A PROJECT to revitalise a riverside path network is continuing with the support of conservation volunteers.

The Malton & Norton Area Partnership (MNAP) is working to improve improve the paths between Orchard Fields and The Gannock through Lady Spring Wood, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

The boardwalk is now being lifted and replaced by a new, recycled plastic boardwalk as part of the project.

Sarah Oswald, of MNAP, said that as a result of the work the boardwalk would be closed for about 10 weeks.

“While work is in progress we ask walkers and dog walkers to avoid the springs-side area. This is for their own safety as the old boardwalk is made of wood, chicken wire and nails and is having to be broken up by hand and in sections,” she said.

“We are trying to keep safety barriers and signs in place but we are finding these are being moved regularly. We’d welcome users’ help in managing this. If you notice missing barriers, please let us know.”

The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) York are undertaking the work on behalf of MNAP along with the replacement of the bridge over The Cut in The Gannock.

Work at the bridge, which will reconnect the footpaths from The Gannock up to the Malton and Norton Rugby Club, has been placed on hold while MNAP address some issues with the base of the structure following flooding.

Sarah said: “We are lucky to have the support of local company Maltech to advise us on this.

"The project doesn’t end once the bridge and boardwalk are completed. MNAP, through Malton Town Council, have ongoing responsibility to manage Lady Spring Wood and the permissive paths.

"Grants from Yorventure, Ryedale District Council S106 funds, North Yorkshire County Council Locality Budget as well as a well-supported crowdfunding campaign have covered the capital works, but we are now looking to build an ongoing resource to cover maintenance costs.

“We are inviting local businesses to be part of our sponsorship scheme to help look after this well-loved and valuable natural resource and to ensure we can continue to enjoy it.”

For more information on sponsorship, phone Sarah Oswald, on sarah@theauthenticspark.com or phone 07989 656690.