Public access to some of Hampshire’s most stunning countryside in the South Downs has been secured.
Hampshire County Council has agreed to award £13,810 in funding to the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA), to help ensure that members of the public can continue to access land and bridleways at Corhampton Lane Farm, also known as Corhampton Gallops, over the next four years.
Hampshire County Council Leader and Executive Member for Policy and Resources, Councillor Keith Mans, said: “The health and wellbeing benefits of spending time outdoors cannot be understated.
“The County Council is committed to investing in Hampshire’s countryside, and public access for residents to enjoy it, wherever possible. We recognise that Corhampton Gallops and its 10km of permissive bridleways play an important role in the local community as a recreational space for horse riders, walkers and mountain bikers.
“As the Local Authority, we are pleased to be able to support the SDNPA through our Invest in Hampshire Fund, to ensure that permissive access to this highly valued local resource can continue for another four years, until anticipated funding under the Environmental Land Management Scheme becomes available to safeguard it for future years.”
The £13,810 grant awarded to the SDNPA forms part of the County Council’s Investing in Hampshire Fund, which provides grants to specific projects for the improvement or maintenance of assets or facilities within Hampshire.