Surrey

Sir Alec Bedser footpath nears completion in Surrey

Close friends often found it hard to tell Alec (right) and Eric Bedser apart
Image caption Close friends often found it hard to tell Alec (right) and Eric Bedser apart

A footpath named after the former England cricketer Sir Alec Bedser in Surrey is nearing completion.

Surrey Wildlife Trust (SWT) volunteers started building the 0.7 mile (1.2km) trail at Woodham Common in 2009.

The aim was to encourage more visitors and relieve pressure on Horsell Common, which has three Bronze Age barrows.

Sir Alec, who was one of England's greatest bowlers and also played for Surrey, visited the site at the start of the project. He died last year.

'Making a difference'

SWT said the footpath was named The Bedser Trial in recognition of Alec and his twin brother Eric's cricketing achievements, as well as their long-term support for Horsell Common Preservation Society.

Eric Bedser was an all-rounder who also played for England and Surrey.

Trash Feddery, from the trust, said 15 volunteers were topping the 1,200 path with a fine-grade material to create a level surface suitable for wheelchairs.

She said parts of the path were already in use and it was great for the volunteers to hear their efforts were "really making a difference".

Work to finish the path continues on 1 October.

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