Welcome to Countryside sites, these sites are managed by Hart District Council Countryside Rangers. Below, you will find our large and small sites.
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/
Alternative local greenspaces have been either specially created or enhanced to provide communities with high quality outdoor sites to explore and enjoy, whilst easing recreational pressure on the fragile protected heathland. Such sites are also known as Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspaces (SANGs).
These alternative sites situated outside of the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area provide a pleasant natural environment for a stroll, where dogs can be exercised off-lead. Generally most of the alternative greenspaces listed will include provision for free parking. To find alternative greenspaces near you, visit www.tbhpartnership.org.uk/sites/