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Hayling Billy Heritage Project

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The Hayling Billy Heritage Park project was delivered by TCV between September 2014 and March 2015.

The Hayling Island Branch, which closed in 1963, was a railway connecting the island to Havant. The line was a busy commuter route, transporting people and goods, and popular during the summer months with tourists. It was often referred to as the Hayling Billy, a name now given to the three mile footpath along the old track bed. 

Hayling Billy logo

Woking as part of a local partnership, we helped local people explore the history of the railway line and the natural history of the Local Nature Reserves and conservation areas surrounding it. We ran an engagement programme with local schools, which provided opportunites for young people to vist the line and learn first-hand about it.  We also ran monthly conservation volunteering sessions for local people to take part in, to help manage the line.

Although our involvement in the project has now come to an end, the monthly conservation volunteering sessions are continuning, now run by...

In addition, the Hayling Billy is continuning to be developed, highlighted, researched and protected.

Project Status: Completed

If you would like more details or might be interested in us doing something similar for you, please contact us:

Rachel Bryan
Hampshire Team Leader
TCV, Rangers' Depot, Manor Farm Country Park, Pylands Lane, Bursledon, Hampshire, SO31 1BH
02380 402 593   

The Hayling Billy Heritiage Project has its own, extensive website, which gives lots of facinating and interesting information about the Project and the history of the Line; just click on it's logo.

Funders and Partners

This project was delivered by a partnership between the following organisations:

The Conservation Volunteers
Hayling's BEST
Hampshire County Council
Havant Borough Council
The National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund
The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre

The Conservation Volunteers would like to thank everyone from these organisations who we had the good fortune to work with in developing and delivering this project.

Hayling Billy partnership logos