Last Friday (11 January) Benedict Southworth, Ramblers Chief Executive, visited Anglesey’s ‘Silver Slashers’ to celebrate the opening of a new boardwalk and see firsthand their dedicated work to keep the countryside open for walkers.
The Ynys Môn Ramblers are not only very active walkers, they are also very keen to protect and improve the fabulous walking routes around Anglesey. Over the last 5 years the ‘Silver Slashers’ – nicknamed because of their age and their work to clear back overgrown paths - have worked hard to open up 25 miles of path, install 181 gates and stiles, build 61 bridges and put in places over 246 signs to mark the way for walkers.
One of their latest projects was to install a new boardwalk along Cors Bodeilio marsh in a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) currently being restored by Countryside Council for Wales (CCW). The fantastic new fully recycled boardwalk will require very little maintenance and will be available for visitors to enjoy for many years to come thanks to their hard work. The Silver Slashers volunteers have worked in partnership with Isle of Anglesey County Council footpath team to improve access to this wonderful National Nature Reserve.
Benedict Southworth, Ramblers Chief Executive along with Roger Thomas, Chief Executive of CCW visited the site of the Cors Bodeilio boardwalk on Friday 11 January to celebrate it’s opening with the Silver Slashers and commemorate the volunteer’s hard work.
Improving access to our magnificent Welsh Countryside is an important part of our work and we wouldn’t be able to achieve this without our dedicated and talented volunteers. Our footpath teams across Wales and GB do great work and support the work of many Local Authorities and other partners.