, couples or small groups of members to adopt an area of paths and keep them clear.
We've divided the paths in the Bridgnorth parish into 13 areas, as show in the table and map on the right. We've already had a good response, with 8 of the areas having been adopted. 5 are left.
If you'd like to volunteer to clear an area then please contact the Chairman by email or via the Contact page on this website.
Those adopting an area should aim to cut back overgrowth at ground level and overhanging the path and try to keep paths clear. If there is anything more major that needs attention, such as trees having fallen over the path or stiles, gates or steps needing attention, then contact the Chairman. You might want to involve a small group to help you. See the Members' Info page for guidance and insurance information.
You MUST follow the COVID restrictions in place at any time. For example, after 2nd December the rule of 6 applies in Tier 2. Please check the current situation at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
If you don’t have gloves, loppers or pruners then the association can provide some on loan, which you can keep if you regularly maintain your area. We will also have a limited number of bush saws for anyone who feels they can use one safely.
You can also volunteer to help in one of the areas. Contact us and we'll put you in touch with the leader for one of the areas.
Aims of the Association
Bridgnorth and District Rights of Way Association aims to:
- Facilitate, encourage and assist in the monitoring and maintenance of rights of way in Bridgnorth and (in collaboration with) neighbouring parishes.
- Identify any changes to the rights of way network that would improve the network, benefiting landowners and users.
- Help minimise damage to crops and livestock, in collaboration with the farming community.
- Lobby Shropshire Council and other bodies in support of the above aims.
- Involve all users of rights of way, including walkers, runners, cyclists and horse riders.
Bridgnorth Walking, Running and Cycling Clubs are all supporting the Association and we welcome their members assisting us. Thanks to Shropshire Council and Bridgnorth Town Council for their support.