The Project Manager, Sophie Cabot, has now started in post. She will manage the project and develop the new circular routes off the Trail with the Senior Trails Officer at NCC. Get in touch with Sophie to discuss any ideas or suggestions you might have for the project.
We have also recruited an Education Officer, Madeleine Goodall, who will work with adults, schools and uniformed groups such as the Brownies and Scouts on activities along the Marriott’s Way. The arrival of Maddy and Sophie, and the imminent recruitment of the project’s first two Trainee posts (one for Infrastructure and one for Project Management) mean that the project is now fully staffed and work can really speed up.
If you are a regular visitor to the Marriott’s Way you may have noticed tree felling works which we have been doing to tackle ash dieback caused by the Chalara fungus. The Norwich Fringe Project are also involved with work to clear scrub at Reepham Station to enable us to survey the old platform (opposite the café) before it is restored.
Students form City College in Norwich have been out with the NCC Trail team addressing damaged gates and paths at Reepham, and finally, just this week, Friends of Norwich City Station have been clearing undergrowth from the platform and Coal Stage at Train Woods to increase the visibility of the railway infrastructure in advance of the Wild About Train Wood event.
Monthly themed walks have already started, with a walk in April looking at trees on Marriott's Way led by NCC Woodland Officer, Tom Russell-Grant.
There will be two railway Heritage walks in May, see below, and in June and July walks will be led by Norfolk Wildlife Trust.
Details of how to take part in local walks will be published in this newsletter each month.
MWHT will be at the Friends of Train Woods & Marriott’s Way 'Wild About Train Wood' event on May 27th. There will be a ‘Bioblitz’ trying to find and record over 300 species, an early morning bird walk, walks looking at wildflowers, trees and insects and two heritage walks looking at the Railway and wartime history of Marriott’s Way.
Why not come and say hello?
Full details at www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk
Goldcrest Outdoor Education and the Norwich Fringe Project have been contracted to work with two school nurture groups to enhance two ‘gateway’ entrances to the Marriott’s Way at Aylsham and Norwich. The two groups from Aylsham High and Framlingham Earl Schools have already got to work carrying out habitat restoration, scrub clearance, and litter picks as well as building bird boxes and benches. Their involvement will continue into the school summer term and will support the creation of new circular walks to take in railway heritage features, the development of geocaching trails and recording of biodiversity. Find out more from the “Aylsham Eagles” blog here.
Remember you can still get in touch at any time - to get involved or with ideas, questions or comments on email@example.com