Exciting news for New Forest and Havant parks

Transforming your country parks update

Dec 9 2016

Country parks

Staunton - a Regency landscape revealed

A Parks for People grant from the Heritage Lottery/Big Lottery Fund is helping to shape our plans at Staunton Country Park, Havant. We were awarded a development grant in December 2015 and will submit our second round application in 2017 for the capital funding to restore this beautiful park.

Focusing on the parkland opposite the farm, it will involve renovating the Regency landscape and follies, improving the car parking and toilets, as well as introducing a visitor centre and a small café.

We are currently working on designs for the natural landscape and buildings, taking your opinions into account.


Lepe Country Park

We’re thrilled to announce that plans to build a new visitor centre at Lepe Country Park, in the New Forest, have been approved. The glass fronted building will include a café and an information point, as well as impressive views across the Solent. It’s one of many exciting changes happening at Lepe to improve the visitor experience.

The friends group is helping to build a family-friendly sensory garden at Lepe Point. We will also be improving the car park to remove the big puddles when it rains. Interpretation and trails will highlight the coastline’s history and show the best areas to explore in the National Park. Also, play is being improved to include new fun equipment and a wildflower maze to encourage natural play. Get ready to be amazed!

Work is due to start in the New Year and be completed by Spring 2018. The country park will be open as normal throughout this period so please come and watch as the project unfolds!

Funding success from the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership

Lepe Country Park has been awarded £850,000 by the Enterprise M3 LEP to support the transformation of the park. The funding will go towards the construction of the new visitor centre and help Lepe become a gateway to the National Park. This will encourage visitors to explore the New Forest and support the local rural economy.