Greenways and Cycleroutes Workcamp – Wye Valley Greenway

13 to 21 September 2019

Why:

The Wye Valley Greenway near Chepstow will be a walking and cycling route following the former railway line linking Chepstow with Tintern.

When:

Please join our workcamp, 9 to 5, from Saturday 14 to Saturday 21 September inclusive for as many or as few days as you wish – even if you can only spare a few hours.

What:

We will be tackling a range of preliminary works to manage the disused railway, including installing and painting metal props to a bridge, masonry repairs, fencing and gating, building trial bat refuges in a tunnel, clearing vegetation and debris, and installing culverts.

Where:

Join us at the National Diving and Activity Centre, A48, Tidenham, NP16 7LQ, just east of Chepstow; park first, then head on foot or by bike to the left as you enter, past the chalets, and up to the old station site. Between 9 and 5 you should find volunteers working who will have a joining sheet, and be able to point you to some suitable work. If you cannot find anyone, then please ring John Grimshaw on 07792 714 708 or Caroline Levett on 07514 568 386.

What to bring:

  • Bring a picnic, and a water bottle and working gloves if you have them.
  • Wear old clothes which you don’t mind being wrecked by dirt or glue, strong shoes
  • We will provide basic tools, but you are welcome to bring your own marked favourites:
    • gloves
    • bolster, hammer and trowel
    • loppers, secateurs, pruning and bow saws
    • small crowbars for digging postholes.

Who:

We welcome everyone. No previous experience is necessary. There will be a variety of work, although most of it will be physically quite hard. Children are welcome to join in, but only under supervision of a responsible adult. The workcamp will be led by John Grimshaw, who founded Sustrans and the National Cycle Network. The team will include leaders with up to 40 years experience of building cycleroutes and managing volunteers.

Please contact us greenwaysandcycleroutes@gmail.com to express an interest, say whether you want to camp or come as a day visitor, and indicate rough days to help us plan and so we can give you last minute joining instructions. Do not worry if you need to change your mind – we will not hold you to your word.

John Grimshaw and Caroline Levett for Greenways and Cycleroutes Limited, 16 August 2019