Small Grants Scheme projects
The Small Grants Scheme provides funding for projects to improve or promote countryside access. Priority is given to practical improvements to rights of way and open access land.
Typical projects include:
- Path Surfacing - provide a better surface by improving drainage, clearing vegetation and applying new surfacing material.
- Replacing stiles with gates - improve access for disabled users, those with limited mobility and users with pushchairs and young children.
- Installation of a boardwalk or bridge - provide access across a boggy area, or a crossing over a ditch or stream.
- Benches – enhance your local paths with the addition of a bench.
- Leaflets – encourage access to the countryside with a professionally designed leaflet with a map showing paths and circular routes for walking, cycling and riding in your local area. You can also include information on local history and wildlife, as well as details of local pubs, cafes, shops and visitor attractions.
- Mapboards - encourage access to the countryside with a professionally designed mapboard in a wood or metal frame, showing a map of local rights of way and access areas, together with information on the wildlife and history of your area.
See Project Guidance for more information.
|Applicant||Scheme||Project Description||Grant Paid||Match Funding|
|Alton TC||Access||Revise and update the popular circular walks leaflet.||£361||£361 (PC)|
|Badger Farm PC||Biodiversity||Scrub clearance on Bushfield Camp A (SINC), an area of Chalk Grassland.||£1,202||£1,803|
|Beaulieu Estate||Access||Surfacing and drainage work to improve FP 2, part of the Solent way and the main route for pedestrians between Bucklers Hard and Keeping Trees. Part of a £22,000 project.||£5,000||£12,080 (Beaulieu Estate) £5,000 (NPA)|
|Bentworth PC||Access||Resurface FP 7, a well used link to the village green, church and school from the High Street, avoiding a busy road with no pavement.||£1,597||£1,597|
|Binstead PC||Biodiversity||Set up of volunteer group (tools) for Lodge Inclosure (SINC), an area of Ancient Semi-Natural Woodland.||£1,408||£2,111|
|Bishops Waltham PC||Access||Replace three stiles with gates and complete surface improvements on FP 43. This is a well used path, with improvements aimed at benefiting the elderly and users accessing Priory Park Pavilion which houses Tiddlywinks Pre-School.||£1,225.42||£1,225.42|
|Breamore PC||Access||Access improvements to the former railway line at Breamore including a gate, benches (to be made from local timber), two mapboards and three culverts to improve drainage.||£2,000||£2400 (Cranborne Chase AONB) £1000 (NPA)|
|Burghclere PC||Access||Replace worn boardwalk with sleepers; work to be completed by experienced volunteer group.||£194.22||£146 (PC) 28 volunteer hours|
|Burghclere PC||Access||Clearance of ditches at the junction of FP 10 and BOAT 37. These are well used paths, currently prone to flooding in the winter months. Work to be completed by volunteers from Groundwork Solent.||£300.09||£300 (PC)|
|Burghclere PC||Biodiversity||Scrub clearance of birch, pine and rhododendron on Earlstone Common (SINC), an area of Heathland.||£1,018.75||£1,153.50|
|Access||Buriton PC||Surface improvements on BW 4, a well used link for walkers, cyclists and horse riders between the village, QECP and the South Downs Way.||£4,500 (HLF)||£4,500 (HLF)|
|Deadwater Valley Trust||Access||Surface improvements to the path and car park at the Deadwater Valley Local Nature Reserve.||£713.56||£713.56 (DVT)|
|Denmead PC||Access||Production of an updated ‘Exploring…’ leaflet to feature circular walks. This will contribute to the Parish’s Healthy Walks initiatives.||£425||£425 (PC)|
|East Woodhay PC||Access||Installation of boardwalk on a boggy section of FP 9, an important link to the Village Hall.||£3,629.80||£3,630|
|East Woodhay PC||Access||Extension to boardwalk work completed on FP 9.||£4,965||£4965 (AONB)|
& Bishops Green PC
|Access||Provision of a mapboard beside the village pond to promote use of the rights of way network||£287.50||£287.50 (PC)|
|Enham Alamein & Smannell PC||Access||Replace existing fencing on FP 717, ensuring an increased width and access to kissing gate. Forms part of a circular walk and route to school.||£1,305||£1,305 (PCs)|
|Fair Oak & Horton Heath PC||Access||Construction of a boardwalk and gates to provide a new permissive footpath linking Lapstone Playing Fields to Lapstone Farm.||£4,625||£4,625 (PC)|
|Fareham BC||Access||Surface improvements on a 50m stretch of BW 27. This section is currently badly eroded and waterlogged.||£1,100||£1050 (FBC)|
|Fawley PC||Access||Provision of three gates for the recently dedicated footpath at Warren Copse.||£698.15||£270.05 (PC) £112 (NPA) volunteer hours|
|Fawley PC||Biodiversity||Woodland Management (ride widening/thinning/coppicing) at Warren Copse (SINC), an area of Ancient Semi-Natural Woodland.||£1,830||£1,830|
|Fleet TC||Biodiversity||Pond maintenance including silt removal and clearance of overhanging trees to increase light reaching the pond at Oakley Park Wood (SINC). The pond supports the county rare Greater Duckweed and nationally scarce Greater Bladderwort.||£1,475||£1,475|
|Hartley Wintney PC||Access||Surface improvements on the entire length of FP 507. This path becomes impassable following wet weather. The path is an important link to a bus stop.||£840||£840 (PC)|
|Headley PC||Biodiversity||Preparation of ten year Woodland Management Plan for Arford Common (SINC), an area of woodland and Heathland.||£675||£450|
|Horndean PC||Biodiversity||Scrub clearance of bramble, gorse and birch on Hazelton Common (SINC), an area of Heathland.||£312.76||£0|
|Hound PC||Access||Production of an ‘Exploring ….’ Leaflet, to be made available at the Parish Office, Community Halls, Post Office and library.||£500||£500 (LAC)|
|Itchen Valley PC||Access||Resurface sections of a muddy footpath (FP 31) and replace a stile with a gate on FP 32.||£311.25||£103.75 (PC) 17 volunteer hours|
|Longparish PC||Access||Upgrade four existing kissing gates on FP 14 and 16 to allow wheelchair/pushchair access.||£277.64||£115.68 75 volunteer hours|
|Overton PC||Access||Production of an ‘Exploring..’ leaflet, which will be distributed to all residents in the Parish and made available at the Parish Office, Post Office and Village Hall.||£425||£425 (PC)|
|Steep PC||Access||Surface improvements on FP 20, a popular route for children walking to school. It also forms part of the Hangers Way.||£1,425||£1,400|
|Steep PC||Access||Surface improvements on BW 16, currently impassable by horse riders.||£2,000||£469 volunteer hours|
|Steep PC||Biodiversity||Woodland Management (coppicing/interpretation/non native species clearance/habitat piles/nest boxes) in Northfield Wood (SINC), an area of Ancient Semi-Natural Woodland.||£3,302.50||£5,650|
|Swanmore PC||Access||Provide mapboards in each of the three open spaces in the village. The Parish currently maintain the areas and have previously provided permissive paths and a boardwalk using SGS funding.||£925||£923 (PC)|
|Swanmore PC||Access||Replace vandalised wooden gate at the end of FP9 with a metal kissing gate. This will help prevent misuse of Brook Meadow, a designated SINC and dog walking area.||£206||£206 (PC)|
|Swanmore PC||Access||Surface improvements on FP 9, currently very muddy following bad weather. Footpath provides a route to school as well as forming part of the Pilgrims Trail and a circular route used by locals and ramblers.||£3,990||£3,990 (PC)|
|Swanmore PC||Biodiversity||Restoration of neglected species rich hedgerow on Brook Meadow (SINC), an area of Neutral Grassland.||£2,608||£1,117.25|
|Thruxton PC||Access||Surface improvements on FP 501 and FP 4, both used daily as routes to school and by elderly residents and dog walkers. Paths are currently seen to be hazardous with large muddy pot-holes. Work to be completed by volunteers.||£113.01||£37.67 (PC) 52 vol hrs|
|Tiptoe Green Trust||Access||Creation of village open space, including a wildlife area, wildflower meadows and an all weather circular path.||£3,824.70||£1,912.36 (donations) £1,912.36 (NPA) 112 vol hrs|
|Trailwatch||Access||Provision of a mapboard showing cycle routes in the popular Alice Holt Forest.||£245||£245 (FC/Trailwatch)|
|West End PC||Access||Provision of two mapboards to raise awareness of countryside areas and paths (a priority in the Parish plan) which the PC feel are underused.||£575||£575 (donations)|
|West End PC||Biodiversity||Scrub clearance (willow and birch) and scalloping of bramble on Hatch Grange Meadows (SINC), an area of Semi-Natural Neutral Grassland.||£420||£420|
|Wherwell PC||Access||Production of three mapboards and ‘Exploring…’ leaflets to help promote use of the network. Part of a wider project that would hope to use further SGS funding.||£1,112.50||£1112.50 (PC)|
|Whitehill TC||Biodiversity||Clearance of birch and pine, cutting/raking mature heather and purple moor grass from Alexandra Park (SINC), an area of Heathland.||£720||£720|
|TOTAL 43 projects||64668.85||£77,489.60 Volunteer hours|