Footpaths & Open Spaces
There is an extensive network of footpaths within the parish as shown on the maps
Keeping these clear may either be the responsibility of Hampshire County Council, the Parish Council or landowners.
The Hampshire County Council website enables walkers to report any problems or alternatively please contact the clerk.
Situated in Woodman Cloase on land rented from Winchester City Council the playground boasts an array of play equipment for children.
The Playground is regularly maintained and inspected. Please report any observations to firstname.lastname@example.org
Ham Green Conservation Group - volunteers welcome!
Do you know the woodland area known as Ham Green, maybe even walk, cycle or ride through it sometimes? It is a peaceful, lovely green space, previously thought to be a drovers' road.
The ancient woodland of Ham Green, (officially a Site of Interest to Nature Conservation), is on the Southern edge of Sparsholt Village. There are areas of ancient hedgerow, a few open spaces to encourage butterflies, many types of trees (including much endangered elm, yew, oak, walnut, ash, horse chestnut, apple, hazel & sycamore), and a wide variety of native flora.
Like all 'natural' green spaces, Ham Green needs regular maintenance. Rabbits used to graze the vegetation down years ago, but there are few visible now – so, it is down to people to try to manage Ham Green sensitively. Footpath and bridleway edges have to be cut back and falling trees/branches removed. Hazel trees need coppicing to keep them in best condition. The elms can be kept safe from Dutch elm disease by keeping them small.
The Ham Green Conservation Group meets every month, on the first Saturday or Sunday morning, to carry out the necessary work. We have great bonfires through the winter months, clearing the coppiced wood and keeping some areas clear so more sunlight reaches the ground. We regularly conduct flower, tree and butterfly surveys to monitor the results. We have planted new hedgerows on bare edges, as well as a few specimen trees. More recently, we have embarked on a programme of regular mowing in selected areas, to encourage the growth of wild flowers.
Can we interest you in joining us? We give training and support in all the tasks, plus coffee & biscuits at break time! It is good fun and can be as energetic as you wish. We also hold a fund-raising walk and at least one social event every year!
Contact Terry Dunn on 01962 776543 or email@example.com for further information.