At a time of acute pressure on local government budgets, there is a growing role for community volunteers to assist in keeping their areas tidy and improving the environment. This has been particularly apparent in this 50th anniversary year for Milton Keynes; increasingly it is local people and groups such as the Two Mile Ash Environmental Group (TMAEG) which are setting the benchmarks. This was the key message delivered by the Mayor of Milton Keynes , Councillor David Hopkins who was guest of honour at TMAEG’s Sixth Year Celebration and AGM on Saturday 16th September.
That event provided the launch pad for a major new project spearheaded by TMAEG – a walking circuit that would open up Parks Trust land on the southwestern edge of Two Mile Ash for community use. As described in TMAEG’s background report , the proposals involve a combination of woodland paths to be constructed by TMAEG and other volunteers and a footbridge that would span a steep side stream, thereby connecting two sections of ‘green ride’ land and forming a key part of the circuit.
TMAEG foresees a combination of benefits. First, there would be proper access to a fine Norway Maple wood planted some 40 years ago, with the added attraction in spring of the fine swathes of english bluebells that have become established there.
Secondly there would be the benefits to our health and well being that would arise from the enhanced local opportunies for walking. A recent campaign by Public Health England advocates a brisk ten minute walk every day – this is actually the time that it would take to complete this half mile walking circuit. Third, the circuit has been designed to connect to other walking routes within Two Mile Ash, expanding the range of walks available and the scope for a regular stroll.
The walking circuit has been put forward as an MK50 associated project, although it is expected to be realised in 2018. That realisation would be dependent upon planning approval and consent from the water authority (the Internal Drainage Board) and subsequent funding through sponsorship. Prior to this, TMAEG plans a period of local consultation.
Consultation – Comments please by e mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 16 October.