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Sustrans appeals for donations to keep National Cycle Network open this Christmas

Volunteers will be out and about combating the effects of winter weather

Sustrans is appealing for donations to help cover the cost of maintenance work which will be carried out on the National Cycle Network this Christmas. Money raised will go towards tools, high-visibility clothing, safety equipment, new signs and volunteer training sessions.

Winter weather can often have a major impact on the network. Last year, two cycle bridges were destroyed by Storm Desmond in Cumbria, but there are plenty of less dramatic issues to deal with as well.

Sustrans hopes to have 2,500 volunteer rangers out and about over the festive period with tasks involving everything from clearing leaves to replacing faded or damaged signs. Groups of volunteers will cover large stretches of the network and could find themselves mending gates and fencing, picking up litter or unblocking drainage ditches.

The charity’s Christmas donation page lists what different sums might provide. £20 can buy 20 new plastic information signs to replace those that are worn or damaged; £30 could equip a group of volunteers with a set of safety tabards; while £50 can help train a volunteer so that they can organise a day’s maintenance on the network.

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