Ramblers tackle rights of wayPublished Thursday, 27th February 2014
Volunteers from the Ramblers Association are starting 2014 as they mean to continue – by helping keep more of Rotherham’s rights of way and parklands in good order.
The well-established 20-strong volunteer group has worked with Rights of Way officers from the Council to outline schemes each month throughout the year to help the authority keep their path network and parklands in excellent order.
The group were out in force in Swinton on Thursday February 27, clearing Footpath No. 12 that runs from Queen Street along the Dearne and Dove Canal area towards Dearne Valley College.
Future schemes during the year include reinstating the historic line of a public footpath at Anston Stones Wood; dry-stone walling, and planting trees at the new 'Access for all' route linking Rother Valley Country Park and Aston.
Cllr Gerald Smith, the Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Development, thanked the volunteers for their planning and enthusiasm.
He said: "We have a long and fruitful relationship with groups such as the Ramblers Association and others who access our local countryside. In pressing financial times, we do our best to provide easy and clear access to our network of paths, which stretch for many hundreds of miles.
"The agreement that officers have reached with our friends in the Ramblers Association is another step to maximising our limited resources to provide the best possible service for local people."
Anyone interested in helping the Ramblers Association and their partnership of volunteers should contact Philip Ryder on 01709 371266.