Eight volunteers worked with the Monmouthshire CC Countryside Team over two days at the start of August to make further improvements to the waymarking and accessibility of the public rights of way around the village and in our local woodlands.
We have replaced or repaired three stiles, put in twelve new waymarking posts and cleared 500 metres of overgrown footpaths.
Thank you to all those who stopped to talk to the team as we were out and about. The main feedback we heard was that users wanted to see access restored into the woodlands from Maryland. This route has been blocked for a number of weeks by fallen trees despite both the village footpath project and individuals having reported it to Natural Resources Wales. As it is a public footpath, the Monmouthshire CC Team kindly offered to work with our village volunteers to clear the route, and it is now once again open for use.
We are grateful to all of the volunteers, who braved some very unseasonal weather, and for the support of Monmouthshire CC in helping us to make further progress in improving our public footpath and bridleway network. We are already planning another working group day for this summer and a village walk for the autumn.