on the button Issue 46 - Page 10

Arlesey Conservation fOR Nature – ACORN Caring for the Local Countryside since 1992 ACORN’S Achievements Much of what ACORN has been involved with over the years has its roots in the early partnerships mentioned in April’s “on the button”. That combination of enthusiastic volunteers and organisers, advised and supported by experts, with funding from local authorities and national grant schemes, has produced impressive results over the years. This article describes some of the highlights. Footpath Improvements and Walks Leaflets Encouraged by Central Beds’ Rights of Way team and the new Parish Paths Partnership, the local footpath network was steadily improved through the 1990’s. Overgrown sections were cleared and old fashioned styles replaced by “kissing gates”. The footpath that runs past Green Farm east towards Fairfield had almost disappeared, and its re-opening in 1996 (after much hard work) was celebrated by a sponsored walk raising £1,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital. The next major project was creating an easy access footpath from Mill Lane to the Mill Pit Meadows. The group also raised enough money, via grants, to be able to replace the narrow concrete bridges over the river and the ditch. With a footpath network to be proud of, the group was keen to encourage local residents and visitors to explore the countryside around the village, and so a series of 8 circular walks were identified. Funds were raised, maps designed, directions checked out, and illustrations drawn by local artist Chris White and ACORN supporter Lilian Billows (sadly no longer with us). \HX\]HY[[[Y]^ܙY[Hۈ[H[\]KX[H\[قH[XY]]HY[\X]Yݙ\HYX\[H\[HYY\]K[[\[ۘHYZ[]ۘ\HH]HHUH[™܈]ۘ\H8$[\X\YB]و]ۘ\H [[ۈBML ][H\\[\Hو\\^K]\œXۚ\Y]Y][ۘ[\Z[][YYۈBX[\Y]Hوܛ\[\XHX]\[[Y\H[و܈YX\ˈHUB[]\YX][ۈ[YHY\Y[X\[ݚYB[Y][ۘ[[XYY\[YHX[K[ٙ\Y[[™[\YHX[وHۘ\ Yܙ\H[H[[ \]\[H\\[]\HYܙ\H\H[[[ۜ][ۈڙX ܚ[][\Y\]H[YY[\XY ^\Hܘ[Y[[]\]H ܘZ[H[ K[PԓHڙX[YYݚ\[ۈوXXX\[Pԓ[Y\ܚYX\[XZ[Z[]YBX]\[[ [[[Y]\[\X[\ˈH\ٙXX[H[Y[[H NNNKH[Y[]ۘ\H\XYHHۙ\[B]\H[\ۛY[܈[YK\]H]ܚY[\[\HH\ܛ HܚY[[ڙX\[]\K[\H[B[ܙHX]H\[[[H^\XK\\^HXHYXY•HYXYYH[H\\]Y[HXZ[X\\Z[^H[H]\^\H\وHZ[^H][ۋLۈH]ۈ\YH [H M M  HܚY[وHYXY[HXYXH L][\H[^H\H\و[[Y[H[[HX^HHX[܂و\\^H\KH[\]\\Y]\&\\ X\Z[HH[ۚوHX^H\[ LN HHXBYX[8'[[HH\\Y\\\و\[YXx'H œݚYHH\Hو[YJK[X[[Y\H[\\Y܂ܘ^[ܜ\ˈH][وHY\ܝ\YXY\YBY\\H\[و[ Y[ [H]\YXY]Z[]™[\\\X\Y[X\وPԓYXۚ\YH[X[وH[\B[XXHܙY[XH܈H[Y]و[YH[H[][]KH[]]\H\\HH]وHYXY\œ\\YHH[YH\X[H NM[H\X\[\[Y[XX\[[ NNNH\H\[ܝ[]B\\HH[ [\[[Z\[[\^K۝X][ۜ[YY0L ܈HX[HوPԓ[Y\˜\H]YH^Z[܈H]][ܝ[ [H[›وH[ۙ^H[YHHH[[^ܙY]ܘ[[HZYY[[[][]H[ܘ[ \[&]]H\[Y]][[ۜ][ۙ[[[[\ܝ HYXY\H[HH[YH\ [X[YY[HH \\^Hۈ[[ [PԓHY[[[\\]^H[H\YH܈]\H[\][ۜ˂HXH^B[\ۙZ[\\][ۈ܈Hܛ\\™\X\H[H]\^[H^HB][\H]و\ۈ[YKY][XYܙ[\\^H[[][H]\][HX\و[ܘ[KH^\ۙHوHX[[X\و[XYX[\[H[K[ݚY\˜[[\ܝ[[YHܜY܋\H\H[\ܚX[Xܙ[š][YH^ۈ[H]]Z[]Bܝ8$HHXHY\HHXH]Y[][HYXH\\H^\[]\\\XKX\[]][&][^\HXH[[ۙYHH]\]B\\^H[ HX]Z\][ۈوXHYXYYX[]H]\[HY[H^Hۈ\\^H[[ۈ8$]B^\[ۈوۙHܝ[]Y[H[][HZ[]˂H\Y\]H[YH[[[HܛHوXXX\][H\H\ H]ۙ\YܙYYH\Z\]H][][ݚYY[[Y\]X\K\H\[HڙX[\[ݙHܝ\ HX[H\][XH[YH\\[]]\HH\[][]Y\[[Y\ˈH]H\YܙYY [YB\ܘY\Y\][\^K^YY[œ[XY܈HXY] [HXX[\[\8'^HX\'H\\YۙY[H^H[ۙH]KX\\H[[[Y[X\˜]]H[[ۙH]KHۜX[ۈوH][Z[^B'[ݙ\'H]\YYH\Z[]H؛[\\]Z\[H]\[ۈ˜HYYHXYܙ][X[ۋ]][X[H]\][\[XK[HٙXX[[[X\YHH\[[۞H]][[[YHZ\X]\[[Yۚ]\Y\ܙ ]Y[[•Z[[[[\[H] [ۘ\[ۂۙHوHXݙH[]HY[XY]Y]]H\ܝ[[[Y[وX[Hܙ[\][ۜ[ܛ\][و[BY[X\\وPԓ\[\[ ]XX[[[ٙYH܈\[\][ۈۈXZ[\HH]\XY ^[YHH[HPԓܞH\]KX]\[YBوH\[ڙX[\^K[[H]\KPԓ[ZH[]H[H[\\ܝH[[\ܛ\[[[X\[YK[]\]H[ܙY[\\\][Y[XZ]H\]]\˂[X[Y[X\\YH\0܈[]YX[܈0͈܈[Z[Y\‘[XZ[Xܛ\\^Pܛ B܈\]HPԓXXYN\\^Hۜ\][ۈ܈]\B΋˙XX˘Kܛ\͌ML L K‚]P۝X]ۘ\\^K˝Z˛ۋ]KX]ۋ˝Z‚