Postcode Trust aids paths group

Earlston Paths Group has received a £1,985 funding boost, thanks to the People’s Postcode Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The money will purchase materials to surface sections of the footpaths managed by the group, such as the popular Leader Water Path stretching from Earlston to the River Tweed at Leaderfoot.

Earlston Paths Group, which was formed in 2005, is a not-for-profit, voluntary organisation operating in and around the communities of Earlston and Redpath. The group aims to develop a sustainable path network and to provide signposted and managed countryside access for both residents and visitors to the area.

During the past seven years the group has successfully signposted rights of way, improved several existing walks and created new routes such as the Leader Water Path.

Path group secretary Ian Gibb said: “We try to keep our footpaths in as good condition as possible to ensure that they are accessible to a broad range of users. Wear and tear on the path surfaces is inevitable over time and the more popular the walk, the harder our volunteers have to work to keep up with repairs.

“The wet weather over recent years has presented a real challenge and the money from the People’s Postcode Trust has enabled us to hire a contractor to do some of the more difficult work. The paths group’s dedicated band of volunteers and supporters have rolled up their sleeves and done the rest.”

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