Nidderdale Greenway cleaned by local volunteers
Last updated Jan 12, 2024
Volunteers out in force on the greenway. Image: Wheel Easy

A group of 26 volunteers cleared 1.3 miles of the Starbeck link of Nidderdale Greenway this week.

The clean-up took place on January 9 when volunteers cleaned leaves and sludge from the path, cut back overgrown vegetation and unblocked ditches from Starbeck through to Bilton Lane, almost as far as the Nidd Viaduct.

Several groups were involved in the community effort including the Harrogate branch of Sustrans, the charity that makes it easier for people to walk and cycle.

They are mainly cyclists from the Wheel Easy leisure cycling club which meets monthly to clear footpaths and cycleways around Harrogate. Members of the Starbeck Greenway Conservation Group also joined the clean-up on Tuesday.

Steve Wright, task day organiser for the Harrogate area of Sustrans, said:

“A lot of our helpers are cyclists but we have support from all over the area and from local businesses who allow time off to support charitable causes.

“At the moment we go out once a month to clear cycleways around Harrogate — particularly the greenway which can get overgrown and sludgy from fallen leaves. This is something that the council do not do.

“It’s very rewarding to have the large turnout of 26 people who joined us last Tuesday. We got so much done and were able to help the Starbeck Greenway Conservation Group.”

A stretch of the cleared greenway. Image: Wheel Easy Harrogate

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