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Volunteers pave the way! (well, board the way!)

Posted: Friday 19th August 2016 by Nature Notes

Volunteers are doing a great job building over 100 metres of boardwalk to help improve visitor access at Chobham Common!

In the spring SWT successfully applied for a grant from SITA Trust (Accessing Nature Funding Programmed) to improve public access on Chobham from Fishpool car park through to Old Slade.

The grant application outlined a program of track and path improvements to encourage visitors to explore this area whilst sticking to the paths to reduce habitat disturbance.

Over 100m of boardwalks are being constructed by teams of volunteers and over half have already been built! The finished boardwalk should be a real showcase for the abilities and achievements of our dedicated volunteer teams that already regularly give their time and skills to help the Trust.

Corporate volunteers have also contributed to building the boardwalks on several Environmental Challenge Days, which have proved a great success for teambuilding and for making a tangible contribution to the NNR. The completed board walk will take visitors through wet woodland, past a network of ponds to rejoin the open heath and path network.

The Rectangular Bee Garden will also be a point of interest on the improved route, with some interpretive signage looking at this and other historical features in the area. The project work will continue into the autumn, to be completed by February 2017.

A huge thank you to everyone involved. Keep up the good work!

More about the Chobham Common access improvements >>

 Steve Fry

SWT Senior Ranger

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