Backwell Environment Trust

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Opening Celebrations -  October 2014 

On Sunday 22nd October, BET Members joined in celebrating the completion of two big projects by our volunteers over the past two years.

To start with, 25 Members and friends walked along the newly constructed Geology Trail in Badgers Wood. This path was built above the Fern Way with the aim of giving visitors access to the upper slopes and dramatic limestone cliffs along the ridge above Cheston Combe. Tricky sections of the steep terrain had presented some significant engineering challenges for our volunteers, but well-camouflaged ironwork and buttresses have resulted in an exciting yet safe walk through the woods. Everyone enjoyed the excursion and the information provided by BET trustees and local geologist Richard Kefford. Richard is a member of the Avon RIGS Group, and talked about the formation and evolution of the limestone landscape and crags and other features.

Gradually we made our way down to the newly refurbished BET Cabin to enjoy ample tea and cakes! A total of 35 people admired the amazing transformation which has been achieved by some very dedicated and skilled volunteers. The result is a dry, light and roomy base for BET events like this one. Photos of BET's work and a display of Richard's fossils helped to make a very informative and enjoyable gathering.

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Both projects are now very much open for business!

More photos and videos taken during the projects can be found here:

 

Peter Speight

 

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