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Local nature reserve scoops grant funding

March 14, 2017

Eastleigh Civic Offices

Hocombe Mead Local Nature Reserve at Chandler’s Ford, is set receive £28,000 towards much needed improvements thanks to a grant from The Veolia Environmental Trust.

The Trust has awarded Eastleigh Borough Council £28,000 to fund the installation of 88 metres of new boardwalks and two bridges in the reserve.  The Council’s Chandler’s Ford and Hiltingbury Local Area Committee (LAC) have also provided £7,000 towards this exciting scheme.

The new boardwalks and bridges will provide continued safe access for all the community to the reserve and its wet woodland, and will connect the reserve with the wider path network in the area. The structures will replace existing ones that are nearly 20 years old. They have deteriorated over the years and now can no longer be repaired.

The work will be managed by the Council’s countryside team, and be undertaken by contractors together with volunteers from The Friends of Hocombe Mead, an independent volunteer group that helps the borough council manage the reserve.

Chair of Chandler’s Ford and Hiltingbury LAC Cllr Pamela Holden-Brown, said:

‘This grant is great news for the reserve and the people that enjoy the plants and animals as they walk through this quiet peaceful area.

‘The new boardwalks and bridges will enable more people to visit, value and appreciate this hidden nature reserve.’

Work will now start to finalise the scheme’s details, including its start date, so that work can begin as soon as possible.

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