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Direct Action on Overgrown Footpaths – Cutting Machine Trials


Norfolk Ramblers have in recent years given money to the local council to assist with clearing footpaths, along with cutting back some overgrown areas ourselves.

This year we’re planning to do even more work to help keep paths in the county open and to do this we’re looking to buy new equipment to help us. We’re trialling a new cutting machine which is larger than we’ve used before and we started our trials this week in Dereham.

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Peter, who has led much of the work building up to this trial, is seen in the above photo ploughing through some of the overgrown footpath. The path has become quite muddy as members of the public were forced to walk in a smaller area so widening it makes it easier for future walkers.

Dereham 18fp.2016.03.02.Peter about to mulch holly & bramble trimmings.DSCN4821

Even holly and brambles were no match for Peter!

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Peter led the way as our other volunteers also helped clear the path using more traditional gardening implements.

The before and after photos below show the change which the volunteer team made to the path:

Dereham 18-17


Dereham 18-21


The trial went well and it is hoped that other Ramblers groups in the county will want to use the equipment throughout the year. Anyone interested in getting involved with the project can contact Peter at pdjames.ramb@ntlworld.com.