A ‘DONATE a Gate’ scheme has been launched by Ceredigion County Council to remember or commemorate special occasions.

Eifion Jones, from the public rights of way team, said: “We have regular requests to install memorial or commemorative benches along paths in the county, and while there are a few locations where this is appropriate and useful, in the most part something as formal as a garden bench can be intrusive and out of place in our wild and remote landscape.

“With this in mind, the team has launched a ‘Donate a Gate’ scheme.”

The idea came about after a member of the public got in touch to see if they could ‘adopt’ a path as a unique and unusual gift to mark the wedding of some close friends, who are keen walkers in the area.

Not being something that had been done in Ceredigion before, it seemed wrong to turn down the chance of being able to carry out work which, without this donation, may not have been possible right now.

The team came up with the suggestion of buying a pedestrian gate to replace a ‘past its best’ kissing gate on the coast path.

If you’re looking for a way to mark an occasion, remember a loved one, promote your business or for an unusual gift, then you could consider donating towards a piece of furniture or stretch of path.

The scheme is not restricted to gates and will include waymarking posts, bridges and flights of steps at the discretion of the Rights of Way team. These could be on a path which is near to your home or has a special significance to someone on the iconic Ceredigion Coast Path.

A plaque can be placed on the item with appropriate wording recognising the donation as part of the installation process.

For further information, contact community access officer Jill Lowry at Jill.Lowry@ceredigion.gov.uk or 01545 574140