Hythe Quarry Gravel Paves the Way for Ancient Woodland


Hythe Quarry has helped to pave footpaths in Warren Copse, an ancient woodland in Fawley, Hampshire, by donating 10 tonnes of specialist path gravel.

Warren Copse, a 13-acre site, was purchased by Fawley Parish Council as a Public Amenity in 2009 to compliment Holbury Manor which it already owned. Warren Copse, also known as Bluebell Wood, is an ancient and semi-natural woodland housing Oak, Ash, Beech, Cheery, Birch and Hazel trees.

The volunteers responsible for managing the site, the Warren Copse and Holbury Manor Conservation Group, were keen to improve the footpaths by using locally sourced path gravel. TJ Transport, operators of Forest Lodge (Hythe Quarry), donated 10 tonnes of a specialist gravel blend ideally suited for natural paths.

A member of the conservation group, Eddie Holtham, said “I’d like to thank TJ Transport for the Donation. The wood has not been managed for nearly 100 years and this morning we have been coppicing an area of Hazel to try and bring it back to its normal life cycle.”

To find out more about the conservation group and their work, visit: https://www.fawleyparishcouncil.org.uk/warren-copse-and-holbury-manor-conservation-group/