Byway conservation efforts by the Green Lane Association (GLASS) were wrecked when a group of irresponsible 4x4 drivers caused unnecessary damage to the Wayfarer greenlane, just hours after the volunteers had left the site.
Around 30 volunteers had set large rocks in place to prevent drivers from detouring off-piste and damaging a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) around the middle of the Denbighshire byway – an area which has fallen victim to inconsiderate 4x4 drivers a number of times in recent years.
The rocks were supplied by a local farmer, with Natural Resources Wales providing use of a tractor, but within hours of the voluneers leaving the site some of the rocks had been uplifted, fences were removed, and deep ruts had appeared in the peat, off the legal right of way.
‘We are planning repairs for next spring but need to ensure off-piste activities have stopped before we replace the peat and heather,’ said GLASS’s Wrexham & Flintshire Area Representative Daz Henson. ‘A second day of rock moving works is in the planning stages now and will be carried out over the winter.
‘Earlier this year we replaced several gates that were provided by Denbighshire CC, including one with a huge 10ft tall solid wood gate post that really took some effort to move! We also regularly dig out drainage trenches and repair gates as we find them.
‘The Wayfarer seems to attract off-piste activity more than other lanes in Llangollen. Many of the lanes in this area are well protected by design - sunken lanes, trees and hedge rows keep things in check.’
GLASS carries out regular greenlane maintenance throughout the UK. To lend your support or find out more, visit the Green Lane Association website for details.