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Donate a Gate

North Bucks rRIPPLE (ramblers Repairing & Improving Public Paths for Leisure & Exercise) was founded in early 2015 and comprises six active volunteers. Two, three, four or even five of whom go out most weeks on a Tuesday or a Wednesday to improve the path network of North Bucks. Initially stiles were being repaired and improved but BCC prefer to see stiles replaced with gates or kissing gates. For longevity galvanised steel gates are installed manufactured by Centrewire, supported on either side by a timber post. We are now funding the use of UC4 treated redwood posts from Briants of Risborough, guaranteed for 15 years. From July 2017 these posts are being provided with additional rot-at-ground-level protection by sleeving with Postsaver bitumen and plastic sleeves. We tamp the posts firmly into the ground with copious quantities of 20 and 40 mm stones rather than soil or clay. Whjere necessary strainers are installed if barbed wire or sheep-proof wire netting needs to be tightened. The Donate a Gate scheme has already paid £2,500 to BCC to purchase gates and a further £1,800 to Centre wire for a delivery of gates. Between April 2016 and April 2017 we installed 42 gates and in total by the end of December 2017 we expect to have installed very close to 100 gates. The North Bucks rRIPPLE coordinator is Bill Piers, 01844 290923 or 07799 110128 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The Donate a Gate (DaG) scheme has taken off with numerous parishes now realising that there is actually someone else out there other than the local authoritywith whom they can deal and get things done. On 18 Jan 2017 Oving Paths Action Group (OPAG) was formed in the Black Boy public house. This group of parish councillors and concerned residents, walkers and dog walkers had produced a report high-lighting some fifty problems on Oving's footpaths. On the same day, 18 Jan, we replaced one stile with a self-closing timber gate kindly sponsored by the resident landowner through the DaG scheme complete with a plaque. Full details can be found in the relevant activity report below, Parishes with which we are actively involved include Great Horwood, Mentmore, North Marston, Oving, Preston Bisset, Westcott, Wing and Wingrave although improvements in Wing and Wingrave are pretty much complete. A resident of Whitchurch is keen to form an equivalent of OPAG for Whitchurch and another Aylesbury Ramblers 50 Years Celebration DaG will be installed there in early 2018.

NB rRIPPLE work load - Current situation - last updated 24/12/17:

  • Donate a Gate (DaG) opportunities and recent work orders (CAMS) from BCC:
  • Aston Abbotts at Norduck Barn/Farm/House and Freemasons Wood: Five gates installed with potential for a couple more. One RADAR large Woodstock kissing gate was a DaG.
  • Brill: Potentially several. Need to get a Brill Paths Action Group (BPAG) formed. “Localism” being led by Ramblers member by Elaine Horsey.
  • Buckland: Several stiles to gates agreed.
  • Cuddington & Nether Winchendon: Potential for several awkward stiles to be DaGs. Need a local heroe.
  • Dinton, Ford & Upton: “Localism” being sought. Several residents have mentioned several awkward stiles in Dinton but no firm commitment has been forthcoming from them or the PC. Contact made with farmer on the path between Dinton Castle and Eythrope to replace a number of poor stiles with gates during 2018.
  • Great Horwood: Confirmed DaG at SP767312 by Sue Renshell and another one at SP764305 by Great Horwood PC. One more “in the pipeline”.
  • Hardwick: Two gates installed either side of a track with another four, two more either side of these two, available as DaGs.
  • Hoggeston: “Localism” provided by Bruce Hyde, Jonathan Owen, George Morris and the PCC. Looking forward to some action during 2018.
  • Ickford: Peter Jordain, resident Ramblers path checker, looking at potential for a DaG at SP649076 opposite Rising Sun pub. PC aware.
  • Ivinghoe at Ashridge Estate: Replace old timber KG with a new Marlow PG.
  • North Marston and Quainton on Matthew’s Way. Several gates recently installed with more to come in 2018.
  • Oving: Oving Paths Action Group (OPAG) formed 18/1/17 is continuing to promote path improvements, liaising with landowners and BCC.
  • Preston Bissett: Following installation of seven gates on Copperhorse Farm, not all by NB rRIPPLE, at least three more available for DaGs, one at SP665295 and two at SP660296 on the edge of the cricket pitch. Landlord of The White Hart is looking for local heroes to help develop some circular walks.
  • Westcott: Already replaced a number of stiles with gates. At least four more in early 2018; potentially two more after them. PC willing to DaG.

Activity Reports

adobe pdf_iconrRIPPLE Activity Report 30th January – 6th August 2015

adobe pdf_iconrRIPPLE Activity Report 13 August – 17 November 2015

adobe pdf_iconrRIPPLE Activity Report 18 November 2015 – 16 January 2016

adobe pdf_iconrRIPPLE Activity Report 17 January 2016 - 15 March 2016

adobe pdf_iconrRIPPLE Activity Report 16 March 2016 - 11 June 2016

adobe pdf_iconrRIPPLE Activity Report 12 June 2016 - 14 August 2016

adobe pdf_iconrRIPPLE Activity Report 15 August 2016 - 22 September 2016

adobe pdf_iconrRIPPLE Activity Report 23 September 2016 - 13 November 2016

adobe pdf_iconrRIPPLE Activity Report 14 November 2016 - 31 December 2016

adobe pdf_iconrRIPPLE Activity Report 1 January 2017 - 31 March 2017

adobe pdf_iconrRIPPLE Activity Report 1 April 2017 - 31 May 2017

adobe pdf_iconrRIPPLE Activity Report 1 June 2017 - 27 August 2017

adobe pdf_iconrRIPPLE Activity Report 28 August 2017 - 17 November 2017


microsoft-office-wordrRIPPLE Donate a Gate Application Form in Word Format

microsoft-office-wordHave you got a horrible stile? Why not Donate a Gate?


adobe pdf_iconDonate a gate presentation to local area forum (LAF) - March 2017.pdf

adobe pdf_icon rRIPPLEDonate a Gate PDF Form

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