Clearing the footpath on Shawford Down
Footpath Working Party: Wednesday 4 September
On a fine early September morning, John Wilkinson assembled a group of 7 or 8 volunteer parishioners to help clear the top end of the path from Southdown Road across Shawford Down to Shawford Station.
Help was provided by personnel from Hampshire County Council’s Countryside Services Department. They had arranged for 4 tons of scalpings to be delivered, and had brought along a handy powered wheelbarrow to move the scalpings into place.
By lunchtime the section of the path most likely to become muddy had been cleared. The scalpings had been laid and tamped down, raising the level of the path as much as possible with the amount of scalpings available.
And by the afternoon the site had been cleared, ready for walkers, joggers and commuters to enjoy an easier path and the lovely views across the Down and the Itchen Valley.