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Wanborough Trail and Story

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This document has been produced using the information displayed at the public consultation at St Andrews Church Wanborough on 20th and 21st October 2018 and forms part of the public consultation.

It describes what the project hopes to achieve and how we feel it can best be achieved. It also provides all the information relating to the materials available and costs of them.

Finally, there is a feedback process which allows you to share your thoughts and contribute.

The project goals

The main aims of this project are to celebrate the history, people, culture and diverse habitat that Wanborough Parish has to offer and keep that knowledge alive for future generations. In the process we will inform our residents and others, encouraging them to explore the area and learn more.

The Trail will guide users around the main inhabited area of Wanborough, encompassing both conservation areas. It will be Wheelchair accessible where possible, alternative routes will be identified and marked if access is restricted ensuring that all information points are covered

The Story will cover the main points of interest within the following headings;
  • History
  • Culture and Art
  • People - past and present
  • Green spaces and nature

Additional benefits

In addition to the educational and health benefits identified through the proposed Wanborough Trail and Story, we have identified other additional benefits to The Village residents and community. These benefits include;
  • Support of local businesses and annual events, helping them to thrive and grow
  • Increasing knowledge of local public facilities such as The Church, Village Hall and Hooper's Field sports facilities helping to make them central to the local community
  • Increasing the use of the Parish Website which is a key village communication point
  • Promoting and supporting access to lesser known Parish assets so that they can be enjoyed by all
  • Ensuring that our unique cultural heritage and history is not lost or forgotten as the number of residents increases and our Parish boundaries change
  • Making available an archive of information relating tour natural history supporting the protection of it for future generations.


To achieve the project goals, we propose to:
  • Create a village trail that will form circular walk encompassing The Marsh, Upper and Lower Wanborough which can be split into up to five smaller walks components
  • Install 2 Large information boards, depicting the trail map and key Points of interest, one each located at Hooper's Field and St Andrew's Church car park
  • Install a number of information posts, possibly 10, located at key points of interest around the trail each post displaying collectable brass rubbing symbol to create a treasure trail and added interest for younger users
  • Display scannable QR codes on each of the boards and posts linked more detailed information located on www.wanborough.info
  • Produce a downloadable trail map available from www.wanborough.info, and hard copy leaflets that can be displayed and distributed via local tourist information points
  • Make available sufficient information on www.wanborough.info to inform the trail before the official launch date
  • Encourage residents and others to contribute to the database of information held on www.wanborough.info ensuring that the data available is accurate and as complete as possible over time.
  • Produce a book of other circular Wanborough walks

The project lifecycle

The project will begin after the public consultation results have been published and if authority to proceed is granted by both the public and The Parish Council. This is anticipated to happen early in 2019.

Once approval has been given the project team will assembled. The team will then identify and work together to manage the following tasks and resolve any issues arising from them;
  1. Project planning
  2. Setting and managing the project budget
  3. Sourcing and applying for funding
  4. Managing the location, production and installation of the boards, posts, rubbing discs and all artwork necessary
  5. The identification, creation, distribution and management of
    1. promotional materials
    2. souvenir items
  6. Sourcing content for the parish website
  7. Identifying a long-term maintenance schedule and handover to the Parish Council Maintenance Committee
  8. Plan and hold a formal handover ceremony and launch celebration
The project will end when;
  1. The above matters have been managed successfully to the satisfaction of the project team
  2. The Boards and posts have been installed
  3. The project has been launched and handover is complete
  4. The project team has been disbanded

The target for the project launch and handover is Spring 2020

It is desirable that at least one member of the project team be a standing member of the Parish Council and/or the Clerk to the council.

Proposed route

  1. The Lower Wanborough section starting at Hooper's Field, shown with pink dots, which includes;
    1. Rotten Row
    2. Green Lane
    3. Burycroft
    4. The High Street
    5. Chapel Lane
    6. The Beanlands
    7. Returning to Hooper's Field via the marked footpath

  2. The Upper Wanborough section starting at the Church carpark, shown in blue dots, which includes;
    1. The Church Meadow
    2. Lynch Field
    3. Church Road
    4. Warneage Green
    5. Kite Hill
    6. The Beanlands
    7. Stanley Close, Adam's Meadow and Stacey's Lane via the marked footpath
    8. Ham Road, where there is access to The Hollow extension shown in orange
    9. Returning to the Church carpark either via a step over stile and field to the Graveyard or by back tracking along Ham Road and Church Road, shown in green

Infrastructure Materials and Considerations

The following information is provided to help inform your selection of the materials we use and plan for the long-term maintenance of the infrastructure. Both the boards and posts will be made using the same materials. The materials selected will be informed by the feedback you provide.

There are three main materials available for the infrastructure;
  1. Wood
  2. Recycled Plastic
  3. Metal - either Aluminium or Steel - please note that the use of metal for the information posts means we will be unable to fit rubbing plaques


Features and Benefits
  • Both locations for the boards are within the village conservation areas. The natural look of a wooden frame and legs will be complimentary to the conservation area goals
  • Wood materials will be in keeping with all the other interpretation and notice boards located throughout the village
  • We are able to have a wide frame etched with pictures representing the 5 collectable symbols which will give cohesion across the individual trail elements.
  • The wood can be regularly treated to maintain the new look colour or left to silver with age.
  • Vandalism damage can be removed by sanding the surface.
  • Supplier uses sustainably sourced timber from UK grown trees.
  • The information is printed onto UV resistant "Lexan" acrylic

  • Life expectancy 15 - 30 years.
  • Information panels can be replaced easily if needed
  • The manufacturer will support the maintenance needs of all boards and posts if required
  • Although unlikely, if there is irreparable damage to the fixtures due to vandalism, individual components can be replaced if necessary
  • Anti chain saw plates can be fitted to the legs if desired.

Recycled Plastics

Features and Benefits
  • Use of recycled materials are on trend and becoming a more popular solution for this type of project
  • Normally supplied in black, which has an attractive textured finish
  • We are able to have a wide frame etched with pictures representing the collectable symbols, which will give cohesion across the individual trail elements.
  • Comes with two legs giving a less bulky appearance.
  • Fitted with Encapsulated Glass
  • Reinforced Plastic, GRP, for the picture cover. GRP is resistant to damage from spray paints.
  • The information board sections can be returned to the factory for reuse if they need to be replaced in the future.

  • Life expectancy unknown but anticipate more than 30 years
  • No surface treatments are required therefore there are minimal maintenance requirements and costs.
  • Although unlikely, irreparable damage to the fixture due to vandalism will result in the need to replace the entire structure


Features and Benefits
  • Available in metal either Aluminium or Steel,
  • Aluminium is a lighter, low cost metal solution and is unpainted
  • Steel is stronger, has a longer life expectancy, can be painted in a variety of colours
  • Comes with two legs giving a less bulky appearance
  • Fitted with Encapsulated Glass Reinforced Plastic, GRP, for the picture cover. GRP is resistant t damage from spray paints
  • The information board sections can be returned to the factory for reuse if they need to be replaced in the future.
  • A decorative border is not available in either Aluminium or Steel.

  • Costs provided are for the lower cost brushed aluminium product.
  • For one lectern style A0 interpretation board with legs in brushed aluminium, the cost will be approx. £810 each.
  • Life expectancy 30 years
  • No surface treatments are required routinely, however the paintwork may need redecorating in time
  • Although unlikely, irreparable damage to the fixture due to vandalism will result in the need to replace the entire structure


The prices quoted for the A0 interpretation boards and information posts
  • Include the production of the display furniture, creating and and printing of artwork onto specialist display materials
  • Do not include producing the artwork, VAT, delivery and fitting.
  • Are subject to change depending upon the project final specifications and requirements.

Total cost for the supply of materials for 2 x A0 boards, 10 display posts, rubbing discs (if applicable) and artwork
  • Wood - £8,450
  • Recycled plastics - £10,785
  • Brushed Aluminium - £8,115, rubbing discs not included as they cannot be fitted to the metal information posts.

A4 Information posts cost are as follows
  • Wood approx. £300 each, rubbing discs are £40 each, total cost per post £340
  • Recycled plastics £610 each, rubbing discs are £110 each, total cost per post £720
  • Brushed aluminium £375 each, please note that rubbing discs cannot be fitted to the Aluminium posts.

Funding Sources

There are many funding sources available either via grants or public fund-raising efforts. The key ones identified are as follows;
  • Production and installation
    • Landfill Tax
    • Section 106 payments - contributions can be sought from developers towards the costs of providing community and social infrastructure, the need for which has arisen as a result of a new development taking place
    • Community Fund
    • Awards for all
    • Crowd Funding
    • Corporate sponsorship
  • Long term maintenance
    • Sale of souvenirs
    • Sale of a Wanborough Walks Book
    • Precept funds allocated the maintenance of village assets
    • Community Fund contributions and/or community led fund raising activities


If you would like to get involved, either a little or a lot, we have a number of ways you can help.
  • Data collection for the website is key and any help would be appreciated, specifically identifying and taking photographs of;
    • Wild animals
    • Birds
    • Wild flowers
    • Trees
    • Houses
    • Green spaces
    • Ancient tracks and roadways
  • Collecting historical data to add to the historical archive
  • Fund raising
  • Liaising with the Highways Authority and Planning Department
  • Creating the content for the boards and posts displays
  • Designing the artwork
  • Liaising with manufacturers
  • Installing the boards and posts


Thank you for taking the time to read this presentation. We are seeking to gain your opinion of this project and approval to proceed. This is your chance to contribute to the materials we use, the items we invest in by way of souvenirs and to tell us whether you would like to be involved.

Please complete the short survey as a way to provide your feedback.

Start Survey Here →

As the first step in this process we have improved the 'History' page of the website using 'Brief Introduction To The History Of Wanborough' created by Brian Clarke and the village History Society in 2012.

History Page Here →