Footpath Erosion We’re all guilty of it. The path is muddy, lose or just awkward so we step across onto the flat grass on the side of the path. It’s easier to walk on, our boots stay clean and we’re less Likely to twist an ankle. Harmless right? Wrong. When a patch of foliage is trodden on hundreds of times, the flora is damaged beyond recovery. Once the Flora, and it’s roots, are gone, there is nothing to hold soil together. It rains and water flows along the surface, washing away loosened soil. This happens over and over, often after a prolonged period of time resulting in trenches and scars on the landscape.
What is being done? Many national parks work hard to manage footpath erosion by laying footpaths, often costing thousands of pounds, in order to encourage walkers to stick to the paths and reduce further damage. Fences are erected and grass seed planted to help areas regenerate.
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