Shefford Parish Paths Partnership (P3) Group consists of volunteers who are interested in keeping clear, and encouraging more use of, local public footpaths and bridleways. To this end they hold regular working parties to clear litter and brambles etc. from local paths.
They have also produced a Walks Board which is fixed to the wall outside the Town Meeting Room (The Old Jubilee Fire Station), Northbridge Street, Shefford. The Walks Board shows eight circular walks, all starting outside the Town Meeting Room, all of different distances, and varying in the landscape and views available.
Following the installation of the Walks Board, the Group has now produced a walks leaflet for each of the eight walks. These leaflets are available in a pack, free of charge, from the Shefford Library.
During the course of each year they attend courses to learn the legal aspects of Rights of Way, how to erect footpath furniture (styles, kissing gates etc.), how to do proper surveys of footpaths to ensure that they are kept clear with a reasonable walking surface, how to do emergency first aid, how to plant and look after trees, and many other matters all relating to footpaths and bridleways. Several of our members have attended a course and obtained a certificate to enable them to use and maintain a strimmer.
The funding for the courses and the equipment is provided in partnership by the County Council, the Countryside Commission, and the Town Council. A Rural Action grant (funded by The Countryside Commission, English Nature, and the Rural Development Commission) was obtained to produce the Walks Board.