Height restricted gate at Halls Hill

Height restricted gate at Halls Hill

Halls Hill is a small car park on the Buriton side of Queen Elizabeth Forest that was originally created to provide the villagers with easy access to the Park. The area is much troubled by car break-ins and fly tipping and as a consequence a height restricted gate has just been installed by contractors. The last major fly tipping incident was back in the summer when a light engineering firm from Emsworth left a lorry load of paints, chemicals and asbestos. As well as being a risk to visitors, clearing up this type of waste can cost a four figure sum.

One other issue in this quiet spot is motorbikes. These tend to be carried to the area in the back of  large vans and then used in the QE Forest or the nearby Buriton Chalk Pits Local Nature Reserve (LNR). Up to 13 at a time have been encountered in the LNR and this level of activity causes a great deal of damage to it’s sensitive habitats.

The Park currently provides ranger cover for the LNR as part of a Heritage Lottery funded partnership with Buriton Parish and East Hampshire District Council. Regular patrols are made to establish contact with all the site’s users.

'Monkey' bikes leaving the LNR

'Monkey' bikes leaving the LNR

 To complete the work at Halls Hill the Park’s rangers have replaced the fencing alongside the car park. Three strands of barbed wire have been used and the area will be grazed in the future by our neighbours beef cattle. 

New fencing at Halls Hill

New fencing at Halls Hill

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