Our open spaces include such areas as Itchen Valley Country Park, West End Copse to the south and Hatch Grange and Megan Green, plus many other smaller pieces of land around West End, such as Moorgreen Recreation Park and Barnsland. They form a vital part of our lives, whether it is somewhere to kick a ball about, walk the dog or cycle, away from polluting traffic, or simply somewhere to have a quite picnic and forget about the stresses of daily life, everyone appreciates breathing that fresh air.
Below are a few reminders of how lucky we are to have those fresh open spaces.
Itchen Valley Country Park
Itchen Valley Country Park is the jewel in Eastleigh’s crown. Having a country park in an urban area such as West End is a benefit to all those who love to spend a little time getting back to nature. Whether you want to spend some tranquil time walking trails, or perhaps doing a bit of bird spotting or simply taking your dog for a walk, the park is there to cater for all. Recently, Go-
A Management Plan was published in 2011. It is well worth a read to discover more about the country park that you may not have previously known. Change is continual and therefore you will not be surprised to learn that a firm of consultants has been engaged by the council to see what improvements can be made for the future, supported by funding of £34,600. Results of this feasibility study will be known early 2016.
Little Owls Woodland Pre-