Oakbrook Footpaths and Right of Way (ROW)
Some concern has been expressed about the footpath across the arable field and the veg patches and now the electric cattle fence and new stile.
We have for many months been in contact and discussion with the ROW officer of the Gloucestershire Ramblers and also the GCC ROW officer. These two officials came recently to inspect the site and changes as reported to them by some runners.
We have discussed the situation and signage and how best to work with the fencing required for the good management of the dairy cattle and grazing.
We realise that any changes or extra barriers to negotiate are not welcomed by those who are trying to run and walk across a field. We are taking into account the multiple needs of path users and developing agriculture on site and seeking to find the most suitable arrangement in respect of these needs.
So having taken advice from these specialists there will some further minor changes but they have recognised that the deviations from the path's original line are minor and support the good agricultural use of this field.
We do apologise for any inconvenience experienced by path users from these developments and hope that all parties can also appreciate the growing improvements and development of a more community orientated agriculture and the development of sustainable food production for Stroud.
We ask that users of the right of way and of the permissive paths on the farm respect the livestock and their needs as well as the necessary fencing, gates etc.
We hope you enjoy your walks. If you would like to join our team of volunteers who are planting hedges and doing other enjoyable caring jobs around the farm do email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring .....
Please collect and remove from the farm any dog poo as this can carry parasites and medication that is toxic or problematic for cattle and especially pregnant cows (as well as children).
If there is any aspect of this or other changes that you would like to discuss with farmer, grower or Biodynamic Land Trust do get in touch with us