Deadwater Valley Boardwalk pressTwo walkways through the Deadwater Valley Local Nature Reserve in Whitehill & Bordon have been opened after being installed over the summer.

The Meadow View Boardwalk and a new gangway in Alexandra Park were officially opened on Tuesday 8 September.

The Deadwater Valley Local Nature Reserve is an essential wildlife corridor between the Special Protection Areas of Woolmer Forest to the south and Broxhead Common to the north.

The Deadwater Valley Trust received £69,000 from East Hampshire District Council to improve sections of the paths as an integral part of the Green Loop, which will eventually run throughout the existing town and the new development areas. The work was carried out by two local contractors Morton:Pattison and Gecko Designs.

EHDC Chairman, Cllr Tony Muldoon, and Mrs Eileen Grinter, a Meadow View resident, formally opened the Meadow View Boardwalk and then crossed Jubilee Park to open the gangway.

Dr Bill Wain, Chairman of the Deadwater Valley Trust, said: “This work at Meadow View has been a long time coming and will complete an essential part of the pathways in the reserve as well as confirming the place of the reserve in the eventual Green Loop for the town.”

Cllr Sally Pond, Mayor of Whitehill, said: “I am so pleased that these very important works have been achieved and wish to thank the Deadwater Valley Trust for their hard work and commitment to the town.”

Cllr Tony Muldoon, Chairman of EHDC said: “The restored pathways look fantastic and will be an asset to the reserve.

“I am delighted EHDC could provide the funding to allow these works to go ahead and look forward to seeing walkers regularly use them as part of Whitehill & Bordon’s new Green Loop.”

Paul Pattison, director of contractor Morton:Pattison, said: “It was great to be involved in a project that helps people to access the natural environment in their local area. The Deadwater Valley is a valuable recreational resource as well a haven for wildlife.”

Dan Youngs, of Gecko Designs, said: “As a local company based in Whitehill I was delighted to quote for a boardwalk for the Deadwater Valley Trust. “I use the area regularly and it is nice to see work has been done and hopefully will encourage more people to use the area.”