Queen Elizabeth Country Park: further information
The Park has over 20 miles of trails for walkers, cyclists and horse riders, and had 278,000 visitors last year. The park is run in partnership between Hampshire County Council and Forest Enterprise. Agriculture is managed organically and then sold through the park’s own outlet, the woodland is managed and timber used sustainably, and visitor facilities and trails are in place and seen as integral and not alien to the park environment.
Land designations include Butser Hill National Nature Reserve and areas of Scheduled Ancient Monument. In addition, the Butser Hill area is a registered agricultural holding managed under the DEFRA Environmentally Sensitive Area and Organic Schemes.
An on-site wood-fired combined heat and power unit has been built to reduce CO2 emissions, and supply heat and hot water using timber from the park forests as fuel.
The Park shop sells a substantial amount of products which are sourced locally and are Hampshire Fare (link to the case study) certified. Some is produced organically within the park itself such as venison and organic lamb. The shop also sells a range of Hampshire Fare and Fairtrade produce and items from the Parks own volunteer group.