Improvements to Hocombe Mead Local Nature Reserve at Chandler’s Ford are now complete after the donation of a £28,000 grant from The Veolia Environmental Trust.
The grant funded 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 to provide 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 work was undertaken by contractors Aquascience Ltd together with volunteers from The Friends of Hocombe Mead, an independent volunteer group that helps the Council manage the reserve.
Chair of Chandler’s Ford and Hiltingbury LAC Councillor Pamela Holden-Brown, said:
‘I’m really delighted with the new boardwalks that were made possible with the support of the Veolia Environmental Trust. It’s 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.’
Photo Caption: Cllr Pamela Holden-Brown officially opens the Hocombe Mead boardwalks (centre) with Chairman of friends of Hocombe Mead, Hazel Lankester (right) and the project team .