Redcliffe Path Wins Awards

The redeveloped Redcliffe riverside path, with its three excellent interpretation boards, has won 'Best Small Conservation Area, Britain in Bloom' 2014, 2016 & 2017.

The first phase of the Trust’s project, the complete redevelopment of the path itself, was completed in the spring of 2013, but almost lost in the winter storms when the flood bank was badly eroded by exceptional flooding and severe gales. Only the hard work of the Trust and its volunteers saved the path and flood bank from total destruction.

The second phase, the installation of three information boards, was completed in early summer 2014, just in time to form part of the ‘Wareham in Bloom’ entry into Britain in Bloom. A more robust flood bank repair was completed by the Environment Agency in the autumn of 2014.

The photograph shows John Scott, Development Manager of the Trust, receiving the award from the Town Mayor of Wareham, Cllr. Mr Malcolm Russell, November 2017, at a special ceremony in the Town Hall.

John Scott, Development Manager

Wareham & District Development Trust

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PRESS RELEASE: New Riverside Path Opens

REDCLIFFE PATH: New Riverside Path Opens

One of Wareham’s most popular riverside walks, until recently nothing but a muddy track, has now been completely redeveloped and is already proving a great success in creating a better and safer route between the two communities of Wareham and Ridge, and also a greatly enhanced stretch of the ever popular Purbeck Way.

Wareham & District Development Trust, in partnership with the Environment Agency, Dorset County Council, Arne Parish Council, the landowner and Viridor Credits, have widened, levelled and completely resurfaced the path which runs along the south flood bank of the river Frome between Wareham South Bridge and Redcliffe.

John Scott, Development Manager for the Trust says ‘The improvement work will ensure this popular path is a greatly improved link between the two communities, usable by wheelchair and mobility scooter users, families with buggies and pushchairs, and assessable all year round’. He would also like to stress that it is a footpath and not a cycle way and that large and clear signage has been installed to get this message across.

The new path was officially opened on Monday 29th April at a gathering of all those involved. Pictured cutting the ribbon, from left to right, are John Scott, Wareham & District Development Trust; Michael Frenchman, Arne Parish Council; Caroline Macleod, Arne Parish Council.

John Scott
Development Manager
Wareham & District Development Trust
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