Ramblers put best feet forward for footpath clearances

A NUMBER of overgrown Saddleworth footpaths are set to receive some autumn pruning and volunteers are wanted to help with clearance and cutting back of vegetation.

Oldham Ramblers were out tackling footpaths in Delph and Grasscroft as the Independent went to press.

And the active group, part of the Manchester and High Peak Area Ramblers, also have three further sites to tackle later this month.

Footpath secretary John Walton said: “We are always on the lookout for extra hands to reduce the workload on volunteers coming out week after week helping to clear the blocked paths.

“The numbers of paths to be cleared are increasing by the day due to the rapid growth of brambles and nettles.

“Indeed, the last footpath to be cleared – Saddleworth 109 in Dobcross on October 29 – must be one of the fastest growing bramble spots in the country.

“We need a full team out on this last path to be cleared before the winter months.

“Please bring your own secateurs, loppers, safety glasses, heavy duty gloves and wet wipes to clean your hands after.”

Volunteers are also wanted for footpath Oldham 25 clearance off Knowls Lane, Lees on Tuesday, October 15,  Saddleworth 13 clearance off Delph Road and Buckley Drive, Denshaw on Tuesday, October 22 and Saddleworth 109 off Wool Road and Sugar Lane on Tuesday, October 29.

Each clearance starts at 10.30am. For more details contact John on 07929 453335 or email john@jvwalton.plus.com

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