Walkers using the footpath (Dereham Footpath 14a) from Stone Road in
Toftwood through to Scarning Fen and on into Dereham have for many years
benefited from a boardwalk laid along the path. To prevent slipping
(wet wood can be very slippery), wire netting had been laid over the
top, but it had been noticed recently that the netting on the
northernmost 50 metres had disintegrated, exposing the bare wood again,
and presenting a tripping hazard in its own right.
So, on a fine but frosty day, two of our members joined up with Peter
James from Norfolk Ramblers
to replace it. Peter was geared up with generator, compressor and staple
gun: once this had been carried on site (a small job in itself), Ken and
Catherine Hawkins scraped off the old wire netting - and the frozen on
leaves - and Peter followed up installing the new wire mesh.
It was gratifying that a number of people using the path stopped by
to say ‘thank you’ for the work being done. Four hours on, the mesh was
down and ready for use.
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