In this section you will find information on country park sites and other greenspaces within Hart District that have been designated as Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspaces, known as 'SANGs'. These sites have been either specially created or enhanced to provide a high quality greenspace for dog walkers, residents and visitors to enjoy whilst also easing recreational pressure on the fragile heathland habitat found across the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area (SPA).
The Thames Basin Heaths Partnership
The Thames Basin Heaths is a network of heathland sites spread over 8,200 hectares (82 square kilometres) across Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire. The Thames Basin Heaths is classified as a Special Protection Area (SPA), forming part of a European network of sites of international importance for nature conservation.
Unfortunately the Thames Basin Heaths SPA is under threat – especially from growing recreational pressure. Disturbance to the rare wildlife means we could lose some of the species that make the heathlands so special, and there are a number of other problems such as fly tipping, dog fouling and even arson. To ensure that increasing local populations do not negatively impact on this protected area, the Thames Basin Heaths Partnership Project is a tool being used to lessen potential impacts from increased local housing development. The project is a partnership of 26 organisations, and funded by contributions from all new residential dwellings within 5km of the SPA. To find out more about the Thames Basin Heaths Partnership, visit www.tbhpartnership.org.uk/