A historic attraction near Clanfield is on track to welcome more visitors after receiving a £50,000 grant to improve access.

Getting to Butser Ancient Farm has become much easier for visitors thanks to the Rural Grant scheme. The driveway has been tarmacked, pathways have been extended throughout the site, and a grid system has been laid on the overflow car park so it can be used all year round.

The scheme was one of six around East Hampshire to be awarded five or four-figure sums, with applications being processed by the district council.

Butser Ancient Farm is an experimental archaeology centre at the forefront of outdoor education. The volunteer-run attraction attracts tourists from around the world, with director Simon Jay calling the improvements “exciting”.

He said: “The new path layout has greatly improved the accessibility of the site. The paths also enhance the visitor experience as they journey through periods from the Mesolithic to Roman era.

“Through guided tours, workshops, and events, the farm has been able to share the rich history of the site with a wider audience, enriching the visitor experience and fostering a greater appreciation for our ancient heritage.” Mr Jay also thanked EHDC for their help in “safeguarding” the farm’s future.

Cllr Robert Mocatta, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration & Prosperity, said: “I am proud that we have been able to support Butser Ancient Farm with this project. Butser Ancient Farm is a key tourist and education destination, and it is important that it remains as accessible as possible to the residents of East Hampshire and beyond.”

An Eco Light Festival at the Gilbert White and The Oates Collection in Selborne, the Jane Austen Memorial Garden at Alton Assembly Rooms, Dyers Barn at Chawton House, the community kitchen at Passfield Social Club and Stroud Village Hall have also all received grants.