Staff at Marwell Zoo along with corporate volunteers from Southern Scottish Energy (SSE) took to their spades renovating a bridleway on their land, after receiving funding from The British Horse Society and Hampshire County Council.
The zoo near Winchester, which is run by the charity Marwell Wildlife, is fortunate to have a network of Rights of Way which cross the semi-natural ancient woodlands and grasslands of its Estate, forming important access routes for the area.
The route has been well used by the local community but has been in need of renovation for some time to prevent further erosion and maintain a wearable surface for all users. The society provided £350 for the renovation through The British Horse Society Paths for Communities Fund, which was generously matched by Hampshire County Council.
The works included excavating a drainage ditch alongside the upper bridleway and diverting the water flow, marrying the different levels along its length, compacting a sub-base and providing a suitable flat and durable wearing course. The works were overseen and completed by Marwell Wildlife staff with the help of volunteer groups including SSE, whom we are hugely grateful for their help.
Historical maps show the bridleways have been on the land since the 17th century, and a Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM), lies adjacent to one of the bridleways, which was also once the only route towards the Grade I listed Marwell Hall and onto Bishops Waltham.