Knowle Haven

Region: South East

Knowle Haven is a four hectare former paddock located off Mayles Lane on the edge of Knowle Village, near Fareham, Hampshire. Since 2014 the site has been transformed into a lovely community and wildlife reserve with the support of The Friends of Knowle Haven, a dedicated team of volunteers who are involved on a daily basis. The site was officially opened in May 2017 and is now used by a wide range of community groups, local residents and visitors for recreation and relaxation.


Mayles Lane, Knowle, Fareham, PO15 6DT

Site size: 4 hectares

Visitor Information

Opening Hours

Daily (dawn to dusk)

Car Parking



(click here to find the nearest public toilets)


The Miner's Arms is open daily and is nearby.

Entrance cost







Well controlled dogs welcome.

Things to do

Picnic areas, sculptures, carved benches, community orchard, vegetable plot, wildlife ponds, beetle banks, bee hives, wildflower meadow, wildlife watching, bird spotting, community activities and events.

Conservation, Wildlife, Flora, Fauna

The site is home to a diverse and increasing range of wildlife.

Other nearby attractions

Dean Copse, Knowle Hospital Cemetary, West Walk Forest, Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve, Fort Nelson

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Knowle Haven Contact

The site contact for our Knowle Haven space is Mike Little Tel: 07568 654667

This space is managed in partnership with The Friends of Knowle Haven


The land was formerly part of the estate of the Hampshire County Lunatic Asylum which opened in 1852 and then went through a number of extensions to cover a 100-acre site known as Knowle Farm.

The Asylum, later Knowle Mental Hospital (1923) and then Knowle Hospital (1948), reached its peak in the 1950s with almost 2,000 patients housed before finally closing in 1996.

Berkeley Homes purchased a large part of the hospital site and started development of Knowle Village in 2000, securing approval to deliver 500 homes within 53 acres of the former hospital site.

Land Trust Contact

To contact the Land Trust about this site or how we could help manage your space please email our Estates Officer Steve Crosby .

To enquire about holding an event on a Land Trust site, please click here.


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