Happy exploring in Hillier’s Haven, Abbots Barton

A new open space at Abbotts Barton, Hillier’s Haven, has now opened for the enjoyment of local residents and visitors with paths through the woodland, a meadow area with stone fire pits, bird and bat boxes, and a sculpture trail.

The site was opened on Thursday 22 March by the Mayor of Winchester, Cllr David McLean, and Wonky the Woodpecker and included a host of activities from the Hampshire Wildlife Trust, the local Scout group and the Winchester City Council Sport and Physical Activity Team.

Cllr Jan Warwick, Portfolio Holder for Environment, said:

“We are delighted to be able to provide these new facilities to the community and I hope this new open space will continue to give enjoyment for years to come. We are committed to ensuring Winchester is a place that everyone can thrive - ensuring that people have the opportunity to benefit from great open spaces like this is a part of that.”

The site will also include interpretation boards showing a map of the area and details of the animals and plants that may be seen during a visit.

The improvements to this previously inaccessible site, which is adjacent to Hillier Way car park with access through Nuns Walk, were made possible by funding becoming available due to a recent affordable Council home development delivered by Winchester City Council in Hillier Way.