The Team

We are a group of volunteers that are helping to improve the condition of Open Spaces and Public Rights of Way in Shotley.

Our members are all from the village and are passionate about securing it’s beauty for future generations. Formerly known as the Shotley Stour Footpath Renovation Group, which started in 2009, was Constituted in 2012 and became Shotley Open Spaces on 17 November 2016.

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As you can see we are a happy bunch with a bit of machinery and a lot of enthusiasm. Our Honorary Chairman and Treasurer is Gary Richens, Honorary Secretary is Geraint Pugh and the other ten committee members are (in no particular order) Marian Pugh, Pat Schofield, Jane Leach. Derek Gent, Roger Cushing, Alex Pettersson, Derek Fowler, Ian Saunders, Ian Peters and Tony Lawford-Randall. Not all of them are in this photograph and there are people in the photograph who help us out when they can.

We have a growing e-mail list of supporters who like to be kept informed of what we are doing (please contact Tony and have your name and e-mail address added to the list).

Most of our committee members and supporters are actively involved in other local groups and organisations, and this helps us a lot in gathering information for some of the things we are involved with. For the recent ‘Walkers are Welcome campaign’ we reached out to local groups through our members for letters of support which were quickly delivered.

As you would expect we have public liability insurance for working in the Heritage Park, and do risk assessments as required. We have a stock of hi-vis vests that are handed out to ensure that our volunteers are easily visible.

New to our team are the ‘A Boards’ that you can see in the photograph. We’ll try to display these whenever we are doing improvement works. In time the SOS logo should be a familiar sight around Shotley.

A key project launched in 2012 is our continuing maintenance of Shotley Heritage Park. This is 8 acres of woodland and 50 acres of mudflats adjacent to the River Stour at Shotley Gate.

• We have 12 committee members and loads of supporters in the village –  Meet once a month on the last Thursday of every month –  We welcome new supporters (members) to go on our e-mailing list –  A friendly enthusiastic team helping to make the outdoors a better place –  Managers of the Shotley Walkers are Welcome scheme.

Shotley is our home, and we want to make it’s open spaces accessible, safe and enjoyable for all. Our campaign ‘save our shotley’ is committed to make long term, valuable change for all.

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