Work has begun to clear an old railway line which will get a new lease of life as a heritage trail in Gedling.
Network Rail sent workers over to start clearing the old colliery line behind the former Gedling Station building, which will allow work to eventually begin on creating a new Gedling Heritage Way, linking footpaths across the borough and taking walkers past some of the area’s most historic sites.
The Heritage Way would follow the former GNR track linking it to Netherfield Lagoons in one direction, whilst also providing a through route to the new Chase Farm housing development and Gedling Country Park and on towards Lambley Dumbles.
Plans to also transform the former Gedling Station building into a heritage centre are also moving at pace.
A committee has been set up and are progressing with plans to use the site on Shearing Hill to house a ‘Tolkien Tea Room” for walkers and cyclists using the new trail also have space for community and youth groups to use for meetings and activities.
Francis Rodrigues, who is chair of Gedling Youth Club Management Committee, told Gedling Eye: “We have just submitted a lottery grant application, which if won, will pay for a number of surveys that need to happen so we can make the building safe for public use.”
A crowdfunding site has also been set up to help support the station project.
You can donate funds here: https://www.gofundme.com/restoration-of-gedling-youth-amp-community-hub/donate?pc=wd_md_donate_r