New access ramp built at Ruxley Gravel Pits Nature Reserve

A small tributary had washed away the previous ramp leaving a high step and a muddy mess to negotiate. The temporary solution of a plank was quickly rejected on safety grounds.

'Walking the plank' was deemed a safety hazard. (Photo: Martin Watts)

‘Walking the plank’ at Ruxley was deemed a safety hazard. (Photo: Martin Watts)

Volunteers replaced this with a more user friendly ramp. The 15 volunteers – mainly from Kent Wildlife trust based at Tyland Barn in Maidstone on Wednesday 1st July,  and 11 volunteers mainly from KWT (Sevenoaks) on Thursday 2nd – did a super job clearing the rest of the paths around the RGPNR site, which is a SSSI. They had become impassable due to re-growth by the middle of June. Thanks to all the volunteers who did a great job especially as one was the hottest day of the year so far.

Extended ramp under      construction. (Picture: Martin Watts)

Extended ramp under construction. (Picture: Martin Watts)

The next working party should be cooler as it is on September 27th. Meet 10:30 at the main gate. Usual equipment supplied, you’ll need appropriate clothes & a packed lunch. More information from Albert the Hon Warden on 07 968 943 157 or myself, Martin the Hon Secretary on 01322 528.

If anybody would like a tour before then while the paths are free then contact Martin.

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