South West

Visit these spaces in the South West...


Castle Hill Country Park

This new country park on former farmland provides fine views across South Wiltshire as far as Salisbury Plain to the north and the fringes of the New Forest to the south. The historic Laverstock Downs, Salisbury Cathedral, Old Sarum and nearby airfield can all be viewed from the plateau. The Park is a great place to spot wildlife and the Skylarks in spring are a particular highlight.

Dawlish Countryside Park

This spacious Countryside Park has splendid views across Babbacombe Bay to Hopes Nose and great wildlife, including Cirl bunting and Skylark. Established in 2017 on former arable land, the Park now features expansive meadows, diverse hedgerows, new woodland planting, an orchard and Spring barley fields, making this a popular outdoor destination for the local community.

Hogmoor Inclosure

Prince Philip Park will comprise a variety of public open spaces totalling 114 hectares (equivalent to 158 football pitches). In order to preserve and enhance these spaces the areas will be managed by the Land Trust on behalf of Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration Company (WBRC). Hogmoor Inclosure is a more natural open space within this area 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 will be a space where visitors can experience nature. It will be managed by the Land Trust on your behalf. Established in 2017, the purpose of this SANG is to avoid increased recreational pressure on the Wealden Heaths Phase II Special Protection Area (SPA), Shortheath Common Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and Woolmer Forest (SAC) from new residential development by providing an alternative recreation area that offers a similar experience to the SPA and SACs.

Knowle Haven Nature Reserve

Since 2014 this former grazing paddock has been transformed into a lovely community nature reserve and is now a flourishing haven for wildlife. The reserve is managed in partnership with The Friends of Knowle Haven a dedicated group of volunteers working to ensure the conservation, protection and improvement of the reserve for all to enjoy. The reserve is used by a wide range of community groups, local residents and visitors and is a great place for wildlife spotting.

Osprey Quay

This nine hectare coastal site on the south-western shore of Portland Harbour, Dorset includes flood defences, open greenspace and a waterfront promenade between Portland Castle and Portland Marina. There are splendid sea views from Castle Court Memorial Garden overlooking the marina and harbour. The site is close to the tourist hotspot of Chesil Beach, part of the Jurassic Coast and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Spinney

The Spinney is a prominent belt of mature beech, sycamore and lime trees planted in 1912 as a windbreak for the former Park Prewett Hospital estate, near Basingstoke, Hampshire. This lovely woodland avenue has a central path which provides opportunity for pleasant circular and short walks and wildlife spotting.

Wellesley Woodlands, Aldershot

Wellesley Woodlands comprises 110 hectares of woodlands, wildlife habitats and lakes interlinked by footpaths and canal-side walks. These former MoD woodlands are divided into two main areas, Dukes Wood to the west and Lake and Canal Side to the east. Separate from these areas, to the south of Thornhill Road, are two smaller woodlands Thorn Hill and Heather Hill (opening soon). This large and easily accessible natural greenspace provides plenty of opportunities to explore, enjoy and share in the rich diversity of the local Wellesley countryside.