Land Trust Annual Review 2021: New sites in focus

28th January 2022

Despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic the Land Trust's Business Development and Estates teams successfully transferred three new parks and green spaces to the Land Trust's portfolio. In this article we have a look at them in more detail.

Runfold Ridge 

Runfold Meadows

With fantastic panoramic views and a wild flower rich chalk grassland, Runfold Ridge is a great destination for exploring and experiencing the benefits of nature. These former arable fields rest upon the northern slope of the Hog’s Back, a chalk ridge that forms the western end of the North Downs; a major landscape feature of southern England extending to the White Cliffs of Dover.

Chalk grassland is Britain’s equivalent to tropical rainforests, with an abundance of wildflowers. Runfold Ridge has future potential to return to this type of habitat through the long-term cutting and removal of grass to reduce nutrient levels. New tree planting and wildlife boxes are all in place to enhance environmental value.

As a Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG), Runfold Ridge offers dogfriendly and family-friendly circular routes in the countryside to reduce pressure on our precious heathland habitats known as Special Protection Areas (SPA).

Prince Philip Park & Hogmoor Inclosure

Prince Philip Park

Prince Philip Park comprises a variety of public open spaces totalling 114 hectares (equivalent to 158 football pitches). Hogmoor Inclosure is a more natural open space within Prince Philip Park and is the third largest Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) of its kind in the UK, containing a variety of habitats and natural features and is a space for visitors to experience nature.

Hogmoor is a haven for numerous species of birds and the green spaces are all about bringing the new community together, providing a safe, welcoming environment for all.

With 2,400 new homes planned over the next 10 years there will be new employment opportunities and jobs created for local people. The creation of the new town centre will see a variety of shops, cafes and office space as well as a leisure centre and cinema. With new transport links, Prince Philip Park will become a great place for new residents to live, work and play


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