£75k improvements to Flexford Nature Reserve get under way next month
Improvements to footpaths, bridges, and waterways will make it more accessible to visitors
Flexford Nature Reserve near Chandler’s Ford will be temporarily closed from Monday 5 September as a £75,000 improvement project gets under way.
We are investing funding from the New Home Bonus to enhance this popular local beauty spot with works to improve the footpaths, bridges, and waterways and make it more accessible to visitors.
Working in partnership with the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, the works at Flexford Nature Reserve will reinstate and improve footpath surfaces throughout the site to ensure the area is safe and accessible for local people to enjoy in the future. There will also be new interpretation and Information panels, together with improvements to signage with information about the history of the site, including the animals and plants that can be found there. The work will also increase biodiversity of the area and save hundreds of trees with exposed roots, protect and improve riverbanks and ultimately lead to a more sustainable green area.
The work is set to last for six weeks, with the area remaining closed for the duration of the maintenance work, but the time frame might be extended due to adverse weather or other unforeseen circumstances.
The Chair of Chandler’s Ford and Hiltingbury Local Area Committee, Councillor James Duguid said: “We’re looking forward to the work starting at this popular site to make these improvements to the footpaths and waterways. We aim to have the site reopened as quickly as possible for visitors to come back and continue to enjoy this beautiful nature reserve.”