Brechfa Forest, Carmarthenshire

    After various meetings, this was the first approved Green Lane Association signage project in Carmarthenshire. The Green Lane Association Area Reps carried out surveys in advance to ensure legality and route status, then set up a partnership working agreement in conjunction with the Countryside Department.

    The Green Lane Association & Treadlightly volunteers agreed to carry out waymarking along the main well established routes in the forest area to ensure all intersections were clearly identified to all users. Due to the length of the routes this was done using several small teams of volunteers, with posts supplied by Carmarthenshire CC and Green Lane Association funded signage.

    Cherhill Byways and Bridleways, Wiltshire

    The local parish have a large percentage of byways which are well used and a small selection of other rights of way which were poorly signed and with dilapidated stiles and gates.

    The first part of the project was helping waymark, erecting a couple of bridleway signs and removing foliage around several existing signs. We have also been involved with Parish Council rights of way meetings about how they can improve access for all.

    Working with local parishes goes a long way to proving that we do care about the countryside and other users access, and that we are willing to put time and effort in to help with that. We also can provide transport and trailers to assist with projects.

    Gate replacement, Wayfarer

    Fix damage done by a less responsible group of 4x4 drivers. A replacement gate was sourced via word of mouth. The old post needed removing, new post slotting in, fix new hinges and hang gate. Job done!

    Blanchland Moor, Northumberland

    Working in partnership with the local land management organisations to position information signs. The main the aim to discourage off-piste driving and riding on land adjacent to the byway across Blanchland moor, Northumberland. Following meetings with the local gamekeeper we obtained his support to supply and install these signs. We also liaised with local Police and offered our full support in tackling this illegal activity. Together with the gamekeeper we will monitor the situation to gauge the effectiveness of the signs. Whilst on site our member, who is also a volunteer with 4x4 Response North East, assisted the with identification of a landing site for the North East Air Ambulance.

    Tilberthwaite, Lake District

    Some large drystone walls were in danger of falling, potentially closing the route to all users. The National Trust needed £18,000 to fix. The TRF started a crowd funding campaign to raise the cash, and the Green Lane Association topped up the fund to reach the total by donating £1,500. The foundations and finished work can be seen on this page.

    Drainage and repairs to CR127

    Powys planned to carry out repairs to CR127 (Llandrindod Wells) but the lane was too wet for the plant and machinery to move in. So it was agreed volunteers would hand dig the necessary drainage trenches to get the water off the lane and begin the drainage of two large bogs which had made the lane unusable in the winter. 12 volunteers from the Green Lane Association and TRF turned out on a wonderful sunny day and dug trenches and grips to drain as much water away before contractors moved in to start grading. Over 4,000 tons of stone was used to make good the surface. The completed works raised the lane above the two bogs and brought a previously unusable lane back into use by all from walkers to vehicles.

    Strata Florida & Soar Y Mynydd, Ceredigion

    After various meetings, this was the first approved Green Lane Association signage project in Ceredigion. The Green Lane Association Area Reps carried out surveys in advance to ensure legality and route status, then set up a partnership working agreement in conjunction with the Highways Department.

    The Green Lane Association agreed to carry out waymarking along this well known UCR (Unclassified County Road) (part byway in Powys) to ensure all intersections were clearly identified to all users, similarly for the UCR at Soar Y Mynydd nearby. Due to the length of the routes this was done using several small teams of volunteers, with posts supplied by Powys CC, and Ceredigion CC funded signage.

    Roman Road, Trecastle

    Volunteers from the Green Lane Association and the TRF, split into three teams, working with representatives from BBNP, Carmarthenshire Council and the local farmer to erect 15 Waymarking posts.

    A hand auger was used to make the job easier when working in soil. With ground nesting birds in the area, short posts were used to stop raptors using normal height posts for spotting their prey! Our thanks to Llanerchindda Farm for organising the day. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Newlands Lane, Wiltshire

    The highway authority had no budget to maintain the lane, so permission was given to open up the lane and cut back the overgrowth to allow the sun to dry out the wet sections. Additionally, at the lowest point, the drainage ditches had become blocked, so these needed clearing out. Opening up blocked sections of the culvert and clearing out silted up sections of the ditches helped water to flow again. Rubble was used to fill in the very soft section, mainly silt run off from the hill behind. The result improved access for all users.

    Bulford 7 lane clearance, Wiltshire

    The aim was to clear back the byway to allow light to get in and dry out the lane. Also we were asked to cut back hard to give walkers a ledge to walk on so that they weren’t in the ruts. Run over two days, this project saw us clear a mile of green road using hand tools only. Permission was given from Wiltshire Country Council and the landowner, in this case, the MOD.

    The project involved 25 people split into three teams – one at either end, and one in the middle. We also drained a short waterlogged section by digging two grips. The result is now the local parish have the opportunity to walk the lane without negotiating ruts

    Police/Treadlightly Police Operation Strata and Trefil Quarry

    Following waymarking of the iconic route ‘Strata Florida’ by  Green Lane Association volunteers in conjunction with Ceredigion and Powys County Council, a joint operation was set up with Dyfed-Powys Police and Green Lane Association volunteers.

    Volunteers vehicles were used to avoid the obvious presence of the Police on the ground plus the Police helicopter. In addition an officer from Kent Police was present as an observer of the methods being used in Mid Wales to overcome illegal offroading.

    On Strata, the operation was highly successful. Several non road legal motor bikes and a non road legal 4x4 were apprehended after a group were found camping for the weekend in the forest without permission! Trefil Quarry was problematic with the sheer amount of open land making it difficult to catch offenders on motor bikes without number plates, even with a helicopter. It helped develop alternative tactics for future operations.

    Burledge Lane, Bath and North East Somerset

    The council wanted to permanently TRO (Traffic Regulation Order) a Byway because illegal off roaders were damaging the surrounding land and an ancient monument. Negotiations with the Council, Police and other users on site managed to achieve three open weekends a year written into the TRO. Result: We created a more flexible TRO, although this could have been avoided altogether if selfish individuals hadn’t had acted illegally and driven off the highway.

    You can find out when the open days are here:

    https://www.bathnes.gov.uk/services/streets-and-highway-maintenance/public-rights-way/public-path-orders/traffic-regulation