Our main work parties (though not the longest running) meet on alternate Fridays, normally at a pub. They spend the morning inspecting the paths in the area, meeting up in the pub afterwards to review their progress over a snack. They do minor maintenance such as cutting back vegetation and replacing waymarks but refer major work to West Berkshire Council. This year (2018) a small group which has been trained to use strimmers and hedge cutters has being going out to help to reduce the heavy summer vegetation growth.
We also have a team that works in collaboration with West Berkshire Council, primarily to replace stiles with gates though it occasionally installs other types of structures. The team now goes out 12 times a year and has completed 285 installations as of July 2018.
The RWP (Ramblers Work Party) started 1999 when West Berkshire Council’s Rights of Way (RoW) department asked for help with a joint project with Mencap who were looking for an outdoor activity for their members. We worked with Mencap for a number years and then with another group of disabled volunteers clearing vegetation from footpaths. In 2003 we formed a separate group just for Ramblers, although the disabled volunteer group also continued up until 2014 when for various reasons it stopped. The gate project started in 2004. The RWP group continues to flourish meeting on a fortnightly basis with extra sessions as needed.
If you'd like to get involved, please contact Fiona Walker, our work party coordinator.