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Buttsash Woodland Walk reopens in time for the holidays

Buttsash Woodland walk reopens A newly improved accessible walking route through Buttsash Wood in Hythe was opened on 24 July by Cllr Edward Heron, New Forest District Council's portfolio holder for Planning and Infrastructure and Hampshire County Council's executive member for Countryside and Rural Affairs.

900m of footpath has been resurfaced with a hard wearing hoggin finish enabling it to be used throughout the year, including many areas that previously became waterlogged and very muddy. Several new boardwalks made from recycled plastic have replaced existing disintegrating wooden crossings over small channels and streams. Overhanging vegetation has also been cut back in some areas to give a clearer route.

The £70,000 improvement scheme was part of our Greenway project to improve recreational walking routes across the district. The Greenway project is funded by contributions paid by developers as part of any new residential development. Hampshire County Council's countryside team carried out the works.

Councillor Heron said:

"The idea behind these enhanced walking routes being developed through New Forest District Council's Greenway scheme is to help encourage residents, particularly dog walkers, to use these walking routes, thereby reducing the number of visits that might otherwise be made to the most sensitive areas of the New Forest National Park. I am delighted that this route has been completed in time for people and their pets to enjoy it during the school summer holidays.

"Hampshire County Council's access team works hard across the county to ensure as many people as possible can access the countryside, maintaining and improving the network of paths that is so much valued by all our communities. By working collaboratively with district councils and other partners, the team can quickly identify specific local needs. By improving surfaces, bridges and gateways on the paths very close to people's homes, we can make a real difference to people's daily lives, and encourage them to spend more regular time enjoying the countryside."

Published: 1 Aug 2019
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