Friends of the Railway Path workday on Sunday 20th May

News from Dick Millard (eMail dick.millard at btinternet.com)

The next Friends of the Railway Path workday is on Sunday, 20th May. Please let me know if you expect to be able to attend (but feel free to come along even if you haven’t!). We will meet at 10.00 at the Barnfield Road access point to the path near Elcot Lane, Marlborough (just off London Road, by the Old Railway Bridge). Grid reference SU 202 691

The outline work plan is:

At the Barnfield access point:
o Fit new arm to the Millennium Mile Post at: re-paint all arms (if anyone would like to bring paint and equipment: please let me know if you’d like to do this)
o Fit No Parking signs just outside the gate (to discourage parking on the verge)
o Rake over damaged verge to regrade and scarify; replant with grass / wildflower seed

At Poulton Down bridge:
o Remove remaining ivy on trees at high risk (on the NE side of bridge)
o Cut back sprouting on felled stumps either side of the bridge, the prevent re-growth. Cover selected stumps with black plastic and tie down as an experiment to prevent further re-growth.
o Clear round and sweep off mysterious rune-like artwork on the path just to the NW

Between A4 bridge and Poulton Down:
o Litter pick and tidy, especially under bridges
o Remove overhanging branches and new brambles at eye height
o Sweep off the loose material built up on the ramp just on south side of the A4.

Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and stout footwear, and bring:
· Lunch and a drink
· Gardening gloves if you have some (the heavier the better for many of these jobs, as many of the path side bushes are thorny)
· Any hand tools which you think you would like to use.

We will have a stock of tools for use on the day.

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