Conservation Volunteer Updates
Over the last couple of weeks Thames Chase Conservation Volunteers have been busy opening up Public Rights of Way on behalf of Havering Council. A particular success was Footpath 176 which runs from Moor Lane close to Moor Lane C of E Church onto arable land which then connects to Cranham Brickfields and Franks Wood. The path was blocked by fallen trees, was heavily overgrown, and covered in a large amount of litter. One of the footbridges was also in need of repair with missing planks. The volunteers made a good start one very wet Thursday and then completed the job the following week. The path now looks fantastic as it has been opened up using a strimmer and a range of hand tools, the litter has been cleared (10 black sacks full), and the bridge was repaired. We hope local people will notice our good work and enjoy walking along this now inviting path.
The volunteers have also worked on Footpath No 9 which runs from Broxhill Road to Cummings Hall Lane, Noak Hill. Sadly we were unable to open the path fully due to a drainage issue and a potentially dangerous dead tree over the path. The council will now look into carrying out the necessary work to ensure this path can be opened up to the public as it forms part of a circular route and is close to the London Loop.
Grenfell Park – Land of the Fanns
The volunteers have also been working on behalf of the Land of the Fanns on the River Rom Restoration Project. They worked at Havering Council’s Grenfell Park and The Chase Local Nature Reserve to open up two main footpaths which start at Crescent Avenue, Hornchurch. The paths then fork to the right into Grenfell Park towards the YMCA and to the left where the path meets the lane down to Eastminster Riding Stables off Upper Rainham Road. The volunteers opened up both pathways which were almost impassable with overgrown vegetation. They also created some access and viewing points to allow people to see sections of the River. There was a substantial amount of litter that was cleared and we hope to return to carry out repair work to one of the footbridges.
On behalf of Havering Council the volunteers cut back overgrown and overhanging vegetation on this footpath which runs from Suttons Lane behind the site of St George’s Hospital, over the River Ingrebourne and onto Berwick Woods. The team also opened up the footpath that connects to 215 and follows the river to Hacton Lane. We then moved onto Footpath 219 from Gaynes Park Road, opening up the path, litter picking and cutting back around a footbridge.
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