Volunteers form group to help protect Marriott’s Way in Norwich
Volunteers hope to improve the Norwich-end of the Marriott’s Way with better sign posts, nature trails and sites to launch canoes.
The group held their first meeting on Saturday morning and walked four miles along the trail of the former railway line as they brainstormed ideas to increase access to the route.
Green party councillor for Wensum ward, Lucy Galvin, said: “We had a wonderful walk, with around a dozen people.
“Everyone fed in their ideas and it’s a great start, but I’d like to stress we’re just at the beginning - there is a lot more room for ongoing input.
“We will repeat the walk in each season, to build up a picture of the ever changing route.
“It’s a popular place, and there were many cyclists, walkers, dog walkers, runners and families out enjoying it.
“There are different seasonal issues, but whatever the weather it’s fantastic resource for the people of Norwich, as well as visitors, and everyone agreed more could be made of it.”
Ideas include improving sign posting to the 26-mile route from the city centre so more people use it, hosting walks and talks on the nature of the Marriott’s Way and organising litter picks to clear the path.
Mrs Galvin added: “It’s used already for fitness, and by the great Norwich community green gym, and it could be even more of an asset to the health of the people of the city.
“Potentially it’s a tourist route linking the city to the beautiful Norfolk countryside.
“In other parts of the country, like Devon’s Tarka Trail, these routes have proved a real draw.”
The group also wants to control invasive species like Japanese knotweed, work with businesses to help manage the trail and produce a management plan so that councils work together to maintain it.
•To join the next walk or put forward ideas to improve the Marriott’s Way, contact councillor Lucy Galvin on 01603 477439.
•Are you starting a group to preserve part of Norwich’s heritage? Contact reporter Tom Bristow on 01603772313 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.