Global team revamp Flintshire coast path

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VOLUNTEERS from around the world have been helping out on Flintshire’s section of the All Wales Coastal Path.

Over three weeks a team of 10 volunteers from Germany, France, Italy, South Korea, the Czech Republic and Scotland replaced a 50 metre boardwalk.

The group also built a wooden bridge in woodlands above Garth Mill in Ffynnongroyw on the Mostyn estate.

Karen Rippin, coastal ranger with Presthaven Sands and co-ordinator of the United Nations Association (UNA) Exchange project said: “It’s been hard work getting the group here but the volunteers have been having a great time working with the coastal rangers and the quality of the work is excellent.

“To think that some of these guys came half way round the world to work in Flintshire and Denbighshire is unbelievable but wonderful.”

Presthaven Sands Holiday Park provided free accommodation for the volunteers and coastal rangers from Flintshire provided vehicles, tools, materials and supervision as part of the Welsh Assembly’s Coastal Path project.

The coastal rangers have been busy working on the inland route of Flintshire’s Coastal Path for the last two months with new kissing gates, boardwalks and scrub clearance.

Mike Taylor, senior coastal ranger for Flintshire’s coastal team, said: “We are grateful to the UNA exchange volunteers, their contribution is invaluable.

“The coastal footpath is steadily coming together along Flintshire’s coastline.”

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