Joint Task with Eastleigh Ramblers
Hamble Conservation Volunteers
There has been concern for some time over the condition of the Solent Coastal Way Footpath on Hamble Common where it borders Hamble Point Marina. During the winter months it can become very difficult to traverse as it becomes waterlogged with deep mud. Unless one has come prepared with wellingtons it is virtually impassable forcing those who are using the footpath as a means of travel to find an alternative route. Since the Common is a site of scientific interest it is not possible to divert the footpath onto the Common so a way of improving the existing path had to be found. It might seem that a raised boardwalk would be the answer but Eastleigh Borough Council explained to us that the cost of ongoing maintenance of boardwalks is high and the clincher, they tend to be vandalised and even used for fires!
So it was decided that the following steps would be taken:
1 The drainage ditch next to the Marina boundary would be cleared of debris so that flood water would flow away faster.
2 A minor change to the path to move it away from the edge of the drainage ditch would be made requiring some cutting back of vegetation.
3 Gravel would be laid to firm up the path and ease drainage.
We have made a sound start on the first 2 steps but it will require a number of sessions to complete the task. Access to plant is severly restricted so it is primarily a manual task and there is virtually no limit to the number of people who could be employed on this task.
If you are unable to join us perhaps Eastleigh Rambers programme is more suited to your circumstances, details of their activities can be gained at https://www.eastleighramblers.org.uk/
Find Hamble Conservation Volunteers
Hamble Point Car Park, School Lane, Hamble-Le-Rice, Southampton, Hampshire, SO31 4NB