Local Parks and Open Spaces in Fleet and Church Crookham

S and SE in Bloom Awards 2018:

Oakley Park - Small Conservation Silver Guilt - Small Park Silver Guilt
Basingbourne Park -
Small Conservation Gold Guilt - Small Park Gold Guilt - Thriving Neighbourhood Category
Calthorpe Park - Large Park Silver Guilt
Fleet Cemetery - Small Cemetery Silver Guilt
Ancells Park - Outstanding Neighbourhood

Ancells Farm      Azalea Park     Basingbourne Park     Ancells Nature Reserve   Calthorpe Park

Edenbrook Country Park    Bramshot Farm     The Views

Other Interesting Features in Fleet and Crookham

Fleet Pond     Pond Video    Basingstoke Canal     Canal Video    Elvetham Heath Nature Reserve     Reserve Video


Oakley Park

Oakley Park is one of the best parks in the country. Through the magnificent efforts of the Friends of Oakley Park, Fleet Town Council and the Maintenance Team from Nigel Jeffries Landscapes, Oakley Park has been recognised not only regionally but nationally! The Friends of Oakley Park have been awarded a National Certificate of Distinction by the RHS, this is an award given to only a few groups across Britain each year, making it a really tremendous achievement for everyone.

In addition, the Friends of Oakley Park were awarded the top grade of “Outstanding” in the Community Groups section “lt’s your Neighbourhood” and a “Champion of Champion's Achievement Award. Oakley Park was also awarded a Silver in the Small Parks Category and a Silver Gilt in the Conservation area (the woodland).

This has been achieved by the hard work and dedication of all the volunteers from the Friends of Oakley Park, volunteers from the various Action Days, Fleet Town Council and its Parks Grounds maintenance Team.

The Friends of Oakley Park are always looking for more members and volunteers to help with the work and Gold is
the target for next year! To find out more, visit www.oakleypark.org.uk      Watch fleethants video of Oakley Park 



Ancells Farm Park      

This autumn Friends of Ancells Farm hold a number of events and would love residents to come along and ioin in the fun. Proceeds from their events are fed directly back into their proiects. . Also make a date in your diary to come along and ioin The Friends who will be singing carols round the Christmas Tree in the park oni 2th  December. Friends of 

Ancells Farm was founded in December 2010 by local residents who were concerned about the condition of the children's play park. Working with the newly formed Fleet Town Council, a new play area for children was created that was safe, fun and accessible. Since then, the Friends of Ancells Farm and Fleet Town Council have continued to improve
the park and foster community spirit. 

The vision of the Friends of Ancells Park and Fleet Town Council is to ensure that Ancells Park provides an attractive, safe and welcoming environment for the benefit and enioyment of the local community. The Proiects undertaken are selected to benefit the local community, provide maximum impact for their efforts,
promote community spirit, have longevity... and be fun!

Visit www.ancellsfarm.org.uk  for further information on the Friends of Ancells Farm.


Azalea Park

Azalia Park is a small park situated in Church Crookham which was formally an Officer Cadet Training Camp known as "Haig Lines" built under the instructions of General Haig in the first world war.

It was used by the Royal Army Medical corps, before being used as a reception camp for the Canadian Army personnel in World War II. The camp was demolished in the mid 1980’s when the residental park was created. 

It is now a beautiful park with a children's playground and woodlands. 

Visit www.azaleapark.co.uk       Watch fleethants video of Azalea Park


Ancells Nature Reserve


Ancells Farm nature reserve is a site of special scientific interest, renowned for its great varieties of flora and fauna. Dainty stonechats and the delightfully fragrant bog myrtle are abundant all year round, and during the spring and summer the reserve comes to life with glittering clouds of dragonflies and damselflies. Newts, toads and frogs are also a common sight.

The abundance of flying insects makes the reserve a popular feeding spot for bats, which can be seen darting through the air on warm summer evenings.

Ancells Farm supports a multiplicity of wildlife that is wonderful to see, but if you plan on visiting please take care as this nature reserve is sensitive to disturbance.


Basingbourne Park

Forty volunteers — both young and old, came out to make a difference to Basingbourne Park by ioining in the an Action Day.
With the materials and equipment supplied by Fleet Town Council, the day‘s activities included refurbishing the benches,
painting and washing some of the play equipment and litter picking within the park. Volunteers, Ruth Williams and Dave
Harrison, had been instrumental in reviving The Friends of Basingbourne Park and hope that this will be the first of many
such events.   Visit www.basingbournepark.org.uk      Basingbourne Park from the air 

A new £53,000 Over 8's playground and teenager recreation equipment has now been installed. It consists of a timber multi-play unit consisting of 2 bannister slides, overhead and vertical ladders, horizontal climbing net, hanging and overhead grips and rope play. Also provided is a basket swing, a fixed climbing frame, an overhead twister, an accessible horizontal see saw and ski simulator. Teens will have an open youth shelter and heavy duty goal and basketball loop.


Calthorpe Park


Calthorpe Park Play Area
At the end of February 2019 a tender was launched for the design and installation of play equipment at Calthorpe Park, Fleet.

Calthorpe Park is currently the only park in Fleet without a children’s play area and we hope this installation will be a great benefit to the surrounding residential area.      

Stay tuned for more information!


Edenbrook Country Park

Edenbrook Park is a Suitable Alternate Natural Greenspace (SANG) and offers pleasant natural amenities. It is managed by Berkelely Homes group.

The site is placed at the back of the new Hart leisure centre in Hitchens Lane and has a variety of habitats including ponds, wetlands, sprawling meadows and woodland areas with 84 acres of leisure space.

A pond dipping platform and picnic area will provide a great place for families to relax.

The area is still under construction but will eventually provide a BMX track, cycleways, skate park, an allotment area, amphitheatre, many footpaths and walkways and a bird hide.

The video shows the area before many of the above facilities have been provided. It will be updated as and when the development takes place.


Bramshot Farm

Bramshot Park is designated as a Suitable Alternate Natural Greenspace (SANG) 

A car park is provided at the entrance. 

Three specimens of Britain's most endangered tree, a black popular, have been planted in the park. They grow to 30 metres tall with a dark brown bark that can take on a black appearance. They are noted for their value to wildlife.

The first part of this project has now been completed. It was officially opened by Hart District chairman Gerry Crisp during a ceremony and walk attended by joint chief executive Patricia Hughes and other local councillors.

The site features two walking routes. Leaping Hare Loop provides a 1.3km surfaced pathway to allow for the use of wheelchairs and buggies around a beautiful wide open meadow with carved benches along the way.

The area also provides and retains the green gap between Fleet and Farnborough.

Councillor Crisp stated that this was very much a first step and it is hoped that the area would develop into a high quality green space.

20 Aug 2017

Hart District Council has started work on a new 33-hectare country park at Bramshot Farm between Fleet and Farnborough to help support Hartland Park a new 1,500 home development at the old Pyestock site.

The purchase of the site and the works to create the park has been funded by a loan of £5.3 million rec by the Council from the Enterprise M3 Local Partnership earlier this year.

The Country Park will provide a fantastic new facility for residents of both Hart and Rushmoor.

In addition to providing additional recreational open space and supporting facilities for local residents, the open space is needed to support the delivery of new homes in Hart and Rushmoor. Developers of new homes will make a contribution towards the Country Park which will repay the loan and ensure the continued maintenance of the Park.

Planning permission for use of the site for recreational purposes was granted in March with works starting on site in the last few weeks. The initial works will create a new circular walk and provide car parking and signage.

The Country Park is expected to open to the public in autumn 2017. The completed park will include play areas, picnic sites and toilet facilities


 The Views