Doug Jones and Carolyne Haynes accepting the award from Dame Mary Fagan

Doug Jones and Carolyne Haynes accepting the award from Dame Mary Fagan

The Buriton Chalk Pits Local Nature Reserve is situated on the eastern side of the Country Park and adjacent to the village of Buriton. The site is managed in a partnership that involves the District Council who is the land owner, QECP which provides the part-time ranger, and Buriton Parish.


The project is supported by a 3 year Heritage Lottery Fund grant and managed through a working group helped by a small band of volunteers.


The volunteers meet on a regular basis and their next work party is on Saturday the 13th October meeting in the Halls Hill car park at 9.30am. Future dates can be found on the QECP web-site in the events section at


The group is currently celebrating after winning an award at the recent CRPE Hampshire Countryside Awards. These have been held annually since 2007 and ‘recognise significant achievements across the County which support our goal of a beautiful, diverse and living countryside that everyone can value and enjoy’.

There were three categories, Rural Enterprise, Voluntary and Community, and Young Peoples. And against stiff competition the Chalk Pits won the Voluntary and Community category. Great news for everyone involved.

For more infomation about the Chalk Pits go to the Buriton Community web-site at

The CPRE, or Campaign to Protect Rural England, is a charity dedicated to the needs of the rural community. Their web-site has a more detailed press release and a you-tube clip introducing the awards at