Washlands to Walton Walk: May 2010

Burton Conservation Volunteers led a river and canal walk as part of the 2010 National Forest Walking Festival, a popular annual programme of walks which is open to everyone.

Our walk - one of the launch events of this year's festival - was a 10-mile circular route from Burton's Trent Washlands, following the River Trent as far as Walton bridge, then crossing the A38 to Barton Marina for a lunch stop and welcome refreshments on such a hot day. We returned along the Trent & Mersey Canal towpath, through Branston Water Park and Branston Golf Club, back to the Washlands.

Along the route we revisited many of the projects that BCV have done over the years including the woodland and new orchard on the golf course, the willow screens at Upper Mills Farm and a variety of work at Branston Water Park. We also saw the herd of Herefordshire cattle (complete with new calves) that are grazing the Washlands as part of Higher Level Stewardship for the area.

For the second half of the walk we were joined by the 9th Lichfield (Saxon Hill) Scout Group who were doing the walk as part of completing one of their badges. This is a newly formed Scout Group and is unique in consisting of members made up entirely of special education needs children, many of whom are in wheelchairs. For them to complete a five-mile hike was a tremendous achievement.

It was an enjoyable day with lots of positive comments received.

The walk also saw the arrival and distribution of the brand new BCV polo shirts and sweatshirts from the ethical clothing company Revolver World. One of the company's representatives joined us for the first half of the walk to record an interview with Lawrence about the work of BCV. You can listen to or download Lawrence's podcast (bet you never thought you'd see those two words together!) via the link below.

Lawrence's podcast

River Trent near Walton
Trent & Mersey Canal
Tatenhill Lock, Trent & Mersey Canal
Saxon Hill Scouts, Branston Water Park