Oxfordshire Area Ramblers

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Blitz & Klean

Keen to make a practical difference to the footpaths in north-east Oxfordshire? If so, why not join members of our Ramblers Blitz and Klean path maintenance group? We clear overgrown footpaths with the aid of secateurs, loppers, rakes, bowsaws etc. There are jobs to suit everyone.

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Although centred on the Bicester and Kidlington area we also go further afield. You do not have to be associated with the Ramblers Bicester and Kidlington Group to work with us.

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In addition to rural footpaths we also clear vegetation on the tow-paths of the Oxford Canal, in conjunction with the Canal & River Trust.

Canal 1

We have over a dozen volunteers, though not all go on every task; each comes along when it suits them. Installation of gates is another thing that we do.

Gate installation

Our tasks are suggested either by Oxfordshire County Council’s Countryside Access Team (CAT), or by ourselves. Either way, CAT obtains permission from landowners for us to do the work. Our tools are provided by Ramblers.

Canal 2

Some of us have been trained to use a brush cutter, which we use to quickly clear dense scrub whilst others cut back overhanging vegetation with hand tools.

Brushcutter Mike

What we do is good exercise, friendly fun, and makes a difference. If you would like to know more, send me, Mike Sargeant, an email from within the Blitz and Klean ‘contacts’ page.

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Friday, September 22, 2017