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.
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.