Grundon in the Community – Transforming the Thames Path near Benson

Thanks to funding from TOE2, Grundon Waste Management, the Thames Path National Trail Team a stretch of the Thames Path near Benson has been surfaced to provide all year round easy access for all.

This heavily used path provides a safe and beautiful riverside walk, part of the 180mile long Thames Path National Trail and a well-used local route to access Wallingford’s amenities. In wet conditions the path was becoming increasingly muddy and inaccessible. Benson Parish Council, the River Users Group and the local lock keeper had become increasingly concerned about the state of the path, and were delighted when the Thames Path National Trail Office organised a project to carry out improvements. The work was carried out by local contractor Buryhook Countryside Management who sourced the materials locally to create a path in keeping with the local environment and accessible all year round.

Steven Tabbitt, National Trails Thames Path & Ridgeway Project and Volunteer Co-ordinator said; ‘It’s excellent that TOE2 saw the importance of the Thames Path National Trail and just what it means to the local community. We are very grateful to the local landowners who provided access and a holding ground on their land for the materials and contractors machinery. Without the match funding from TOE2 this project would never have happened’.

The Thames Path National Trail is the only National Trail to follow the full length of a river, from the source in Gloucestershire to the Thames Barrier in London. It is managed in partnership with the 23 highway authorities that the Trail runs through, Natural England and the Environment Agency. Day to day management of the Trail outside of London is overseen by a small team hosted by Oxfordshire County Council.

The National Trails Team runs a Volunteer Scheme for both The Thames Path and The Ridgeway National Trails, for which no experience is required, just time and enthusiasm. A task diary is produced every 2 months with tasks ranging from vegetation management, mowing and scrub clearance, to signage and gate repairs. Volunteers book a place on a task of their choosing and The National Trails Team arranges everything else.

The Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment (TOE2) –

 

www.trustforoxfordshire.org.uk

 

The Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment (TOE2) Ltd is a charity and a non-profit making company set up to drive and support communities wishing to improve Oxfordshire’s environment. TOE2 is an exciting venture developed by the Oxfordshire Rural Community Council (ORCC) to provide strategic support and funding for local communities wishing to:

  • Promote and improve the biodiversity of Oxfordshire’s wildlife habitats
  • Encourage and develop the sustainable use of renewable resources and
    increased energy efficiency in community facilities
  • Increase access to the local countryside and green spaces

TOE2 is grateful for the continued support of Grundon Waste Management whose funding makes an important contribution to the sustainability of Oxfordshire’s environment. TOE2 is also working with a range of other funders including Oxfordshire County Council, the Patsy Wood Trust, the Esme Fairbairn Foundation, Towergate Insurance and individual supporters.

If you have a local project that needs funding or if you would like to know how to provide support for TOE2, please contact Fiona Danks on toe@oxonrcc.org.uk or 07867 743208.

The Landfill Communities Fund

The Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) gives waste operators the opportunity to divert a percentage of their annual Landfill Tax bill into the communities and environments around landfill sites. The LCF is regulated by a government appointed regulator ENTRUST, (www.entrust.org.uk ) which ensures that all funded projects fall within the remit of the LCF.

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