Green Lane, in Girton, Nottinghamshire – which stretches 1,790 metres – has been redeveloped and added to the Trent Vale Trail, thanks to a £75,251 donation from the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund.
The ragged, restricted byway – Green Lane – was plagued with ruts and potholes, meaning it became hazardous for cyclists and walkers to use, especially in adverse weather conditions such as rain, when the potholes would fill with water.
Funds from the donation were used to restore and enhance the byway with an all-weather surface, making the lane usable for everyone, all year round. Due to the repairs and resurfacing, Green Lane now forms part of the Trent Vale Trail.
The Trent Vale Trail project was started in 2017, with the aim of creating a 14-mile, multi-user trail stretching over Clifton Hill, going from Newark to North Clifton and the Dukeries trail.
Tarmac has been involved in the project since 2019, with the group receiving a previous grant from the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund of £10,000, along with contributing materials to help restore the trail.
Alan Hudson, the current chair of the Friends of Trent Vale Trail, said: “The new section along Green Lane was made possible by a grant from the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund. It is great to see another section of the Trent Vale Trail take shape.
“A muddy and rutted track that was almost impassable for parts of the year is now being used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders even through the winter. I’m really excited that an idea to create a 14-mile trail to link the villages and nature reserves in the Trent Vale, is close to becoming a reality – less than one mile to go now and it will be complete!”
Kevin Mawby, unit manager at Tarmac’s Langford Quarry, said: “I’m happy to see that due to our most recent Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund donation, Green Lane has been reconstructed and improved for all to use. I hope this new section added can be enjoyed by local communities and beyond.”