Another Fantastic Donation!

Another Fantastic Donation!

Thanks very much to Firstpoint Flooring! Here is an excerpt from an email sent to Firstpoint by Trail Manager, Jimmy Begg. “I was suprised and delighted to get a phone call the other day from Marion Young of SAC telling me that you and Firstpoint Flooring Contract Ltd had chosen the Ayrshire Coastal Path as the recipient of a £300 donation from your company, and that the money was due to be lodged in our account.  This couldn’t have come at a better time, as we have to raise all the money to maintain and improve the 106 mile-long ACP by ourselves, as the Path is managed and maintained on a purely voluntary basis by a Management Board of nine, and a group of 56 Pathminders who do all the maintenance work.  Recently, after a year of repairs and improvements, our maintenance fund (to cover costs of all materials and service of our brushcutters and mower) had dropped to just a few hundred pounds – and it takes at least £1500 a year to cover all these expenses and more. To pay for replacement signage and other big items we always need to seek grants from various bodies, and your donation of £300 is a big help and will be put towards the costs of replacement of four large information panels that are beginning to show signs of deterioration and need re-designed and brought up to date.” Donations are always gratefully received, and allow the ACP Team to keep the Path in good order....
Dog Dirt is Offensive!

Dog Dirt is Offensive!

Dog owners may think they are doing well by picking up their pooches’ poo and putting in a nice little plastic bag. But just consider how our volunteers have to deal with it. This week over 100 bags of Dog Dirt, weighing over 30lbs – and many of them burst – were removed from just one Blue Bin near Croy by two of our Volunteers. A most unpleasant task! Another at Turnberry was also badly abused in this selfish manner. The Blue Bins have been a great success, with many beach walkers gathering rubbish and placing in the bins, but they are not for Dog Dirt.  It will be a big Environmental Set-back to our beautiful coastline if the ACP is forced to remove Blue Bins from beaches because they are abused by a minority of unsocial Dog Walkers. To this minority of Dog Owners – don’t leave others to do your dirty work! Take it home!  And many thanks to those volunteer Pathminders who clear the Blue Bins – and to all the caring walkers who litter-pick our remote beaches....
Surprising Donation

Surprising Donation

You never know where a donation might appear from! Out of the blue, we received a whopping £500 donation from Clair Ridge Welfare Team. Clair Ridge is an oil platform 75km west of Shetland, and through one of our Pathminders, they got to know about the Ayrshire Coastal Path, and how we were desperate for funds to allow us to continue our maintenance programme. Without any further correspondence, we received the donation. Thanks so much to the Clair Ridge team. It is worth having a a look at the excellent video on their website, showing the vast scale of the platform. Please note the above photo is not the actual Clair Ridge, which is much...
Improved path at Drumbain

Improved path at Drumbain

During the summer months when COVID lockdown finally eased, our Pathminders created a much-needed improvement north of Dunure at Drumbain – where walkers have had to negotiate several hundred metres of rough, rocky shore south of Drumbain waterfall. They have cut a new wide path through 300m of head-high, bracken jungle along the bank above the foreshore – which was previously impassable, and is now accessed by a flight of stone steps built up the bank just south of the waterfall, next to one of our Blue Bins. Now we have a level grassy path that is already much appreciated by our regular walkers After- 300m of good path Before – Drumbain...
What a success!

What a success!

On 11 November 2020, we launched our first ever Go Fund Me! As many of you will know, the ACP is managed and maintained by volunteers and we rely on donations to pay for equipment, tools and materials to carry out ongoing path maintenance. So if you have ever enjoyed a walk on the Ayrshire Coastal Path, this is your opportunity to support our work. If everyone who follows our work on Facebook was to donate the price of a cuppa, it would cover our costs for the coming year. Thanks a million! But the great news is that we reached our target in just 10 day! That was £1000, which allows us to continue our work erecting signs, and carrying out maintenance. All teh labour is done by the volunteer Pathminders, but we do need funds to buy equipment and...
Balkenna Bridge Additions Complete – Jan ‘20

Balkenna Bridge Additions Complete – Jan ‘20

The new bridge at Balkenna has now been provided with substantial handrails on both sides in order to satisfy safety concerns. The work was carried over the last few weeks by a willing squad of pathminders who also made improvement to the bridge approach paths and (most importantly) enjoyed the comfort (?) of the newly fitted-out resting place (the Balkenna Beild). The latter was made possible by the cooperation of DuPont Works who kindly gave us permission to adapt their old pump house next to Balkenna Bridge as a welcome, wet-weather, day-shelter for walkers on this exposed stretch of coast. The ACP also gratefully acknowledges the financial support for the handrail work from Wm Grant & Sons Ltd of Girvan through the Local Employees Forum. BACK-BREAKINGBOULDER-BARROWINGBRIDGE-BUILDINGCAKE ANYONE?THE...

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