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Sustrans Workday: Chester to Connah's Quay Path

Volunteers needed to help tidy up local cycling and walking path

Get your hands dirty for a good cause and join sustainable transport charity, Sustrans, to tidy up a section of the popular traffic-free Chester to Connah's Quay Railway Path, part of National Cycle Network Route 5. A workday has been organised on Wednesday 22nd November to give a section of the route near Green Lane Farm, Sealand, a make-over and in particular protect the drains from invasive species such as Dwarf Willow.

The path is a great traffic-free link from the heart of Chester through Blacon, Sealand, Saughall, Queensferry, Shotton to Connah's Quay and is popular with walkers, cyclists and wheelchair users. Local volunteer Rangers, who help look after National Cycle Network routes in the area, will be leading the clean-up operation on the path and will be on hand to chat to anyone who is interested in becoming a Ranger and volunteering with Sustrans on a regular basis.

Sustrans Rangers at a recent Saturday workshop at Connahs Quay.

Their work is always interesting - and you meet such nice people !

Before getting down to business they went for spin down the new cycle path along the banks of the River Dee.

The workday gets off to a flying start with volunteers meeting at Chester Railway Station at 10am for a mass bike ride along National Cycle Network Route 5 to the site near Green Lane Farm. Helpers not taking part in the ride are invited to meet at 10.30am on the lane between Saughall village and Sealand, where it crosses the railway path.

Over 2,000 volunteer Rangers help to look after sections of the National Cycle Network throughout the UK by litter picking, improving signs, cleaning graffiti and cutting back vegetation. Rangers also play an essential role in promoting Sustrans and the National Cycle Network, helping to encourage more people to walk and cycle. M/f

Mike Dagley, Sustrans Volunteer Ranger Co-ordinator for the North of England, said; "We recently held a training and recruitment day for Rangers in the Connah's Quay area and we signed up three new recruits so we know that people are passionate about looking after their local paths. Workdays are a fun way to involve the community in improving their local environment and also highlight the cycling and walking routes on their doorstep. I hope by joining in and getting their hands dirty, alongside our local Rangers, people will think about how important it is to keep these routes tidy and attractive.

We're always looking to recruit more volunteer Rangers, particularly in the Chester - Deeside area as the network is growing, so come along, join in and find out more about our volunteering programme - any time you can give is appreciated."

Sustrans would like to thank local group Friends of the Chester Millennium Greenway for their support with maintenance work and promotion of the route.

Further information about Sustrans, including other news releases and detailed online route mapping, is available through our website: www.sustrans.org.uk

For further information please contact: Ruth Bowen in the Press Office on 0117 915 0109 (Direct Line) Telephone: 0117 927 7555; Fax: 0117 930 4149; E-mail: press@sustrans.org.uk. Out of office hours mobile: 07802 986728 Photo Librarian - Jonathan Bewley 0117 915 0120 ISDN line available for radio interviews.

NOTES

Sustrans is the UK's leading sustainable transport charity. Its vision is a world in which people choose to travel in ways that benefit their health and the environment. It is achieving this through innovative but practical solutions to the UK's transport challenges.

Sustrans is the charity behind the National Cycle Network, Safe Routes to Schools and many other projects that deliver lasting changes in people's travel behaviour.

In September 2005 the National Cycle Network celebrated its first ten years and ten thousand miles. The Network now runs within one mile of over half the UK population and, in 2005, was used for 232 million trips.

There are over 2,000 Rangers helping to look after the National Cycle Network. 65% of Rangers are working in 150 groups, which are each co-ordinated by a volunteer Liaison Ranger. Our aim is to have most Rangers working together in this way so that they can benefit from each other's experience and skills.

Nine local authorities contribute funding to the Ranger programme (Devon, Cornwall, North Tyneside, Stoke-on Trent, Northumberland, Gateshead, Pembrokeshire, Powys and Essex) and have formed partnerships with their local Ranger groups resulting in improved co-ordination.