Greys Green new public footpath created

Footpath 60 links a number of public footpaths around Greys Green in South Oxfordshire.

Oxfordshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr David Nimmo Smith said: “It has been great to work with both the National Trust and Sonning Common Green Gym to provide such an important linking path as a safer alternative to walking along a busy road. The council is looking to create more footpaths in appropriate locations to facilitate access to the countryside.”

Jayne Lake Deputy Head Gardener from Greys Court National Trust added: “We are delighted to have worked in partnership to create this footpath with minimal disturbance to the woodland - a really positive outcome”.

The Green Gym volunteers worked hard to clear scrubby vegetation from the route which gave them a good workout too. The Conservation Volunteers runs Green Gyms, which combine physical activity with learning new skills and caring for the environment.

Brian Gardener, Sonning Common Green Gym co-ordinator for this project said: "This was an enjoyable and interesting task for the Green Gym which enabled us to use our Woodland management skills to create a useful asset for the local community and others seeking to enjoy the countryside."

The route also forms part of the Chiltern Way long distance trail and it is now open to the public. Combined with the Henley 40 acre dedication, the new footpath is part of a 1 km section of new footpaths in the area.