Queen Elizabeth Country Park (link opens in new window) is Hampshire’s biggest Country Park with 1,400 acres of open access woodland and downland, set within the East Hampshire Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The Country Park demonstrates a working example of how landscape management can integrate wildlife, farming, forestry and recreation in a way that is sustainable. The park became the first UK country park to achieve ‘Eco Centre’ status and was first awarded a Green Flag by EnCams in 2004.
Some of the other key sustainability achievements at the park include:
A number of land designations are in place within the park
An on-site wood-fired combined heat and power unit has been built, providing all the heat and some of the hot water for the visitor centre and main facilities.
A reed bed has been installed to process sewage from the new forest toilet block and seasonal kiosk.
An extensive recycling scheme is in place (which also raises money for charity) for paper, cardboard and cans.
The park shop sells a range of sustainable products including its own venison and organic lamb.
An environmental education programme for schools and visitors has been set up to promote sustainability and sound conservation.
A volunteer group has been established to help with all aspects of Park life and to provide opportunities to get involved.
Visit another of Hampshire's Green Flag Country Parks - Staunton Country Park (link opens in a new window)