In 2009 Wolvey Environmental group
and friends constructed an extension of the
boardwalk to the cattle bridge over a small stream. It improved access
through the site, so everyone can enjoy the natural environment of the
In 2009 Action
with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) and the Warwickshire Rural
Community Council (WRCC) announced a grant award of £3762 to Wolvey
Parish Council for community benefit under the COMMA fund the
Community Aggregates Fund
the Community Aggregates Fund, aims to compensate communities affected by
quarrying, by supporting community-based projects in their area. ACRE and
the Rural Community Action Network (RCAN) are delivering grants on behalf of
Defra, funded by the aggregates levy on quarries.
applications were submitted this year detailing a huge range of community
projects. The successful projects received grants of between £3000 and
£20,000 to deliver a wide range of community benefits. A full list of
project awards is available on the ACRE website.
result of this grant it has been possible for a new extension of the
boardwalk to be constructed by volunteers of the Wolvey Environment Group.
extension runs from the original boardwalk to the cattle bridge and improves
access to the Woodland Walk.
Parish Council acknowledges and thanks Defra, ACRE and the Warwickshire Rural
Community Council for their assistance in increasing the benefit of this
special place for the whole community
Images by kind permission of Pete Hopkins,
Sid Hindmarsh and Roger Wickens.
The new Boardwalk Extension
The new spur joins the existing Boardwalk to the Cattle Bridge enabling easier access to the Woodland walk
The Woodland walk
Before the Boardwalk extension was built in the autumn of 2009
access to the woodland walk was limited. Originally it meant a step
off the original boardwalk into boggy ground, in the summer months
the path was overgrown and in winter the ground was too wet which
made the Woodland often inaccessible for visitors.
completion of the Boardwalk extension and boarding of the old cattle
bridge has improved access to the Woodland and
members of Wolvey environmental group has also installed a wheelchair friendly path through the woodland
walk which has enhanced the experience for
The Task Ahead
The images below show the the route from the existing boardwalk to
the cattle bridge prior to the installation of the boardwalk extension. The enormity of the task
can clearly be seen.
Views from the existing boardwalk towards the Cattle Bridge.
The Old Cattle Bridge before its refurbishment.
Some excavation was needed.
Originally the ground rose from the bridge before dropping again to
meet the existing boardwalk. This bank needed to be removed to provide unobstructed access to the bridge.
Building the Boardwalk Extension
Below images show Members of
Wolvey Environmental Group and friends constructing the
The Completed Extension
View showing the new Boardwalk Spur
taken from the existing Boardwalk.
The New Spur curves gently as you
approach the existing Boardwalk from the Cattle Bridge.
The New Spur curves and drops gently
as you near the Cattle Bridge.
View showing the gradual rise from
the Cattle Bridge to level ground
The level of the Cattle Bridge has been raised and boarded.
The view from the refurbished Cattle Bridge towards the Existing Boardwalk.
images of the Boardwalk click on the links below:
The Boardwalk Views of the Boardwalk from South to North and North to South. Building the Boardwalk This gives an indication of some of the
adverse conditions the group had to overcome during the build:
Signage Boards Views of new and existing signage
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