Elmwood students improve boggy section of Sandwood path

Fife-based Countryside Management students visit Sandwood for a week of work experience and help repair one of our most popular paths

Elmwood at sandwood 2016 web detail

A huge thanks to students from Scotland’s Rural College’s (SRUC) Elmwood campus for all their efforts in early May, when they helped to repair the path to Sandwood Bay.

This was the fourth year that Fife-based Countryside Management students have come up to Sandwood for a week of work experience undertaking path repairs while completing a John Muir Award.

This year the group built five cross drains and six steps, dug around 60m of ditch and surfaced 50m of the path as well as landscaping the path edges and all the excavated soil.

Elmwood at Sandwood 2016 before and after

'The finished work is a huge improvement on the wet, boggy section of path that was there before and the students should be very proud of their work,’ said Chris Goodman, footpath officer for the John Muir Trust.

As always, the group gained more than path work experience. They also enjoyed discovering the people and landscape of the far NW Highlands - experiencing its appeal first hand.

Elmwood at Sandwood 2016

Chris said: ‘On a windswept day we walked out to Sandwood Bay for lunch and watched big waves rolling in while eating very sandy sandwiches.’

Victoria Pendry, lecturer at Elmwood campus, said: ‘Despite it being physically hard work, the students enjoyed themselves and learnt a lot this week’.

Hopefully some will return one day with friends and family to revisit the work they did and make it out to Sandwood Bay again.

The work this year follows on from substantial work that contractors undertook on the path in 2010 and 2012 as well as ongoing volunteer work parties and previous groups from Elmwood campus.

This combined effort has repaired huge sections of the path and tackled the worst bits of erosion and the path is now in a really good condition so another huge thank you to everyone who has helped with this work, either by coming out and getting muddy during one of our conservation work parties or by donating to our Wild Ways path fund.