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Local parks and open spaces

Site maintenance - Crabtree Plantation

Work to improve Bolton Arch will start on Monday 12 February for approximately 20 weeks.

Specialist contractors Traditional Stone will carry out this work which will include maintenance to the arch’s stone and mortar as well as plant and shrub management around the monument.

For the safety of visitors and the contractors carrying out the work, there will be no access to Bolton Arch while this work takes place. Visitors are encouraged to use a number of other entrances to Crabtree Plantation and visitors with mobility issues are encouraged to park at Black Dam Ponds to access Crabtree while this work takes place.

Basing Lime Pits

Once part of a private estate, the Lime Pits now provides an opportunity for walking, playing and picnicking. The site forms part of the Basingstoke Canal Heritage Footpath Trail, running across Basingstoke common and finishing at Basing House. It follows a route rich in wildlife and cultural heritage.

View the disabled access guide for Basing Lime Pits.

Basing Lime Pits overnight car park closure

Gates will be closed from 8pm to 7am from 1 April to 31 October and from 5pm to 7am from 1 November to 31 March. Failure to leave the car park on time may result in your vehicle being locked in.

If you are locked in, please follow the instructions left on your vehicle. A £50 charge is payable to facilitate a release. Call Code 9 Security Ltd on 03332 420 620 or visit the Code 9 Security Ltd website to arrange release.

Binfields Woodland Park

A woodland accessed by foot from Reading Road, St Joseph’s Crescent and Simon’s Close. It has many paths through it as well as seating and “hidden” environmental art.

Black Dam Ponds

Black Dam ponds

The ponds provide a haven for wildlife, particularly Waterfowl including Tufted ducks, Coots and Kingfishers. The site offers picnic facilities and links via an underpass to Crabtree Open Space and Black Dam Ponds Nature Reserve. A self guided walk leaflet is available to download from the walking section on this site.
Information on conservation work in this park.

View the disabled access guide for Black Dam Ponds.

Black Dam and Crabtree Plantation Local Nature Reserve

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Site maintenance

Work to improve Bolton Arch will start on Monday 12 February for approximately 20 weeks.

Specialist contractors Traditional Stone will carry out this work which will include maintenance to the arch’s stone and mortar as well as plant and shrub management around the monument.

For the safety of visitors and the contractors carrying out the work, there will be no access to Bolton Arch while this work takes place. Visitors are encouraged to use a number of other entrances to Crabtree Plantation and visitors with mobility issues are encouraged to park at Black Dam Ponds to access Crabtree while this work takes place.

This was originally part of the Hackwood Estate. Evidence of the historical significance of this site can still be seen in the Bolton Arch, the main entrance to Crabtree. The woodland is a mixture of oak, horse chestnut, sycamore and ash, with many informal footpaths. The grassland is managed for flowering plants.

The nature reserve is an important site for butterflies due to its south facing position, woodland and grassland habitat. The elms are particularly important as a resting and breeding place for the beautiful and rare White Letter Hairstreak. Each summer a local resident and a member of the Butterfly Conservation carries out a regular survey of the site.

A self guided walk leaflet is available to download from the tree trails and self-guided walks webpage. View information on conservation work in this park.

View the disabled access guide for Crabtree Plantation.

Crabtree Plantation overnight car park closure

Gates will be closed from 8pm to 7am from April to 31 October and from 5pm to 7am from 1 November to 31 March. Failure to leave the car park on time may result in your vehicle being locked in.

If you are locked in, please follow the instructions left on your vehicle. A £50 charge is payable to facilitate a release. Call Code 9 Security Ltd on 03332 420 620 or visit the Code 9 Security Ltd website to arrange release.

Brighton Hill Playing Fields

Provides a range of sporting facilities including six football pitches and changing rooms.

View the disabled access guide for Brighton Hill playing fields.

Burney Bit, Pamber

Burney Bit Pamber

This green space includes an open grass area as well as a play area suitable for toddlers and older children including a ground level slide. A network of paved paths provides access from several of the surrounding streets.

How to get there: Postcode RG26 3TL

Carpenters Down Open Space

Lies next to Carpenters Down Wood, which is managed by the Forestry Commission. This open space offers sporting facilities for basketball and bowls. Nature trails and walks lead through the woodland to Sherborne St John. The site also boasts an excellent community centre, which provides a number of events and activities for local people.

View the disabled access guide for Carpenters Down Open Space.

Chineham Park

Has a splash pad which has closed until Spring and a new play park.

The park includes a climbing and sheltering hut, toddler multi-play unit, group swings, a tree detective play panel and a wheelchair accessible roundabout.

View the disabled access guide for Chineham Park

Cranbourne Lane and Radford Gardens Public Open Spaces

Enhancements for both were undertaken between 2020 and 2022. The works involved areas of hard landscaping, paths and benches, bins along with new tree and shrub planting.

Eastrop Park

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Glebe Gardens

Follow this link for information about Glebe Gardens.

Hatch Warren Park

An informal park with a children’s play area and is ideal for walking, informal exercise and play.

View the disabled access guide for Hatch Warren Park.

Hatch Warren Playing Fields

Has facilities for football and tennis, as well as changing rooms. The site also boasts an excellent community centre, which provides a number of events and activities for local people.

King George V Playing Fields

This park was created to celebrate the reign of King George V. It contains a play area for younger children as well as space for informal ball games and outdoor gym equipment. A footpath and cycleway link the park to the supermarket and other pedestrian and cycle networks to the west. There is seating and space for picnics and relaxation.

Lyford Road Open Space

A green open space with seating, a children’s play area and footpaths for walking.

Oakridge Playing Fields

Has a children’s play area, skate ramp, football pitches with changing rooms and ample space for walking. These playing fields are ideal for formal and informal recreation.

Old Down

A green space to the south of Gabriel Park accessed by foot from Firecrest Road and with a small car park next to the community building at the end of Old Kempshott Lane. It is mostly managed for wildlife conservation, particularly chalk grassland species, but also contains a play area for younger children. There are paths through the site, which connect to the wider footpath network, as well as seating and interpretation. The green space is managed in partnership with the Old Down and Beggarwood Wildlife Group.

Pamber Forest, Pamber

A large ancient woodland with heath and wood pasture, rich in butterflies, bees and birds.

The Forest is managed by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and they have produced a guide to Pamber Forest and a self-guided trail to follow.

Cattle are used to graze some of the woodland pasture and there is advice on the HIWWT website about visiting the forest walking your dog and walking amongst cattle

GPS walking and cycle routes

Popley Community Park (formerly Aldermaston Road open space)

The council is developing a new neighbourhood park at the western end of Abbey Road in Popley. It includes two new play areas and a multi-use games area. There are paths and seating including picnic tables as well as areas managed for wildlife. There is parking accessible from Popley Way which includes disabled parking bays.

Rooksdown Park

Located in Rooksdown off Park Prewett Road next to the Community Centre. The park was originally part of the Park Prewett Hospital and included a cricket pitch. It now contains a play area suitable for children up to 11 years old plus a skate park. There are footpaths and seating around an open grass area suitable for informal recreation and relaxation. Areas of the park area managed to encourage wildlife including wildflower areas and the park is surrounded by mature trees.

Russell Howard Park

Offers netball courts, three football pitches, a cricket pitch, two bowling greens and changing rooms and a play area.

Sherborne Road Playing Fields

Provides sports pitches, changing rooms and a children’s play area.

Sherfield Park

This park is located on the north side of the Sherfield Park housing development. It is accessed via Gaiger Avenue or Amport Road. There are football pitches managed by the adjacent Community Centre as well as a play area for children aged 1 to 12 plus seating and space for relaxation.

Southdown Road, Tadley

Southdown Road, Tadley

This green space has a large area of grass for ball games and other informal activities as well as a play area which is suitable for toddlers and older children. There is also a separate single basketball hoop.

How to get there: Postcode RG26 4BT

Stratton Park

Has three football pitches, a cricket pitch, six tennis courts and changing facilities with toilets (including disabled). There is a play area for children, space for informal recreation and a community centre on the site.

View the disabled access guide for Stratton Park.

Tadley Common

Tadley Common

This is a heathland with acid grassland, mire, gorse and scrub that supports many rare species of heathland plants, birds, reptiles and insects. The site is owned by a trust and is managed for the benefit of the people of Tadley.

The heathland includes a trim trail, skate ramps, a zip wire and multi-use games area located on the northern edge of the common at the junction of Silchester Road and Tadley Common Road.

Further information is available on the Tadley Town Council website.

Tewkesbury Close open space

A large open field situated between Tewkesbury Close and Pershore Road. The park has a cluster of large trees at its centre and is an ideal location for dog walkers. The park contains a small children’s play area and also has an outdoor fitness trail encouraging people to be active.

Victory Park

Located in Brookvale, this park can be accessed from Glebe Gardens or via Lower Brook Street. It contains a play area suitable for children aged 1 to 11 on either side of the stream that runs through the park. There is seating and space for picnics and ball games. There is also outdoor Gym equipment which complements the equipment in King George V Playing Fields at the other end of Lower Brook Street.

West Ham Park

Home to Basingstoke Golf Centre, the site has a 9-Hole Par 3 golf course. It also has a 24 bay floodlit driving range and Knights Realm Adventure Golf. There is also a play area nearby.

Whiteditch Playing Fields

Open space and a children’s play area located on the site. View details of the Whiteditch Open space refurbishment.

Wigmore Heath, Tadley

This green space includes a large area of heathland as well as woodland and a play area which is accessible along footpaths from Wigmore Road, Hanger Road and Shyshack Road. Next to the play area is a grass area suitable for picnicking and relaxing.

The heathland is managed for nature conservation and is important for heather and a variety of wildlife including lizards and many different species of bird.

This site is managed in partnership with the Friends of Wigmore Heath.

How to get there: Postcode RG26 4HL

Winklebury Playing Fields

A large park with football pitches, a multi use games area, changing rooms and play area. A cycleway and footpath run through the park link to the Leisure Park and town centre.

Parks with outdoor gym equipment

The following parks contain Outdoor Gym Equipment:

Skate parks

The following parks contain skate parks:

  • War Memorial Park,
  • Rooksdown Park,
  • Daniel Road in Whitchurch,
  • Thornhill Way, and
  • Chineham Park.

Skateboard ramps are available in the following areas:

  • Loddon Valley Open Space, Old Basing
  • Tadley Recreation Ground*
  • Sapley Lane Playing Fields, Overton*
  • Beech Park, Oakley*

*maintained by Parish Council

Multi-use games areas

The following parks contain multi-use games areas/courts:

  • Carpenters Down
  • Popley Community Park
  • Winklebury Playing Fields

Local nature reserves

The following parks contain Local Nature Reserves:

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