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Your Countryside from HCC

  • Author: Hampshire County Council
  • Published: 17th December 2017
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Latest issue of HCC Your Countryside:- 

Issue 6
December 2017
Access Hampshire
The Access Team would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and thank you for all your support this year 
Welcome to the sixth edition ...

Since the last issue the teams have finished their summer vegetation cuts and are now working on the winter work programme of signage repairs, hard winter vegetation cut backs, surfacing and bridges.

Our volunteers have been working very hard across the county racking up over 3000! hours since our last edition. Very impressive!! The volunteers have been completing an array of different tasks from site inspections, vegetation clearance, installing kissing gates, surfacing work and installing sleeper bridges. Many thanks to all our volunteers!!

Photos below: Top image - Alton Ramblers installing sleeper bridges in Kingsley. Next Two: Chilbolton parish Volunteers clearing vegetation on the Marks Way. Next three: SSE make the difference volunteers surfacing in Havant. Last image: Winchester Ramblers installing surfacing on a well used path by the river Itchen in Winchester. 

The Rural Communities Fund 
Hampshire County Councils ‘Rural Communities Fund’ now includes our former Small Grants Scheme. The Rural Communities Fund supports Parish Councils, groups and organisations in rural Hampshire and small market towns. The priorities of the scheme are to build community resilience and encourage self-help.
You can apply to the Countryside Access theme of the fund for match funding towards projects to improve countryside access such as stiles to gates, surfacing, mapboards and leaflets. Applications are now submitted online and accepted throughout the year, for more information use the button below to visit the webpage. Please get in touch if you have a similar project, want to discuss a project idea or need some support in completing the form. 
Rural Communities Fund 
Surfacing the Clarendon Way with Sparholt College students

A massive thank you to three groups of Sparsholt College Countryside Management and Conservation students who have been out with the Central East Access team recently improving a section of the Clarendon way. The Clarendon Way is a 24 mile long distance route linking the cathedral cities of Salisbury and Winchester.  This section of the route had become channelled due to its steep nature and the vegetation growth. The students have cleared back the vegetation, reprofiled and laid a new surface. The new surface is held in place using wooden boards to prevent future erosion.

For more information on the Clarendon Way:…/countryside/…/clarendonwa

(Pictured below: top left - path before works, top right path after, bottom left digging out for board installation & bottom right - filling inbetween boards with scalpings)

Seasonal spotlight
At this time of year, as more rain falls and there is less sunshine, we receive increased reports of paths being wet and muddy.  Many of our paths form rural routes through woodlands and fields so this is to be expected.  Why not  don your wellies and hats and go and explore our beautiful county on a lovely frosty morning.
If you are a landowner it is a great time of year to ensure that your ditches are clear to help reduce flooding and run off.

 winter garden

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