The Paths Group are holding another work party this coming weekend on Saturday 4th and/ or Sunday 5th September. We will focus on two areas: clearing the Hedges Path and strimming and cutting back of overgrowth on the North Common.
Meet at Gray’s Loan on Saturday at 11am and Sunday at 2pm.
Please bring strimmers or secateurs, shovels, etc. If you don’t have tools they can be borrowed or you could still help by clearing cut materials.
Please make sure you wear suitable clothing, e.g. thick gloves, long sleeves and trousers, stout shoes. Don’t forget sun cream, insect repellent and fluids (maybe being too optimistic?).
Over the winter volunteers from the Thornhill Paths Group have been repairing stiles and strimming back overgrown areas along the route to make it safer and easier to negotiate. They are now looking for the path to be walked regularly to keep it open, so get your boots on!
The Muir Dam Path starts in the village behind the Church, follows the Cesintully Burn, passes through Nellie’s Glen and over Boquhapple Ridge to reach the dam. It is approximately 3km one way (6km there and back). There are lovely views on the way up and just think of the workout you’ll have going over the stiles!
The ground is rough and can be wet so stout footwear is advised. As always in the countryside please respect the farmers’ crops and keep dogs on leads when sheep or cows are around.
Volunteers from the Paths Group have begun work to repair the stiles on the path leading up to the Muir Dam. The wood was purchased from Doune Woodyard using a grant provided by Stirling Council. Labour and tools supplied by the volunteers- great work! Thank you.
The Paths Group has not reported to you since the April/May edition of Thornhill Views. As you will appreciate, progress has been somewhat hampered by a certain virus. That said, the team of enthusiastic volunteers have done what they can towards improving our network of village paths – such a valuable asset, particularly during lockdown.
The group successfully applied for a Paths for All grant of £1,500 to improve a section of path on the northern boundary of North Common. They have until February to complete the work. In July, a number of the volunteers collectively spent 9 hours clearing overgrown Gorse and Broom from another section of North Common and enjoyed a welcome, socially-distanced blether! It is worth taking a walk around North Common and maybe sit on one of the benches and just enjoy the peace.
Speaking of benches, on behalf of the village, we extend our thanks to Paths Group member Alison Lawrance. Thornhill Community Trust paid for the materials and Alison kindly put in the work to re-paint the bench at the Viewpoint.
We have heard that the path from the new houses on the Aberfoyle Road into the village has certainly not been forgotten and we look forward to it being constructed in the coming months.
Group member Alison Wallis attended two webinars on the subject of COVID-19 safety for path works volunteers. The Group will take the lessons from those webinars into its planning of future work, taking all reasonable steps to minimise risk and permit some pieces of work to go ahead safely. In September and October, some members will also attend Paths for All training webinars, which are being run to assist volunteers.
Understandably, the Group has not achieved as much as it would have liked this summer but are certainly still full of enthusiasm and look forward to making gradual progress and enjoying one another’s support and company, virtual or otherwise. Please consider lending a hand – you can contact me on 01786 850528 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
You may have noticed some people wandering round the village today with wheelbarrows and spades. Don’t worry, it’s not another garden makeover programme, it’s just the Path’s Group starting work on a couple of paths- the one which runs up the side of the Lion and Unicorn and the ‘Hedges’ path at the viewpoint.
We are a group of local volunteers who hope to make the village paths more usable and accessible at all times of the year. The work done today at the Viewpoint has already made a huge improvement. If you would like to join this group please contact email@example.com