The Friends of Pickerings Pasture - Wildlife Sightings
NEW PATHWAYS FOR PICKERINGS PASTURE
The FoPP are thrilled that we have gained a Tesco Bags of Help grant to repair the damage caused by years of use.
Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative in hundreds of regions across England and Wales. The scheme will see three community groups and projects in each region awarded a grant of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 - all raised from the 5p bag charge.
Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco's 390 regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the five pence charge levied on single use carrier bags. The public will now vote in store from the 27 February until 6 March on who should receive the £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 awards.
Thank you for your votes. We were awarded £10,000.00.
Some years back we won a grant to refurbish the riverside path with tarmac. This time we will also use tarmac, to refurbish the path along side the water works, to the exit. The top layer will be raked off along the waterways path by the FoPP volunteers, before the professionals move in to tarmac the path. It will cause some disruption but walkers and cyclists will be able to avoid the pools and mud that have been a source of complaint for the last 10 years.
The grant won't stretch as far as we'd hoped and we'll only be able to renovate the 470metres of pathway to the side of the water works but we will look for funding for the other pathways, in the centre of the site.
Update Dec 2016
We are still waiting for a time when the construction firm can start the work but hope it will be soon.
Update Feb 2017
The long awaited but much appreciated work started on the path on February 1st. The construction firm increased it's work force to get the job done as quickly as possible and to reduce inconvenience to site users. Some concern has been expressed by path walkers that the tarmac surface may encourage cyclists to increase their speed. The tarmacked areas on the site are paths and not roads. Cyclists should ride with curtsey and care.
We hope that this refurbished, dry and mud free path will be of real benefit and improve the experience for all site users.