The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) York branch has recently installed a new footpath along the riverside in Boston Spa. Using the hard work of dedicated volunteers and valued support from Boston Spa Parish Council, Wates Group and Travis Perkins there is now much improved access for many to enjoy the beautiful green space. What was once a muddy, eroding pathway is now a sturdy footpath with passing places for pushchair or wheelchair users, ready to be used by the community all year round.
Walks along the River Wharfe are extremely popular, meaning the pathways are well-loved and well-trodden. In the winter months the route along the river can become difficult to use, especially for people with limited mobility. Installation of a timber and compacted stone path has been very well received by local residents, improving year-round access to the popular route.
The project was initiated and funded by Boston Spa Parish Council to improve access and delivered by TCV York with the help of volunteers from the local community, Wates Group, Good Gym and students from Leeds College of Building. Additional valued support came from Wates Group which contributed funds and staff time to help deliver the project. Travis Perkins also kindly donated some timber. Both Boston Spa Parish Council and Wates were also involved in promoting delivery days to draw in support from local volunteers including members of the Boston Spa Green Group. St Mary’s Church generously provided facilities for volunteers to use during the creation of the path, offering toilets and space to eat lunch in bad weather.
Keith Blake, Chair of Boston Spa Parish Council said: “The new section of footpath has made access from the bridge to the weir more user friendly for all as well as providing an all weather path. Following the recent floods the footpath has stood up very well to being flooded which is an added bonus. The Parish Council thanks all involved in this project.
Jo Brehaut, Team Leader at TCV York commented: “We hope the resurfaced footpath will encourage the community to use the riverside green spaces and access nature at all times of the year. Connecting with the outdoors is really important for people’s mental and physical wellbeing, so this collaborative effort to improve access will be of great benefit to the local community.”