R E A C T

REACT -  Ramblers Environmental Action Clearance Team


REACT is a team of Rambler volunteers who work in partnership with Cornwall Council and Cormac Solutions (Cornwall Council 's civil engineering delivery partner) to keep Cornwall's paths open.

A REACT work day is scheduled for each month, and occasionally extra days are worked so our planned programme of work is fully delivered.

Volunteering with REACT

New volunteers are always most welcome and as we work throughout the county  we  try hard to ensure every area receives some attention. Any amount of time you can give is most welcome Volunteers Path Clearing Paul No 31 - 2017and there is nearly always a choice of activity from vegetation clearance to constructing new stiles, gates and bridges. It is social and rewarding work, and there is quiet  satisfaction in seeing a newly reopened path for others to use. Our future REACT days are listed on website under Events. (See Green panel of Cornwall Our Events on the HomePage)

 A Brief History

Although many Ramblers Areas and Groups have path clearance teams, in Cornwall the highly successful REACT partnership was born from necessary, and is probably unusual in the scale and complexity of the work undertaken.

In 2011, due to budget cuts and limited local government funding the Cornwall Ramblers, in partnership with the Countryside Access Team Enforcement, set up the Ramblers Environmental Action Clearance Team known  as REACT. This was specifically to help landowners and the Council on paths where enforcement action was taking place.  REACT volunteers work alongside the Cornwall Council's Enforcement Team and Cormac staff.

At the start of 2017 the estimated value of this work on opening up the Public Rights network was  £250,000. 

REACT has erected bridges, stiles, kissing gates, steps and cleared miles of vegetation. REACT has attracted funding from organisations such as HF Holidays as well as putting in their own funding for materials.

Bridge construction in Quethiock Parish  2017

In  2016 working on a nominal  ONE day a month basis, REACT contributed  523 hours of work which resulted in restoring 15 paths in total , and an estimated saving to the Council in the region of  £15,624.  

Please see our Completed Projects for detail of our completed projects.

REACT was started under former Area Chairman Graham Ronan's leadership.  Today  the REACT team is lead by Robert Fraser, Cornwall's Area Rights of Way Officer.

The work programme is decided jointly between the Ramblers and Cornwall's Senior Enforcement Officer, Linda Holloway. However the REACT days are only the tip of the ice berg; behind each delivered project is normally several months of planning and preparation including negotiation and discussions with landowners, onsite inspections, design and specification, materials procurement and delivery to site. And if on the actual REACT work day it rains; well  that's just too bad!

Next R E A C T Day

  • Next REACT days See Our Events  panel on the side menu of this page.
  • REACT Projects past and present; see the REACT  subpages.
  • See REACT's and other Ramblers path successes here

Further Information

 

Please contact our REACT Co-ordinator Robert Fraser:

robertfraser@robertfraser.plus.com  

tel 01326375459