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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 five active volunteers plus three reserves, two, three or four of whom go out most weeks on a Tuesday or a Wednesday to improve the path network. 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 that unfortunately has a far shorter life expectancy. For this reason we tamp all timber posts in with copious quantities of stones rather than soil or clay. The Donate a Gate scheme has already paid £2,500 to BCC to purchase gates. Between April 2016 and April 2017 we installed 42 gates. The group is now primarily involved with installing such 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 out there with 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 resident walkers had produced a report highlighting fifty problems on Oving 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 actively involved include Mentmore, Oving, Westcott, Wing and Wingrave. Improvements in Wing and Wingrave are pretty much complete.

Currently available sites for Donate a Gate include:

  • Brill SP658141 Stile to Kissing Gate (KG)
  • Granborough SP760261 Stile to Gate
  • Hardwick SP802198 Two Stiles to Gates either side of wide hedge
  • Hoggeston – 3 or 4 stiles to gates under discussion locally
  • Ickford - Stile to gate at SP648077 and potentially at SP649076 opposite the Rising Sun public house
  • North Marston Additional sites on Matthew's Way being actively sought - Matthew's Way anniversary walk on 7/5/17
  • Marsh Gibbon SP643232 2 x Stiles to Gates
  • Oving - OPAG has around five DaGs in the offing - many more planned
  • Pitchcott SP774206 Stile to Gate on Matthew's Way - landowner permission not yet sought
  • Preston Bissett SP658296 - Six Stiles to Gates on Copperhouse Far
  • Westcott SP721171 Potential for a Bristol style Centrewire gate to replace a metal seven bar gate with steps incorporated in the gate.

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



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_icon Donate a gate presentation to local area forum (LAF) - March 2017.pdf


adobe pdf_icon rRIPPLEDonate a Gate PDF Form
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 April 2017 12:22