Major repairs to important path were a big team effort

From left, Laura Waugh, Angus Ricson (volunteer), Tony Derbyshire, Michael Burns (volunteer), Peter Millar and volunteers Christine Ruddick and Garry Rice.
From left, Laura Waugh, Angus Ricson (volunteer), Tony Derbyshire, Michael Burns (volunteer), Peter Millar and volunteers Christine Ruddick and Garry Rice.

Volunteers working in Pegswood Community Woods were rewarded with a bright sunny morning to repair the main footpath leading from the Longhirst Road across the footbridge towards Bothal.

The dumper-load of crushed dolomite stone used to carry out the task following damage by surface water was donated by Carillion, the work was directed by Tony Derbyshire of Northumberland County Council’s rights of way team and the volunteer taskforce was organised by Laura Waugh from Groundwork North East and Cumbria.

The public right of way before the work was carried out.

The public right of way before the work was carried out.

The Friends of Pegswood Community Woods community group, led by Peter Millar, is moving to self-sufficient status and it is working on fund-raising and a range of projects to make improvements to the woods and access – while also raising awareness of the beauty of the woods and species diversity.

Mr Millar said: “We worked with Groundwork and the county council to make the path improvements in the woods so people can enjoy the space and get around safely.

“This path was almost impassable before it was repaired.”

He added that the Friends of Pegswood Community Woods is open to everyone and more information about it can be found on the group’s Facebook page.

The public right of way after the work was carried out.

The public right of way after the work was carried out.

Mr Derbyshire said: “The path is now much easier to use and safer and the county council is grateful to all involved.”