Paths & People..

Was there a rumour that Spring is on its way?

It seems with the early arrival this year there is more work than ever to be done in and around the Grange at Hurworth. One of the key tasks EPICH has been consistently working on is the laying of paths in an attempt to make them more walker friendly and easy to navigate by anyone who likes to wander around the area and see the changes in the seasons occur in the grounds.

Guy and Peter Foster, from Foster Tree Surgery very kindly provide chippings to EPICH from their various activities (http://www.fosterstreesurgery.com/). The EPICH merry band of volunteers then busy themselves with barrowing the chippings in and around the Grange to lay paths, fill holes and generally soak up the soggy and muddy areas created by the great British winter, ultimately aiming to make a walk around the Grange a pleasant and easy activity for all ages.

We have added an innovation this winter where we lay weed protective matting down before applying the chippings. We think this will reduce maintence considerably. Time will tell.

‘It’s a bit like the Forth Road Bridge’ path laying coordinator Viv Whitaker, EPICH, has been heard to say. ‘There is more intensive activity in the winter, but really manpower is required all year round to ensure the paths and environs are kept neat and tidy and easy to access’.

With this and the other activities such as planting insect friendly plants, work with local schools, bramble clearing, litter picking and new projects, there is much for EPICH to do. So if any locals would like to pitch in with a few hours of their time, the committee would be more than happy to hear from you.

Hurworth Friends of the Community is a group of local volunteers, whose intention is to provide and maintain areas of local public interest, in particular focussing on the environment and education within its community. This is to be achieved by developing existing projects and the creation of new undertakings, concerning wildlife, nature and the surrounding countryside in which we live.

To offer a general helping hand with EPICH projects, such as path clearing, general planting, involvement in the local bee project, tidying, renovating bird and insect boxes, etc., please contact the EPICHI Secretary John Martin on johnmartin@epich.org.uk

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