The SANGS Project Objectives

The overriding ambition for the SANGS Project is to create a lasting and enduring natural recreational community land space which will be welcomed and fully enjoyed by the community now and for generations to come.

Given the historical importance of the entire area, and its associations with the Gurkha regiments, we appreciate that any form of change can create concerns for those who live closest to the site or have been using the land quite happily in its unmanaged state since 2000.

The plans for the site have been discussed and agreed by three local councils, and their ecology and tree experts have been fully involved in the decision making and planning. ALS Group has been appointed as the landscaping contractor and are putting the plans into action.

Within the bounds of our contractual responsibilities and directives, we are using our expertise to enhance the site by improving access to the many acres of the landscape, which has formerly been practically inaccessible.
We are adapting to and with the landscape to bring it back to its best.

It is our intention to work on the site with care and sensitivity and with the least amount of disruption to residents and the local community.

We aim to encourage walkers to designated areas by thinning and clearing the thickets and removing the barbed wire fencing left over from the days of MOD ownership. A new 2km mixed surface bridle path is being laid for the many riders in the area. We are also focusing on land drainage to make more of the very wet areas accessible to everyone. To encourage parts of this unique landscape to develop naturally and encourage wildlife diversity we are leaving selected areas as wetlands.

There will be a number of areas where public access is restricted or forbidden, but given the increase of usable land that will be available after the clearance and regeneration, your enjoyment of the area should not be in any way curtailed.

This diagram shows the location of the SANGS pillboxs
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Left is diagram showing the locations of all the pillboxes on the SANGS site. Each pillbox bears an engraved number which corresponds to the numbers shown on this plan.

Pillboxes are concrete dug-in guard posts, normally equipped with loopholes through which to fire weapons. The originally jocular name arose from their perceived similarity to the cylindrical and hexagonal boxes in which medical pills were once sold. They are in effect a trench firing step hardened to protect against small-arms fire and grenades and raised to improve the field of fire.