The story of the magic of Park Wood

A short description of Park Wood

Park Wood is a small wood just to the north of Waterlooville. It is managed by the Woodland Trust with the help of The Friends of Park Wood, an active volunteer group. The wood was once part of the Forest of Bere, but then became part of the Hart Plain Estate. You can still see the remains of the old walled garden and species from the ornamental woodland that once occupied the site.

You can find trees such as oak and yew here as well plants like bluebells in the spring, orchids in the summer and fungi in the autumn. The woodland is also home to many different animals including bats, birds and butterflies.

The wood is now managed as a public amenity and nature conservation area, and we hope you will enjoy exploring this special site.


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    • Restricted use


Go through the gate to the big oak tree with the farm machinery. Walk along the path to the left, go over two small wooden bridges keeping the stream to your left.

Bear left by the notice board and walk along over the little wooden bridge.

As you walk along look for the fallen tree to your right then bear right over the little ditch. Continue along the path, straight across at the little crossroads onto the clearing with the bench.

Carry on and turn left onto the path. Continue for 40m and then bear right. Follow the track until you come to the yew tree on the left by the fence. Continue along the path. You come to a T junction. Turn left and continue along the path until you come to the feet sculpture. Continue along the path until you come to the large yew tree on your right and back to the start.