Bank erosion has steadily narrowed the grass strip between the path and the steep bank into the river making it dangerous in wet conditions. It also meant that any new steps constructed down to fishing levels would have to be cut into the existing path.
We decided that a new foot path two metres in from the bank drop off was needed.
Three committee members, who’s age totals well over 200 years, have today cleared the dense bramble patches and cut all intrusive overhead branches. That’s stage 1 complete.
The next stage involves marking out the path, levelling the earth in a couple of places. The new path is to be 1 to 1.5 mts wide, two metres from the bank top and as straight as possible. This will be mostly spade work made difficult by roots.
A younger work party required this time.
The last stage is in two parts. Weed killing along the new path route. This will have to be done twice. Once when the nettles and most other weeds are grown up to about 30 cms, and again later when the bracken and any new weeds appear. That should suffice for this year.
Replacing old steps to improve existing access and making some completely new ones will follow and ideally be complete before the new season starts although with other projects elsewhere will make this very difficult to achieve without more help.