Many of our rights of way are natural unsurfaced paths through grass,
maybe between hedges. Unfortunately, this ‘intimacy’ with nature can
become unwelcome when vigorous growth of nettles, brambles and hedges -
especially from May and through the summer - can start to block the
paths. Regular walking of the paths identifies the potential problems
and in itself helps keep them clear.
We can then take steps to keep paths clear; Ken Hawkins is also the
Footpath Warden for Dereham Town Council and he (and other volunteers)
can regularly be seen busily trying to clear routes as fast as the
shrubbery can grow up.
If you spot a problem or can help with the work please get in touch
Here are some examples of path work:
We recently made the news on the national
after Ken was awarded a Dereham Citizen’s Award.
The speed of summer growth
is a problem.
This is especially true with some of the paths which have recently been brought
back into use as the nettles and brambles will have strong roots. As long as we
keep at it, over time this will become more easily manageable.
Clearing nettles and litter
from footpath 14.
Help from volunteer groups is most welcome when we have a difficult problem. We
are grateful for the help from the Norfolk branch of The Conservation Volunteers
who cleared dozens of tree stumps
from Restricted Byways 30 and
from footpath 6.
being cleared to
Heavy duty mower
clearing path edges.
Repairing the board-walk
Rd and Scarning Fen.
is sometimes welcome when
a path has been disused for sometime.
In addition, we also work to encourage action from those with responsibility to
keep paths open and welcoming. Two recent developments have been made following
our representations, one involving work on Footpath
, and the other on Footpath 14