What has been achieved?
The Parish has been fortunate in receiving funding from a number of sources. The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust provided a grant which enabled us to replace stiles with five easy access gates in Old Bussage. Stroud Rambling Club purchased a kissing gate and a pedestrian gate in memory of a long standing club member. Volunteers installed these in Dimmel’s Dale under the guidance of Cotswold Wardens. The Woodland Trust provided stone to improve a muddy section of footpath in Oldhills Wood, plus the hire of a dumpster to carry the stone up from the valley bottom. Gloucestershire County Council have supported some of our other tasks with finance and guidance.
Much volunteer time has been spent on improving muddy paths across the Parish. This has involved clearing the mud and replacing it with coarse type 1 stone and, on ‘village’ paths, putting a layer of ‘dust’ on top to give a people and dog friendly surface. We know from comments we’ve had that this is appreciated.
Finally, the Footpath Group carried out a survey of Public Right of Way (PROW) signs on Parish paths. As a result a number of previously missing signs have been installed by Gloucestershire County Council (GCC), with more to come.
Report a footpath problem
GCC is formally responsible for maintaining footpaths in the Parish. However, lack of funding means only essential safety work will be done, so if you know of vegetation that needs cutting back, or muddy paths that need the surface improving, please contact the Parish Office, and we’ll see what we can do.