When walking the paths of West Berkshire you're quite likely to come across one of the gates or other structures we've installed. Our team was started by Colin Honeybone in July 2004 and ably led by him until August 2017. The 250th installation was done in July 2016 - we have now done 274 as of September 2017 and are working towards our 300th.
The work programme primarily involves replacing stiles with gates, though sometimes an existing gate may need repair or replacement and occasionally other types of structures are installed. West Berkshire Council (as the highway authority) usually agrees the arrangements with the landowner and provides the materials; we provide the labour. Colin added the artistic flourishes where required!
As part of our 50th Birthday Celebrations in 2017 we are also installing gates to improve public access on sites within West Berkshire owned or managed by Berks Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust.
If you'd like to get involved, please contact Fiona Walker, our work party coordinator.
Key achievements have been
|1st||30th July 2004||Prosperous, Hungerford|
|25th||21st October 2005||Stratfield Mortimer||SU660630|
|50th||15th December 2006||Rood Hill, Boxford||SU423716|
|100th||24th July 2009||Boxford Common||SU440717|
|150th||11th November 2011||Bockhampton, Lambourn||SU339779|
|200th||14th February 2014||A4 West of Hungerford||SU330689|
|250th||1st July 2016||Rushall Farm, Bradfield||SU588729|
Photographs of some of our handiwork