Published: March 28, 2009
New footpath to top of Brent Knoll is officially opened

Walking to the top of Brent Knoll is now a lot easier thanks to the completion of an £11,000 project to introduce new steps and a footpath.

Delighted villagers and councillors held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday morning (March 28th) to officially open the new route, as pictured here. was first to report last December how a County Council funded scheme was underway to make the existing muddy path between St Michael's Church to the top of the Knoll easier to use.

Brand new steps strengthened with wood have been installed from halfway up to the top, in addition to the clearing of footpaths and hedges.

The project is being funded with £6,000 from Somerset County Council and £5,000 from County Councillor Alan Ham's Community Initiatives Grant.

Three children from Brent Knoll Primary School - Florence Human, Katie Thomas and Sebastian Woodward - were chosen to cut the ribbon on Saturday alongside Brent Knoll Parish Council Chairman Peter Osborn.

District Councillor Bob Filmer, who was at Saturday's event, told "Many people walk up the Knoll and enjoy the fresh air and great views and we've therefore wanted to improve this path for a long time but have not had the funding."

"The path was overgrown and access was getting increasingly tricky. We're over the moon that the work to introduce new steps, clear scrub and cut back hedges is now complete."

And Cllr Peter Osborn added: "There are many people who could no longer walk up the Knoll because of the state of the path, but it will soon be accessible to all again. We're grateful to the County Council, Cllr Ham, landowner Mike Diamond and all the parishes that supported this scheme."

Our photos show the official opening of the new Brent Knoll footpath on Saturday


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