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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 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. 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 and in total by September 2017 we expect to have installed a total of 80 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 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, 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.

NB rRIPPLE work load - Current situation - last updated 28/7/17:

  • 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.
  • 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 the clerk again 27/7/17. Stiles on the path between Dinton Castle and Eythrope are shocking.
  • Granborough: One CAMS for a gate at SP760261 available as a DaG.
  • 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 CAMS for gates at SP802198 either side of a track available as DaGs. No contact as yet with land owner, PC or local residents. Both available as DaGs.
  • Hoggeston: “Localism” provided by Bruce Hyde, Jonathan Owen, George Morris and the PCC.
  • Ickford: Stile to gate CAMS 84077 at SP648077 in abeyance as landowner has repaired dtile. Peter Jordain, resident Ramblers path checker also looking at potential for a DaG at SP649076 opposite Rising Sun pub.
  • North Marston: Potential for several DaGs on Matthew’s Way. In contact with residents/PC. Locations include SP768225, 767225, 774206.
  • Oving: Numerous DaGs installed and in the pipeline due to very active Oving Paths Action Group (OPAG) formed 18/1/17.
  • Pitchcott: Matthew’s Way - Potential DaG at SP774206 where landowner has ageed to a stile being replaced with timber Aston gate.
  • Preston Bissett: Following installation of seven gates on Copperhorse Farm, at least three more available for DaGs, one at SP665295 and two at SP660296 on the edge of the cricket pitch.
  • Thornborough. Three DaGs agreed and paid for by land owner at SP733353, 730351 and 731352.
  • Wingrave/Rowsham: One CAMS for timber kissing gate to Marlow steel gate at SP852179 available as a 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


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
Last Updated on Monday, 28 August 2017 13:41