Hampshire’s historic landscape and parks and gardens

Historic Landscape Assessment (HLA) seeks to identify, and where possible, understand the historic development of today's landscape

Historic Landscape Assessment (HLA)

HLA highlights the contribution that past historic processes make to the character of the landscape as a whole, not just selected 'special sites' and can contribute to a wider understanding of the landscape.

This will guide decisions on its future change and management. It is important to ensure that the landscape develops in a way that leaves it as rich and diverse in the future.

The data currently available is based on a rapid exercise to produce broad patterns of historic landscape character derived from maps and aerial photographs. It does not represent a detailed field by field definition of historic character, but offers a countywide view.


The assessment of the Hampshire landscape forms part of a national programme supported by Historic England.

The assessment is map-based and is incorporated into the County Councils Geographic Information System mapping.

The assessment was undertaken by Oxford Archaeology and Scott Wilson Resource Consultants. It was jointly funded by Hampshire County Council and Historic England.

Hampshire’s Historic Landscape Report

Further information is available in Hampshire’s Historic Landscape Report, produced by Oxford Archaeology and Scott Wilson Resource Consultants.

Parks and gardens

For details of parks and gardens in Hampshire visit Hampshire Gardens Trust.