Edenbrook Country Park in Fleet has been handed over to Hart District Council by Berkley Homes after a 12-year partnership to create the stunning open space.
Since the development started in 2008, Hart, Natural England, Berkeley and local residents have worked collaboratively to create a country park that encourages biodiversity and provides amenities for the whole community.
The low-grade private farmland and electricity pylons that once stood in its place have made way for a sustainable environment which is now home to a variety of wildlife. It is also now part of the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area (SPA).
Councillor David Neighbour, Leader of Hart District Council, said: “Hart's Countryside Service has been working with Berkeley Homes since the development's inception to create the country park. We are proud of what we have managed to achieve for the community and hope residents will continue to enjoy this space. We are looking forward to continuing to improve these facilities over the coming years.”
Edenbrook Country Park is made up of a variety of habitats, including grasslands, wetlands and stunning open meadows, all connected through a network of footpaths and cycle-ways.
Three open ponds are dispersed throughout, some with dipping platforms and boardwalks, as well as a selection of calmer streams and seasonal ponds for visitors to take a moment to relax.
Amenities include play spaces, a BMX track and, soon, a community garden. Hart District Council will take care of the parkland indefinitely on behalf of, and in partnership with, the residents at Edenbrook Village and the wider local community.
Harry Lewis, Managing Director of Berkeley Homes (Southern), said: “Working closely with Hart District Council and local stakeholders, we have been able to deliver a really valuable amenity for new and existing communities, connecting people and nature and improving health and wellbeing, as well as enhancing the area’s biodiversity.”
For more information please visit our Edenbrook Country Park page.