Parishioners and visitors are spoilt for choice when looking for woodland in or near Hartwell.
In the village there is the lovely Hartwell Pocket Park (Ashwood Acre) and Rowley Wood which, although privately owned, does have a public footpath running alongside of it.
Both Hartwell Pocket Park and Rowley Wood can be accessed from Rowley Wood Lane.
Within a mile of the village there is the ancient woodland of Salcey Forest which is run by the Forestry commission. A café and public conveniences are to be found here.
Hartwell Pocket Park
GREEN FLAG AWARD 14-15
Hartwell Pocket Park is delighted to have been awarded the Green Flag Award for the third year running!
The Green Flag Award® Scheme recognises and rewards the best green spaces in the country.
You can find the full report submitted by the judge in the Meeting Documents section. You can also find the most recent botanical survey and species list.
The idea of Pocket Parks originated in Northamptonshire. They are natural areas of countryside which are owned, looked after and cherished by the local community for peaceful enjoyment, the protection of wildlife and to provide access for all.
Our park is found off Ashton Road, 100m down Rowley Wood Lane.
Pocket Parks can be enjoyed by everyone - from the local school using them for wildlife projects to older folk who enjoy sitting by a beautiful meadow and those leading busy lives looking for a place of tranquillity where they can combat stress with fresh air, healthy exercise and relaxing birdsong.
Hartwell Pocket Park is managed by a working group of the Parish Council and volunteers from Hartwell Parish. In June 2007 the land owned by the Parish Council was set aside for transformation into a Pocket Park.
Local funding from Northamptonshire County Council, South Northants Council and Hartwell Parish Council has allowed the development of this field into a park. The 5 year management plan sets out the first steps required to fulfil the aims and objectives.
Want to know more and get involved in this exciting project?
Why not become a friend of Hartwell Pocket Park and receive regular email updates of working parties and other useful information, or just come along to the next working party.
Website: http://hartwellpocketpark.weebly.com For more information about Ashwood Acre - Hartwell Pocket Park, please contact Derek Hawley by email at the following address;
Salcey Forest is a former medieval royal hunting forest. There are public footpaths and bridleways through the forest where a range of wildlife can be observed. Reminders of the past can still be found, with several miles of ancient woodland, building remains and ancient trees. The 'druids' or veteran oaks in Salcey are rare and distinct wildlife habitats, Some of the veteran oaks are believed to be over 500 years old.