It has been years in the marking – but Biggleswade’s Green Wheel is set to officially launch this month.
It will launch on Sunday, March 22, marking the culmination of work on the project to create a corridor of green spaces, cycle paths and walks around the town, with ‘spokes’ connecting the town centre to the surrounding ‘wheel’.
The scheme is a joint initiative between Central Bedfordshire Council and Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity (BRCC), with the support of Biggleswade Town Council.
Cliff Andrews, green infrastructure team leader at BRCC, said: “We are really pleased to have been a lead partner in this initiative. To see the project evolve from an idea to reality has been very rewarding, and we are excited to now share this great asset with the local community.”
Those who come along to the event will be able to take part in guided walks, cycle ride round the Green Wheel or witness the ribbon cutting at Jordans Mill at 1.30pm.
Walks will start from Edward Peake Middle School at 10.45am (7.5 miles); Dan Albone car park at noon (4.5 miles) and Jordans Mill at 1.45pm (7.5 miles or 3.5 miles). There will also be a 7.5 mile guided cycle ride from Jordans Mill at 1.45pm. Drivers can park their vehicles at any of these starting points.
Refreshments can be bought at Edward Peake Middle School PTA from 10am-11am and 3pm-4.30pm, and Jordans Mill café from 9am to 5pm.
For children, there will be fun activities to encourage them on their way round all or part of the Greenwheel.
Caroline Romans, project officer at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “We really hope that people will be able to join us on the day to enjoy a walk or cycle ride around the Green Wheel route. There is no need to book, and if you can’t make the walk or ride, we would love to see you at Jordans Mill for the ribbon cutting event.
“This is a family event, but we ask that children under 16 are accompanied by an adult. Please put on suitable footwear and clothing as parts of the walks will be on natural paths in the countryside.”
For more information, email Greenwheel@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk or call Caroline Romans on 0300 300 6112. To view the walks and cycle rides map visit www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/biggleswadegreenwheel or www.facebook.com/biggleswadegreenwheel