Work has started on a new trail that will take visitors on a tour of the unique history, character, and ecology of the Hamble Peninsula, incorporating the parishes of Bursledon, Hamble-le-Rice and Hound.
Schofield Groundworks are installing the Parish posts, wayfinding markers and maps for the new Hamble Peninsula Trails that will be available for families to discover in the coming months.
The Hamble Peninsula offers a dazzling mix that encompasses historic shipbuilding, pioneering aviation, sailing, railways, early industries and agriculture, ancient monuments, and warfare, together with a natural environment that encompasses shoreline, ancient woodland, riverside and heathland.
The project has been funded through the South Western Railway Customer and Communities Improvement Fund and developer contributions made to Eastleigh Borough Council from local development schemes. Designed by a local creative collaboration led by People Place Nature Ltd, the series of self-guided trails use artworks and specially crafted wayfinding markers to help people explore and celebrate the richly diverse heritage and nature of this very special part of the Borough of Eastleigh.
Cabinet Member for Health, Councillor Tonia Craig said, “The trails are a brilliant way for families to get out in the fresh air and enjoy some of the beautiful countryside, whilst also learning a bit more about the area. The artists have done an incredible job of creating these pieces of work that show some of the natural environment and ancient history that the peninsula has to offer.”
To mark the launch of these fantastic trails there will be a free family activity day taking place along the pathways with staff from the Council and Itchen Valley Country Park coming together to engage young people about the nature and history of their local area.