Defra awards Fellows contract to clear Hampshire nature reserve
UXO experts Fellows are delighted to have been awarded a Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) contract to conduct a UXO survey at a nature reserve located on the Hampshire/Sussex border.
Kingley Vale has a history of military use dating back to the 1800’s where it was first used as a self-contained training area and rifle range. Then during World War II, British and Canadian troops were located here as part of the Home guard Auxiliary Units defence of the Sussex coast and the South Downs.
No permanent buildings were ever constructed and troops were never stationed there for very long which makes it harder to put together a good picture of what happened at Kingley Vale. Today, concerns about unexploded munitions remain despite the most obvious hazards being cleared after the war and following further site searches taking place in more recent times.
The Fellows team will begin working at Kingley Vale from November 2018.