The walkers’ passport launches on 1st May 2019, just before our 50th anniversary AGM on 4th May. The stamping station boxes are almost ready for delivery, manufactured by local Knighton Men’s Shed and the individual stamps are work-in-progress being designed. The Offa’s Dyke Association is very grateful to Natural Resources Wales for financially sponsoring the manufacture of both.
The stamping stations, with just two more waiting to be confirmed, are as follows, from north to south:
Nova Centre Prestatyn; Bodfari community notice board; Llandegla community shop; Carreg y Big farm; Beacon Ring hillfort; Offa’s Dyke Centre Knighton; Hergest Croft Gardens; LLangattock Lingoed Church; Redbrook village store; Chepstow TIC.
The Passport costs £5.00 + 99p p&p and is available for pre-order, with delivery by the end of January, from the Offa’s Dyke Centre (01547 528753). They will also soon be available via the on-line shop on this website. A new achievers’ certificate and blue enamel and gold badge are also in the process of being designed.
There are annual costs associated with running the Passport but once the expenses have been met then the aim is to use the surplus towards paying for conservation projects the length of the Dyke and National Trail. Walkers will effectively be making a donation towards the long term conservation and welfare of the monument.
In the past two years the Conservation Fund has made four grants, with one more in the pipeline, towards conservation works along the Path and Dyke. So far the money has come from our charitable reserves but our aim is to increase the amount available for conservation projects and for that to happen we need the Passport to be a success.
Walking companies interested in selling the passports to their customers should contact the ODA on 01547 528753.