Beggarwood Park Local Nature Reserve

Beggarwood Woodland Park is a 24 hectare site designated as a Local Nature Reserve (LNR), with many fantastic recreational facilities.

Beggarwood Park was awarded the Green Flag Award for 2023/24.

Take a look at the management plan which sets out the future management of the park.

Location and access

Beggarwood Park is situated to the southwest of Basingstoke, serving the communities of Hatch Warren and Beggarwood. Free parking is available at the Café in the Park and by The Co-operative Food shop. You can also access the park by foot via Woodbury Road, Beggarwood Lane, and a path behind Pets at Home, Hatch Warren.

View the disabled access guide for Beggarwood Park

Recreational facilities

Beggarwood park has a variety of facilities, catering to all age groups. Facilities include an updated toddler and junior play area, an outdoor gym, a timber wild zone, a pump track, amphitheatre, and picnic benches, all linked by a good footpath network.

Beggarwood Community Centre situated on the edge of the park is home to Café in the Park offering refreshments and a space for community groups to meet.

Beggarwood Park pump track

Beggarwood Park - wild area

Conservation in the park

As well as being a great park for recreation, Beggarwood Park is designated a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) and a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC).

This site is composed of a mixture of open grassland and woodland copses. It is managed in partnership with the Old Down and Beggarwood Wildlife Group. Due to its superb wildflower meadows, including species such as small scabious, vipers bugloss, knapweed, and significant amounts of birds foot trefoil, the invertebrate population is thriving. Beggarwood Park is home to a variety of butterfly species, including the Small Blue, Dingy Skipper and Holly Blue. White throats and linnets are amongst the captivating birds to be found here.

The wildlife group meet on the first Tuesday of the month, at 9am, by the Café in the Park. Their activities include scrub bashing, coppicing, seed collection and dispersal, and dead hedge creation. For further information visit the Old Down and Beggarwood Wildlife group’s website or email odandbwd@gmail.com

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