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people walking along a traffic free path

The Greenway management handbook helps make paths corridors for wildlife too

12 July 2016

We're excited to announce that we've published our Greenway management handbook - the UK’s first ever guide on how to manage traffic free cycle and walking routes or ‘greenways’ for both people and wildlife.

The handbook is based on our 20 years of experience managing the National Cycle Network and provides an introduction to maintaining hard and soft infrastructure along greenways, with advice about to improve the management of routes to create wildlife corridors too.

The guide is for local authorities, professional land managers and volunteers.

The guide is for anyone who manages linear land, including cycle paths, bridleways, towpaths, disused railway corridors and forest roads.

The handy guide contains practical advice and examples of best practice for local authorities, professional land managers, landowners and groups of volunteers on topics from the management of invasive plant species to how to encourage bees and butterflies to colonise your grassland.

If you're a land manager with a traffic free path, this book will help ensure you’re doing everything you can to look after people and nature.

- David Watson.

From wetlands to grasslands, path surfacing to problem plants.

The Greenway management handbook features chapters on topics such as managing trees and woodland, looking after grassland and watercourses, signs and interpretation, as well as how to manage different habitats, problem species and path surfaces.

David Watson, ecologist at Sustrans said:

“As more and more people take up cycling traffic free cycle paths are increasingly popular as commuting and leisure, but they also have great potential to become wildlife highways too.

"Nature needs paths to help connect habitats, particularly within built-up urban areas and good management practice helps to give wildlife a chance."

The guide is based on our 20 years of experience.

David Watson said:

“Sustrans has published a Greenway management handbook which gives practical advice on all aspects of path management, including the wildlife and habitats alongside and around the route.

"If you're a land manager with a traffic free path, this book will help ensure you’re doing everything you can to look after people and nature.”

The Sustrans Greener Greenways project is transforming 280km of traffic free greenways to help support both people and wildlife.