Better access to nature for everyone at Hinton Ampner
Reimagining a Hampshire Estate is a long-term project to expand Hinton Ampner and improve the parkland for wildlife, the environment and people. Visitors will be able to roam over a larger and more varied landscape, while a new trail, fewer fences and gates, and improved paths will make nature accessible to everyone.
Expanding and improving the parkland for visitors
In 2021, following the retirement of our tenant farmer, large parts of the estate farmland were returned to the National Trust. This will allow us to treble the accessible area of green space at Hinton. Around 75 more acres will become available to the public, with a total of 10 km of new paths through the estate.
We’ll create new woodlands, grasslands, scrub and wooded pasture that will give wildlife more places to thrive and visitors more space to roam and get close to nature.
Hinton will become a larger and more open parkland, with fewer fences, improved paths and gates and new walking trails.
There will be benches alongside all the trails and, as the project progresses, we'll create an accessible route so that everyone can enjoy the estate.
The new public and permissive footpaths and bridleways will connect with national trails and long-distance paths so visitors can make Hinton part of a more ambitious adventure.
Learn as you roam
Not only will all trails be clearly signposted, there will also be information boards highlighting different habitats, plants and wildlife to look out for, as well as some of the work that's happening at Hinton.
Some panels will include QR codes, so visitors can use their smartphones to learn more about the estate and the project.
Cattle will be spread more widely around the estate, helping to maintain species-rich grassland habitats with their grazing.
However, most sections of National Trust walking routes will be fenced off from cattle and there will be areas where dogs can be off their leads.
There will be clear information explaining when dogs need to be on a lead.
Everything you need to know about this project to transform the estate into a more vibrant, accessible and sustainable place where people and nature can thrive.
Discover how our Reimagining a Hampshire Estate project will increase the diversity of wildlife here by creating and reclaiming natural habitats.
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As the Reimaging a Hampshire Estate conservation project unfolds, there will be plenty of opportunities for visitors and the local community to get involved and share their experiences.