New bridge improves access to Braywick Park
Published: Monday, 17th September 2018
Pupils and park users will benefit from easier access to their school and Braywick Park in Maidenhead, after the opening of a pedestrian and cycle bridge over the Cut.
The new crossing, named Margaret’s Bridge in honour of local rambler and campaigner Margaret Bowdery MBE, links the park to Bray Road next to Oldfield School.
An unveiling ceremony took place on Monday 17 September with invited guests from across the borough, including the Prime Minister and Maidenhead MP Theresa May, Cllr Paul Lion the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, members of Margaret’s family, Maidenhead Civic Society and local ramblers groups.
Theresa May said: “Margaret Bowdery’s tenacity meant something to me because she ensured that spaces were opened up for people to be able to enjoy the countryside and their local environment; I think Margaret’s bridge is a fine addition to Maidenhead.”
Cllr Samantha Rayner, the council’s cabinet member for culture and communities, added: “Margaret’s Bridge has created an easy and convenient way for residents and schoolchildren to get through to Braywick Park and enjoy all the wonderful facilities there, including Braywick Leisure Centre when it’s completed.
“Its construction complements the existing green landscape and ensures that a much needed crossing doesn’t detract from the natural surroundings.
“I’m delighted we’ve been able to honour the memory of Margaret Bowdery and pay this small tribute to all her tireless work, to make sure everyone is able to enjoy the wonderful countryside on our doorstep.”
The bridge was assembled off-site, hoisted onto concrete supports and is either side of the Cut, allowing access to and from the park without needing to walk north to the Green Lane crossing, or south to Hibbert Road. There are also ramps either side to gain access to it.
It links into the Green Way footpath that runs from Cookham, through the countryside north of Maidenhead and down to Bray.
Margaret Bowdery was a founder member and prominent figure in the East Berkshire Ramblers and campaigned for much of her life to improve and maintain access to the countryside across the borough and beyond. She sadly died in 2016.