Hampshire landscape

Hampshire’s landscape is of national significance for its built, natural and historic environment

The importance of Hampshire’s landscape

New Forest, Hampshire

The importance of Hampshire’s landscape is reflected in:

  • the National Parks of the New Forest and South Downs
  • three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)
  • numerous designated wildlife and archaeological sites
  • a wealth of historic towns, villages and individual buildings

Areas outside these designated landscapes are also rich in features of natural and cultural significance.

It is essential that the whole landscape is understood and valued when considering planning, design and management issues.