Sustrans volunteer remembered with memorial bench

mother and daughter sit on memorial bench

The family of Selwyn Benn have donated a memorial bench near Naburn

volunteer ranger who has been remembered with a memorial bench

Selwyn Benn was a valued volunteer who patrolled and maintained a stretch of the Trans Pennine Trail between York and Selby

14 August 2015

The family of a ranger, a type of Sustrans volunteer, who patrolled and maintained the popular Sustrans cycle and walking route between York and Selby, have donated a bench near Naburn in memory of Selwyn Benn, who died last year.

On his green Raleigh classic bike, Selwyn was a well-known figure on the path, which is part of the Trans Pennine Trail and the National Cycle Network.

He was a long-term supporter of the Transpennine Trail and volunteered for over 14 years as a ranger to keep the route clear of rubbish and maintain signs for the thousands of people who walk and cycle along it every year.

Selwyn’s daughter Sally Smith said:

“Dad was a supporter of the Transpennine Trail for many years and covered the York to Selby section - particularly round the Riccall area.
“The bench is in a great location and it was very busy spot last time I visited. I know he would have enjoyed seeing all those people out there enjoying themselves in the fresh air.”

Sustrans ranger coordinator Peter Huxford said:

“We rely almost totally for volunteers to maintain and enhance the network and this is a particularly popular section, with the scale model Solar System art work. Selwyn’s contribution will be sorely missed.”

Sustrans’ National Cycle Network includes 14,000 miles of cycle and walking routes, many of which are traffic-free. Over 1000 miles of network are in Yorkshire, which is the largest amount of any county in Britain.

The memorial bench for Selwyn is located under the Moor Lane bridge near Naburn.

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