A stretch of ancient woodland track damaged by irresponsible off-road drivers has had a chance to recover thanks to a closure order by Norfolk County Council.
For the last six months, Back Lane in Shimpling, an ancient woodland track which forms part of the long distance footpath Boudicca Way, has been closed while tonnes of soil have been used to fill in the ruts to restore the path to its original condition, Burston and Shimpling parish councillor Nigel Frankland said.
As reported in the Diss Express in June, the quiet track is favoured by horses, cyclists and walkers but had been badly damaged by four-wheel drivers using the path for off-road sport. On two occasions, bollards, which were installed at both ends of the track to prevent vehicular access, were ripped out.
Mr Frankland said these were presently being reinforced to resist further attempts to remove them.
“The track needs further time to recover,” he said. “If more vehicles were to use the track in the coming winter months, all the good work that has been done in the summer will be completely undone.”
Mr Frankland said Norfolk County Council had now obtained the approval of the Secretary of State for a further extension of the closure order, until March next year.