The Silver Slashers path maintenance team's most ambitious project to date – installing a boardwalk in the Cors Bordeilio wetland in Anglesey – was officially opened by Sarah Rochira, Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, on Friday 14 June.
Funding for the project was a joint effort between the Ynys Môn Ramblers – which the Silver Slashers footpath group is part of – and Isle of Anglesey County Council with Arwel Evans, Principal Footpath Officer and Gavin Foulkes, Footpath Officer, working with Huw Percy, Head of Corporate Services at the Council.
Ynys Môn Ramblers also worked with the Council to get the relevant permissions to carry out work on the boardwalk and source and deliver materials and tools, which were carried to and from the site for the 26 weekly visits it took to complete the project.
The Silver Slashers have been working with the Council's footpath section for the last seven years and so far have opened 41km of previously blocked public footpaths. They’ve cleared overgrowth, replaced broken stiles and kissing gates, installed boardwalks to make very wet paths walkable and way marked the correct route so walkers don’t get lost!
The boardwalk is located in the ancient Cors Bodeilio wetland, a nature reserve designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), and has been part of a European Union funded Wetland Regeneration Project, managed by Natural Resources Wales.
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.