Job Done - Pathway creation at Hengistbury Head Nature Reserve

Project: Creating pathways on exposed clifftop site
Client: Bournemouth Borough Council
Contractor: Minster Macadams

An archaeologically important site on the south coast has been given extra protection against wear and tear from thousands of visitors. Bournemouth Borough Council contracted Dorset surfacing firm Minster Macadams to provide landscaping to the pathways at Hengistbury Head Nature Reserve.

The nature reserve, which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Scheduled Ancient Monument, needed new pathways to protect it from erosion.

Minster Macadams used 200 tonnes of Natratex with 6mm of Fawley gravel at Hengistbury Head. Managing director Steve Murzell said: "The existing gravel pathway had become worn and muddy, forcing visitors to stray from the path onto the heathland. "

Seven contractors worked on the project for a week, after carrying out initial work on a small stretch of the exposed headland last year.

Murzell added: "It was very challenging to work in a cliffside location and get lorry-loads of material up there. We did have quite good conditions though."

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