Posts about the path

Footpath due to close?

Footpath due to close?

Changes planned at Chadkirk: your chance to have your say

Information about the proposed changes to the footpath by the stream has been posted over recent months. To read more, here are some of the key posts on the way:

Update: 4 October

Paths and priorities

The plans: What the Rights of Way Officer had to say

Footpath by stream or new bridleway

A few new snippets of information have emerged:

* The new bridleway was planned in 2006-7

* It was part of the Rights of Way Improvement Plan

* It was publicised and consultation happened at that time.
Any recollection of that? I haven’t met anyone who has.

* Funding is from an as yet unidentified pot of money.
Perhaps from a central government/nationwide initiative ?
Who knows?

Autumn in the Walled Garden

The honey bees keep making honey in the autumn. Photo: Artemisia

The bees keep making honey in the autumn.
Photo: Artemisia

The Walled Garden

October sunshine in the Walled Garden. Photo: Artemisia

October sunshine in the Walled Garden.
Photo: Artemisia

Autumn colours. Photo: Artemisia

Autumn colours.
Photo: Artemisia

Saturday 4th October

Gardening Team at work

Gardening Team at work

Gardening volunteer at work

Volunteer gardener at work in the Walled Garden. Photo: Artemisia

Volunteer gardener at work in the Walled Garden.
Photo: Artemisia

The first Saturday in the month, so today the gardeners from the Friends of Chadkirk will be down in the Walled Garden and in the area around the Chapel. They will be doing the usual gardening jobs for this time of year. Tidying up a little after a season of abundant growth. And perhaps clearing some of the leaves that have started to fall and anything tossed about by last night’s wind and rain. After one of the driest September’s on record, each year a little different from the last, as the seasons change.

Other changes happen too. And those who care for Chadkirk will want to be confident that changes initiated are for the best. So this afternoon the Chair of the Friends of Chadkirk will be posting a map of the proposed New Bridleway on the notice board at Chadkirk with a brief summary of the proposals and some suggestions.

Footpath due to close?

Footpath due to close?

I understand that, on 22 September, the Chair of the Friends of Chadkirk walked the route of the proposed new bridleway with the manager responsible for maintaining footpaths in the borough. She was able to raise concerns and request information. At the end of the ‘tour’, she gave him a number of questions about the plans.

At the meeting on 2 October, after a discussion about the management of the garden, the group of Friends present considered the answers to these questions, which were given in written form.

It may be possible to get a copy of the map and/or the written statements to post on here. At the time of writing, I can make no promises. However, I will ask.

In the meantime, it looks as if the way forward is for those with a view to contact their elected representatives. In some respects, the more the merrier!

It’s one thing to find that people feel that they would like the footpath to remain and to spend some of the money ear-marked for the Bridleway on maintaining the existing path. It’s another to enable the elected representatives who vote on these matters to reflect these views in the actions that they take. And the money that they spend.

Gardening today 2-4pm.

Notice this...

A well earned break for the gardening volunteers.

A well earned break for the gardening volunteers.

Paths, priorities…and people power.

Paths and priorities…

Footpath due to close?

Footpath due to close?

We have a well used path.
Popular.
Requiring modest maintenance.

We have (apparently/allegedly) a sum of £20,000.
This has been allocated for the proposed New Bridleway.

Plan A: Close well used current path.
Spend £20 000 on new path for which there is unproven demand.

Plan B: Use resources to maintain the current path.
Prioritise this.
Ditch the plans for the expensive bridleway.

Which makes sense? Plan A or Plan B?

There is time to influence events.
Tell your elected representatives.
And maybe your would-be elected representatives too.
Make them aware of your priorities and preferences.
After all, this is your Country Park and your Council Tax money.

Write or phone or email about these paths and a sense of priorities.

Celebrating…

At the last meeting of the Friends of Chadkirk, Pat read out a letter of thanks. The letter told of the success of Chadkirk Festival 2014 and of the part that the Friends of Chadkirk had played in making that possible. More to follow on that. For now, a small celebration of that day with some photographs to remind us of summer sun and friendly fun down at Chadkirk.

across the generations
games, ancient and modern
and the band played on...
young dancers demonstrate
young dancers demonstration for the crowds
history in the making
balloon animal
health and safetymartial arts
martial arts stall
light refreshments and cream teas

Introducing the team…

Friends of Chadkirk

Plant stall at Festival

Cream Teas

Scones, cream and strawberries: a treat from the Friends of Chadkirk stall at the festival

Bird and Bat Box making : Saturday 13th September

The weather was warm. The families who came along had fun. And at least 8 new homes were made for some of our local wildlife. Especial thanks to John for cheerful and constructive tips on construction (and future occupants).

New Bat Box.  Proud owner/maker. Photo: Artemisia

New Bat Box.
Proud owner/maker.
Photo: Artemisia


One of each - bat box  and bird box. Each with a different entrance. Photo: Artemisia

One of each – bat box and bird box.
Photo: Artemisia

Family working together to make B+B boxes. Photo: Artemisia

Family working together to make B+B boxes.
Photo: Artemisia

One of Saturday's first boxes.

John offers some tips.

John offers some tips.

Bird and Bat Box making by the Chapel, Chadkirk. Photo: Artemisia

Bird and Bat Box making by the Chapel, Chadkirk.
Photo: Artemisia