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CPRE sponsored fun walk on 26/3 in Leominster- hope you can support!

Sunday, 26th March in Leominster, starting at 10am. We will be walking 10 circuits around Leominster’s historic Grange, on a flat tarmac surface, which is suitable for families, buggies and wheelchairs.


Please let your members know about this CPRE  walk for the citizen science river testing programme on Sunday week -

The Wye & the Lugg, two of England’s finest and most protected rivers, are under threat from pollution. 


So please join Herefordshire CPRE on an inclusive fun sponsored walk with a difference on Sunday, 26th March in Leominster, starting at 10am. 


Our walk is accessible for all and will pose no problems, whatever the weather. We will be walking 10 circuits around Leominster’s historic Grange, on a flat tarmac surface, which is suitable for families, buggies and wheelchairs.


Entertainment will be provided by Sunshine Radio and by those participants choosing to wear fancy dress. The pavilion café will be open for refreshments. Plus you can chat to other participants as your go round.


We’d love to see you! Please register to take part on the Herefordshire CPRE website or email volunteer@cpreherefordshire.org.uk 


Our walk will raise money for CPRE‘s  Herefordshire Citizen Science programme, committed to bringing the rivers back to good ecological health. Around 500 volunteers are helping water sample brooks and streams to find sources of pollution. To do so they need testing kits, which they use on a weekly basis. The pollution is not just sewage - in Herefordshire around 70% comes from agriculture which is harder to track down. All our data feeds directly into the Environment Agency and helps them in their fight against pollution.

 

The testing kit we need is expensive so we have organised this 5km sponsored walk to raise funds. Many of our Citizen Scientists will be walking to raise funds. 


If you can’t take part you can still donate for this worthy cause at Just Giving: search for Save Our River Herefordshire CPRE.  

 

It is an extremely accessible event around the Grange in Leominster, which will be enlivened by optional fancy dress, the pavilion café, sunshine, radio, and the other participants.

It would be lovely to have people from other local walking groups taking part to support our rivers - I know your members strongly value the natural world. There will also be informal opportunities to spread the word about your group as we all walk round! 

Any spreading the word meanwhile on social media or email would be most welcome. If I can help in any way with more information, please do contact me. 

It’s free to register for the walk via  volunteer@cpreherefordshire.org.uk : obviously the plan is that people taking part will also get some sponsorship. 




What is happening to our rights of way & footpaths?


Our local rights of way are becoming less accessible.  Herefordshire Council is not fulfilling its Statutory Duty to take action to ensure landowners keep  rights of way open.  Footpaths, bridleways and bridges are not being adequately maintained.

People representing local walking and riding groups, on the Herefordshire Local Access Forum, say the Council should work more supportively and cohesively with all the local Parish Councils and Landowners to address this problem. 

Join the campaign  and ask the Council to make enough provision in the 2023 -24 budget to make essential improvements to our local rights of way and to enforce the law.   See:


https://www.facebook.com/wordonstoneystreet/