Left to right Cllr Richard Scott (Exmouth Town Council), Cllr Bruce De Saram (ETC), David Ford (General Manager for South & East Devon National Trust), Cllr Pauline Stott (East Devon District Council), Deputy Mayor of Exmouth Jeff Trail, Simon Timms (Regional Advisory Board member National Trust), Cllr Tim Dumper (ETC) and Peter Blyth (Lead Ranger East Devon National Trust). For more photographs please contact Sarah Baker, Visitor Services Manager on 01752 346585.

The new path at the National Trust’s Lower Halsdon Farm has been warmly welcomed by the town’s residents.

The path that links Exeter Road to the Exe Estuary Trail is already becoming an established route for local walkers, pushchair wheelers, mobility scooters, runners and cyclists. Local teams of volunteers helped with the creation of the path, planting trees and hedges, a great example of the National Trust’s commitment to working with local partners to value and open up local green spaces.

National and local funders included the Coastal Recycling Community Fund; 106 development funding from East Devon District Council and Exmouth Town Council; Sustrans; Dr and Mrs A Darlington Charitable Trust; and the National Trust Raleigh Centre.

£40,000 came from Section 106 sports money, which comes from contributions given towards sports projects by people who have created new homes in Exmouth.

Councillor Iain Chubb, East Devon District Council’s portfolio holder for the Environment, said

We worked closely with Exmouth Town Council a while ago to decide how £250,000 of available S106 sports funds was spent in the town. In this instance, local residents decided that £100,000 of it should be spent on providing and joining up cycle ways throughout Exmouth and funding part of the path is part of that result. It shows that local residents really can make a difference.

We are really excited to see the path is already getting so much use

adds Peter Blyth, Lead Ranger for the National Trust in East Devon

We’ve had lots a great feedback from people. It’s a great example of good partnership working and community support. We are really keen to look at opportunities like these and work with local groups to see where we can add value to people’s local green spaces.