Hinksey Trail Conservation

Earlier this year the Hinksey Heights Nature Trail in Oxford was facing closure due to inappropriate usage which led to extensive damage to the boardwalk, leaving parts of the trail unsafe. The trail is a valuable local amenity for people who like to come and walk or picnic in the park, and our aim is to repair and extend the boardwalk so that this community resource can continue to operate. The Friends of Hinksey Heights boardwalk project is a volunteer-led initiative and currently receives no funding outside of donations. 

We are improving the building techniques used for the boardwalk so that the repairs are long-lasting and durable. This means not only replacing the boards themselves, but the bearers and sleepers beneath. We are extremely thankful to be able to use left-over building materials from the schools’ projects and we are also reusing old boards where possible. However due to the extent of the repairs that are required, we anticipate that we will need to buy extra materials to meet the need.

Repairs to the boardwalk do not come without a cost. We estimate that around 200 individual boards need to be replaced, and in several areas the entire structure underneath, including bearers and sleepers, need to be replaced too. The timber costs alone to repair one metre of boardwalk is £53.26. This number does not take into account the cost of nails, screws and chicken wire. 

The boardwalk projects will be ongoing, with the aim to continue to maintain, repair and improve the boardwalk on a long-term basis. Please help us ensure that the nature trail can continue to be an enjoyable and safe place for next generations to visit by donating towards the boardwalk projects.

We realised our initial target of £700, thanks to the generosity of people who love the nature trail . We have now increased this to £1,200 so that we can acquire some much needed extra tools to help us over the next couple of months to get the trail ready and safe for winter. Thank you for your support.


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  • David Hughes 
    • £20 
    • 10 d
  • Bill Morris 
    • £100 
    • 22 d
  • Adrian James 
    • £40 
    • 1 mo
  • Sophie Joye 
    • £10 
    • 1 mo
  • Tom Jordan 
    • £75 
    • 2 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Lydie Thorn 
Oxford, South East England, United Kingdom
Nick Thorn 
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