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New footbridges for walkers in Marden - on behalf of Balfour Beatty Living Places

Walkers exploring the picturesque countryside around Marden are able to keep their feet dry thanks to the hard work of the Herefordshire Ramblers and Balfour Beatty Living Places (BBLP).

A dedicated group of volunteers removed rotten plank structures spanning boggy ditches and installed two new robust, wooden footbridges.

Arthur Lee, area chairman of the Herefordshire Ramblers, said: “It was hard work to complete both bridges in a day but it was well worth it and now we have sound structures to enable walkers to enjoy this wonderful countryside.

“In these somewhat austere times, we must work together to maintain our extensive network of footpaths. Here, we identified the problem and set up a training day to carry out repairs which involved the Herefordshire Ramblers, Balfour Beatty and the Local Access Forum.”

BBLP’s Public Rights of Way team provided and delivered the materials, removed the debris and carried out site safety checks.

The county boasts more than 2,100 miles of footpaths, bridleways and byways which enable walkers to enjoy the natural beauty of the countryside.

Cllr Paul Rone, cabinet member for transport and roads, said: “This is a tremendous example of how volunteers can work successfully with the Council and BBLP.

“I’d like to thank all of the volunteers who are working so hard to keep the countryside open for walkers to enjoy.” 

Tags: Community and living, Highways and transportation, Leisure and culture