New information boards unveiled at Flitch Way picnic site

PUBLISHED: 10:58 29 March 2013 | UPDATED: 11:00 29 March 2013

The Friends of Flitch Green erected a new information board on Monday. (March 25)

The Friends of Flitch Green erected a new information board on Monday. (March 25)

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VOLUNTEERS from across Uttlesford braved the wintry conditions to install a new wildlife information board at a Dunmow picnic site.

A dedicated team from the Friends of the Flitch Way group arose early on Monday morning to imbed the new sign, despite the area being coated in a layer of snow. It took more than an hour-and-a-half to dig support holes deep enough to support the sign, before it was erected at the High Cross Lane picnic area.

Cllr Leslie Gillman, of Little Canfield Parish Council, said: “The friends have done such a fantastic job as they always do.

“They get out in all weather conditions and keeps everything really well maintained for the benefit of the whole community and visitors.

“I am sure all visitors to the area, as well as local residents, will find the information board interesting.”

The information board cost about £1,500 and was provided by Uttlesford District Council.

Song thrushes, goldfinches and long-tailed tits make up a wide range of birdlife that can be seen in the area and the board also contains information plants and buildings in the area.

The group is now planning to purchase a railway carriage to be displayed at the old Rayne railway station as it continues to enhance the heritage of the Flitch Way.

Stan Davies, chairman of the group, said: “We put the information board up, and do what we do, for the benefit of all visitors.

“We have tried to put the sign in a place where people are likely to want to stop, have a rest and take in the views.”

The group was formed in August 2004 by a small group of volunteers and by September 2005 they had become a registered charity with a constitution and committee.

They strive to bring together local, like-minded people that are interested in the outdoors and want to keep active.

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