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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 seven 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 Bucks County Council (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 treated redwood posts to UC4 15 Yr standard from Briants of Risborough. 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 initially 20 mm and then 40 mm stones rather than soil or clay. Where necessary strainers are installed if barbed wire or sheep-proof wire netting needs to be reattached and tightened. The Donate a Gate (DaG) scheme has already paid £5,000 to BCC to purchase gates and a further £1,800 to Centrewire for a delivery of gates. We have now installed close to 120 gates, the 50th and the 100th both being DaGs from Aylesbury Ramblers. 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 DaG scheme has taken off with numerous parishes now realising that there is actually someone else out there other than the local authority 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 residents, walkers and dog walkers had produced a report high-lighting fifty two problems on Oving's footpaths. On the same day, 18 Jan, in Oving, we replaced a stile with a self-closing timber gate kindly sponsored by the local 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 Buckland, Hardwick, Great Horwood, Ludgershall (Tetchwick), Mentmore, North Marston, Oving, Pitchcott, Preston Bisset, Westcott and Whitchurch with improvements in Wing and Wingrave currently complete. A couple of residents and parish councillors of Whitchurch are in the process of forming an equivalent of OPAG for Whitchurch.

NB rRIPPLE work load - Current situation - last updated 24/05/18:

  • Donate a Gate (DaG) opportunities and recent work orders (CAMS) from BCC:
  • Brill: Potentially several. Need to get a Brill Paths Action Group (BPAG) formed. “Localism” being led by Ramblers member by Elaine Horsey.
  • Buckland: FP13 at SP887125; FP8 at SP888125.
  • Cuddington & Nether Winchendon: Potential for several awkward stiles to be DaGs. Need a local hero.
  • 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 Eythrop to replace a number of poor stiles with gates during 2018.
  • Hardwick: FP1 at 803196 and SP804196.
  • Hoggeston: “Localism” provided by Bruce Hyde, Jonathan Owen, George Morris and the PCC. Looking forward to some action during 2018.
  • Ickford: Aylesbury Ramblers DaG agreed at SP649076 opposite Rising Sun pub.
  • Ivinghoe at Ashridge Estate: Replace old timber KG with a new Marlow PG. This is a Chiltern Society DaG that we are installing for them.
  • Ludgershall: Three at Tetchwick Farm at SP671182/674184/678191.
  • North Marston: SP765224 and 767226.
  • Oving: Oving Paths Action Group (OPAG) have 4 DaGs in hand with sites to be advised.
  • Pitchcott: FP2 at SP774204.
  • 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. Our Peter Smith working on a leaflet.
  • Westcott: Sites available for DaGs: FP12 at SP719170; FP6 at SP727179; FP30 at SP720169.
  • Whitchurch: FP12 at SP802205 and potentially another right beside it.

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

adobe pdf_iconrRIPPLE Activity Report 18 November 2017 - 25 February 2018

adobe pdf_iconrRIPPLE Activity Report 26 February 2018 - 22 May 2018




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