The County Council has long recognised that Hampshire’s coast is highly valued by residents and visitors alike, and the authority has responded to this public interest by investing substantial resources in the coast.
The County Council has pursued these objectives through its own functions and by working in partnership with other organisations.
For many years a key policy of the County Council has been the acquisition of land for coastal conservation and recreation. Over the past three decades the Authority has acquired 20 sites on the Hampshire coast, totalling more than 1,800 hectares (4,450 acres). These sites include three Country Parks and nine Nature Reserves. The total length of coastline owned by the County Council is about 36 kilometres (22 miles).