RE:ImagineKernow

 

Foot Path Project

 

An Update from Jenny Hart

 

Re-Imagine Kernow – Footpath Project Report

 

This joint project between Re-Imagine Kernow, St Neot Parish Council, and Cornwall Council is making good progress despite the weather and Covid, and the volunteers who have done most of the work have been brilliant.  Our thanks to them all.  There are a few reports remaining to come in, and a few footpaths which need a bit more sorting out, and some involvement of the landowners.

Both Parish Council and Cornwall Council are helping and supporting this project – and community support has been fantastic.  26 volunteers have walked these routes either with a friend, partner, or family.  Some of them have done 3 or 4.   (there are 46 paths in St Neot!) – and 40  surveys have been completed, to go forward to the next stage. Others in the community have come forward to highlight further paths which may become ‘Permissive’ paths, and others again have offered to help with drawing up a summary of the final outcomes.  

 

So on the whole – brilliant progress.

 

It is obvious I think to us all, that there are more walkers, cyclists, and horse-riders about – all the more reason to get this project completed.  With hints of spring in the air, the numbers of people about will only increase.  Yesterday I spotted a couple sitting on the bridge down at Trenant, eating their picnic lunch – I thought it was a lovely sight – enjoyment of the wonderful environment in which we are lucky to live.

 

I was glad to get a reply from a government employee about the future Environmental Land  (ELM) plan for the farming industry,which will replace  the Single Farm Payment.

 I quote –

“In the Agricultural Transition Plan you will see that through the Environmental Land Management plan, government will incentivise farmers and other land managers to deliver public goods.  Six public goods are listed.  Public access is an important part of the last public good on the list: enhanced engagement with the environment. “

 

So it is clear that there needs to be a partnership between all land users – whether it is those who own and work the land, and earn their living from it, and those who move about enjoying the freedom they get from access.

 

The landowners need to make the public welcome, and help them to enjoy the land in a responsible way – the public need to know exactly where they can and cannot go, and how to conduct themselves with regard to gates, dogs, etc.

 

The public need to understand and respect their impact on the landowners endeavours, and work with them.  Closing gates, and keeping dogs and horses under control is very important.  Further to that is the management of dog faeces.  This ‘poo’ , if left lying about, can spread parasites to other animals, two of which are Neospora and Coccidiosis.  These parasites can cause abortion, disease and possible death in other animals.  And one death, or abortion, can cost a farmer anything from £100 to £1000. As you can see tidying up poo is not just a cosmetic exercise – it is a matter of people’s livelihood.

So ‘bag it and bin it’ is the saying.  Bagging it and leaving it lying or hanging about is the worst option. Bag it and dispose of it at home.  And – if you cannot bag it for some reason, then move it aside, into the brambles, or hedgerow, and leave the insects to deal with it.  

Best wishes to everyone – Jenny

 

 

Message from Jenny and Nick Hart

 

We are now coordinating a project on behalf of the Parish Council, and Cornwall Council.  It is to survey all the footpaths and bridleways in the parish and create a report. We then need to get them all up to a good standard and get a book together detailing them.
 
We are doing it under the auspices of Re-Imagine Kernow and another member is doing the same in Warleggan.  But while they only have 9 paths, we in St Neot have 46 - so we need volunteers to help!
 
We are working with walkers and landowners in identifying all our paths, surveying their condition, and finding ways to make them safe for all users - farmers, riders, walkers - and wildlife - alike.  Would you be a volunteer for this survey?
 
You may already have seen this on the Village Facebook and already volunteered,  we will be following up on that in short order. If not then please give it consideration, help is needed in order to survey these paths.
 

We have been very encouraged by the official response from Cornwall Council and our own Parish Council and we look forward to working collectively to achieve our stated aim of opening every footpath and bridleway in our parish.

 

If you would like to volunteer to survey the condition of your favourite walks, please contact Jenny Hart, who has been designated footpath co-ordinator, on this email: nickandjennyhart@hotmail.co.uk

 

It is really important to walk only those paths that are clearly identified as rights of way, but to note any anomalies that you become aware of. Respect for the country code should be the highest priority in this sensitive agricultural and habitat-rich environment.

 

Stay safe, stay healthy, walk well!

 

Jenny and Nick Hart for RE:ImagineKernow