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Sustran’s National Cycle Network is like Pukka: good for people, plants and planet

7th March 2016

Pukka Herbs is partnering with the sustainable transport charity, Sustrans. Julian Hall, Sustran’s Director of Fundraising & Retail, explains the importance of the National Cycle Network (which the charity created and manages) and how Pukka is working in partnership to help enhance and grow it.

The National Cycle Network (NCN) passes within a mile of half of all UK homes and now stretches over 14,000 miles across the length and breadth of the UK. Almost five million people use the National Cycle Network, and despite its name, the Network isn't just for cyclists, it’s also popular with walkers, joggers, wheelchair users and horse riders too.

Some facts about the Network:

  • Half of all trips made on the National Cycle Network are by walkers
  • Over 27 million trips on the Network are made by children travelling to and from school
  • 20% of cyclists using the Network are new to cycling or starting to cycle again
  • Over 85% of people who use the National Cycle Network feel fitter as a result
  • Over 50% of people using the Network felt it helped them to save money

Sustrans also want to ensure that journeys on the National Cycle Network are memorable, and more than just a way of getting from A to B. That’s why we commission local artists to develop artwork on the routes. And it’s why we are working hard to conserve wildlife and habitats, ensuring that the National Cycle Network is a place where biodiversity thrives.

A Pukka place

Sustrans is thrilled to be teaming up with Pukka. Our partnership makes total sense as we share the same mission: to ensure healthy people, plants and planet.

As part of our partnership, Pukka and Sustrans will be creating Pukka Places, regenerating run down areas of Network and creating habitats for wildlife that also celebrate herbs and the beneficial impact they can have on our health and wellbeing. The first Pukka Place will be in Lower Sydenham and the work is already underway.

Safeguarding the NCN

Following the wettest winter on record Sustrans also need help to keep it maintained and open for all. The chances are you’ll have used the Network and enjoyed the safe, traffic-free paths and quiet on-road cycling and walking routes that connect every major town and city across the UK.

Sustrans spends at least £1.3 million a year carrying out essential maintenance on those paths and routes it owns or manages, including iconic stretches of the famous C2C route.  This year they’re also grappling with record breaking levels of rainfall and severe flooding which have damaged vital parts of the Network. The challenges we face range from clearing ditches and replacing fencing to removing debris and reinstating bridges. Only with the mammoth efforts of our maintenance teams and volunteers we can begin to restore pathways and bridges that have experienced major flood damage.

Can you help?

If you would like to make a donation and help Sustrans safeguard the paths and routes of the National Cycle Network please visit http://www.sustrans.org.uk/support-us/donate-now

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