Cycling group lead planting project in town

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Cycling group the White Peak Sustrans Volunteer Rangers together with Matlock in Bloom members, planted bulbs by the side of a 600-metre long multi-user path in Matlock.

The path was laid down early last year alongside the A6, from Sainsbury’s roundabout to Arc Leisure, by Derbyshire County Council and many of the bulbs already there did not survive the trauma.

Clyde Hinton, who leads the volunteer rangers, said: “This was a first shot at replacing them and we are looking forward to the dazzling floral display next spring.

“The path already gets good use by cyclists, pedestrians, dog-walkers and wheelchairs and it is expected that it will link to the nearly-completed multi-user path which will run alongside the railway from Matlock to Rowsley.

“The White Peak Rangers will be running a programme of led cycle rides for the public in the Peak District in 2017 which they hope to be advertising in the near future. Keep an eye out for these rides!

“Thanks to everyone who took part in the planting, including John Owen, David and Catherine from our group, Les and Ian from the Derby Rangers, Barbara from Matlock in Bloom and Claire O’Reilly of Derbyshire County Council. We look forward to seeing the fruits of our labours next spring.”

The planting took place on Thursday, October 27,

The White Peak Sustrans Volunteer Rangers, which has been led by Clyde since 2013, has had an extremely busy year.

The sustrans work with families, communities, policy-makers and partner organisations right across the UK to enable people to choose healthier, cleaner and cheaper journeys and to create better places and spaces to move through and live in.

The White Peak team often updates a blog to record activities or to provide local info to their communities. For more visit: whitepeakrangers.blogspot.com.