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Sandbach Wheelock Footpath Improvement

Funded on Spacehive 14 November 2022 Delivered 25 May 2023

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Sandbach Wheelock Footpath Improvement

Sandbach Wheelock Footpath Improvement

Sandbach Woodland and Wildlife Group By Sandbach Woodland and Wildlife Group

Phase II of SWWG footpath restoration project improving public access to the Sandbach Wildlife Corridor along the banks of Arclid Brook. Public Footpath 23 is the mapped route requiring attention.

Sandbach Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 14 Nov 2022!

For many years Winter floods from Arclid Brook have damaged the Wheelock section of footpaths along Sandbach Wildlife Corridor. Volunteers from SWWG wish to repair damage and maintain access for the public all year round. Phase II will improve a 220m path at the Wheelock section where access to the public footpath (FP23) is at serious risk of being lost to flood damage and further erosion. Funds raised will pay for the timber and stone used to stabilise eroded and unstable sections. Where Arclid Brook now meets the path edge the bank must be reinforced and sections of persistently muddy path can be raised using stone so allowing drainage after floods and reducing interruption to public wishing to use the footpath.

What we'll deliver:

  • 66 meters of raised flood resilient footpath
  • 65 meters of regraded path for safer accessible use

Why it's a great idea:

New and existing users will find the path more accessible for more months of the year as the improved route will be less treacherous when wet. Both individuals, families and groups of walkers will include this section of public footpath to their regular leisure routes taking them away from the alternative Crewe Road public highway. A better defined path will allow surrounding damaged vegetation to re-establish so benefitting nature and the public experience of this local wildlife corridor. SWWG volunteers enjoy their path restoration projects, they will also continue to monitor and manage the area, looking to protect the wildlife and develop the access to it, for our future generations.

Steps to get it done:

  • Site ground and bridge survey
  • Design flood resistant path construction
  • Working party training and induction
  • Purchase and delivery of materials to site
  • Working party on site with machinery and hand tools
  • Repeat deliveries and working parties to progress path restoration
  • Program of maintenance and wildlife enhancements

Volunteer update: We’ve received a positive input from the local geocaching community on the first phase of this project. One of our volunteers published a CITO (Cache In Trash Out) geocaching event to progress work on a section of FP23 and is very keen to engage with us to assist SWWG with future local footpath improvement work.

Location Sandbach

About the space

Footpath 23 from Trent & Mersey Canal to Dancing Bridge (Wheelock RailTrail)


Cheshire East Council

How will the money be spent?Total £4,103

Treated timber for path edges - £1,639 (40%)
Stone path type1 MOT - £1,622 (40%)
Use of tracked barrow (day rate) - £400 (10%)
compaction plate day hire - £160 (4%)
free materials delivery - £120 (3%)
Other - £163 (4%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Treated timber for path edges
Stone path type1 MOT
Use of tracked barrow (day rate)
compaction plate day hire
free materials delivery
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Similar materials to extend length of path restoration

Total £4,103

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