Taking first steps on new wildlife walkway
A FOOTPATH to bring Downend residents closer to the wildlife on their doorstep has been officially unveiled.
The Jubilee Walkway opening up the banks of the river Frome was created following a five-year community campaign and the securing of about £12,000 paid by developers to South Gloucestershire Council in return for planning permission.
It enables people to walk along a half-mile stretch of riverside woodlands near Lincombe Barn on a woodchip-covered pathway, with wooden bridges over streams and gullies, linking up with the Frome Valley Walkway at Frenchay Bridge.
The area is home to badgers, owls and a variety of other birds.
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The walkway was the idea of Downend resident Mary Lewis, who campaigned for the restoration of an original pathway that had fallen into disrepair and could no longer be safely used.
Members of the Friends of Lincombe Barn Park and Woods worked with council community landscape project officer Mike Plumb to bring the scheme to fruition.
Friends group chairman Dr Pete Astley said: "I've been living in this part of Bristol for 30 years. When we first came here the path was actually in use but over many years it became unusable.
"We thought it was an area that ought to be used by local people and particularly families – we don't have enough areas that are wild but accessible.
"It's a nice area that had been neglected and left for a while but is being rediscovered with joy by local people."
To celebrate its completion a fun day was held at the woods, off Rockland Road, on Sunday, with activities for youngsters organised by the Mud Pie Explorers group.