M-Ford Countryside Group
The group attempts to keep open, Bridleways, Footpaths on behalf of Shropshire County council. They also undertake other voluntary duties. Maintaining pool area's, grass cutting and general maintenance work.
Please note hedges facing into Bridleways plus footpaths, should not cause an obstruction. All cross field paths cleared of crops or obstructions.
2016 WAS THE YEAR OF FAST GROWTH, HEDGES, GRASS, BRACKEN. JUST KEEPING RIGHTS OF WAY OPEN WAS ALMOST A FULL TIME OCCUPATION.
2017 WORK ALREADY UNDER WAY. LOPPING TREES ON THE BRIDLEWAYS ALSO CLEARING WINTER STORM DAMAGE, PLUS GRASS CUTTING. WE ALSO HAVE A INCREASED DEMAND FOR KISSING GATES ON FOOTPATHS. THESE WE ARE DOING WITH LANDOWNERS OR TENANTS PERMISSION WHEN STILES BECOME TO DANGEROUS TO USE. WE DO REQUIRE A SMALL GROUP OF PEOPLE TO WAY MARK FOOTPATHS ETC'.
Free footpaths maps are available, contact this web site. We do have a small problem for during the winter period the definitive map on two big routes have been changed. New maps not yet covering the changes.
There are 5.500 km of rights of way in Shropshire, so it does mean to get help is a case of waiting. Nine people are full time for the council, plus like me unpaid volunteers never have a lot of spare time. In my case I carry out work on well used rights of way. Others are looked at once a year. If you find a stile or gate requires clearing, do not grumble or phone Shropshire c.c, take a pair of cutters and clear it.
FLY TIPPING IS A PROBLEM THAT INCREASED IN 2017. THIS MUST BE STOPPED FOR MANY REASONS SMASHED GLASS IS ONE OF THEM. IT WAS REMOVED BY SHROPSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL. WE WILL ALL PAY FOR THIS IN OUR ANNUAL RATE DEMAND.
THE AWARDS CEREMONY FOR EQUESTRIAN ACCESS WORK WAS HELD AT WEIR FARM, MONTFORD. ON THE 26th MAY 2017. FROM L TO R MRs ZIA ROBINS WHO CREATED THE LONG DISTANCE HUGH KYNASTON BRIDLEWAY ROUTE. Mr ADRIAN BRIGHT OF MONTFORD FARM WHO HAS IMPROVED ACCESS ON THE APPROACH TO SHRAWARDINE, MRs JOANNA STEPHENS OF WEIR FARM FOR ADDING A NEW EXTENSION TO THE BRIDLEWAY IN MONTFORD. CARL STANTON RECEIVING HIS CERTIFICATE FOR GENERAL ACCESS WORK ON BRIDLEWAY ROUTES. PRESENTING THE AWARDS Mr MARK WESTON ( DIRECTOR OF ACCESS FOR THE BRITISH HORSE SOCIETY)