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Bewley sponsors Overton Walking Group to help keep walkways in the countryside clear

4 Apr 2023

When the Overton Walking Group needed some vital funding to support a new project, it approached Bewley Homes who are building a new development in the village.


The award-winning housebuilder was only too happy to help out by donating £500 which will go towards a shed which will store all the tools needed to keep the walkways clear and passable.


The walking group uses all the footpaths and by ways, around Overton, and has instigated a footpath clearing team, which operating in conjunction with the Hampshire Countryside team and the Parish council to keep the paths in a decent state for walkers.


John Troman, Chairman of Overton Walking Group, commented: “It was a really nice gesture by Bewley Homes to support our fundraising to build a shed for all of our tools. These are absolutely essential to keep the walkways clear of debris and brambles.


“Overton enjoys a significant benefit in that there are many footpaths in all directions from Overton that extend through some lovely countryside.  The footpaths require a high degree of maintenance throughout the year – in summer months grass cutting and trimming the overgrowth of vegetation and in winter months maintenance and replacement of footpath furniture including gates, hand rails, fitting, replacing steps, and removal of fallen branches and trees.



“We encourage everyone to enjoy the many health benefits of walking, while having fun with friends in the fresh air and appreciating the wonderful trails and footpaths around our lovely village.”



Bewley Homes’ Sales Manager, Stuart Locke, added: “Our customers and the communities in which we build, are a major focus for us at Bewley. We were only too pleased to support this project which will also benefit all our homeowners who will get to enjoy these beautiful countryside walks when they move in later in the year.”


Elaine Stratford, Sales and Marketing Director at Bewley, added: “Bewley is dedicated to ensuring that we build communities within our developments which enhance the wider village community in existence.  We appreciate the many benefits of outdoor space, fresh air, and for children, the ability to ride cycles or play outside in this highly technological age.  We know that since Covid, open spaces and places to walk and cycle have come far up the list of desires for our purchasers, who may wish to commute for part of the week and then work from home, and are keen to fit exercise into their schedules.”


Bewley is building its high-quality Garden Village Collection consisting of 82 two, three, four and five bedroom homes with provision for public open space at the site.


Photo: l-r Stuart Locke and Lauren Manderson with members of the Overton Walking Group