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Holly Hill Woodland Park

A picture of a lake at Holly Hill Woodland ParkThe best known of Fareham's parks and bought by the Borough Council in 1954, Holly Hill is being restored to some of its former glory. It was designed as an estate park and arboretum. Wind your way from the main car park to the lakes to see resident wildfowl and enjoy trees and shrubs from around the world. Alternatively, look for the grotto or sunken garden reclaimed from dereliction. Why not extend your journey into the County Council's Wendlehome Nature Reserve that will lead you down to the Hamble shore with its variety of plant and bird life. The park has a Green Flag award for its quality.

About the park

Holly Hill Woodland Park is a historic parkland covering some 35 hectares. It is in south Hampshire and stretches from Barnes Lane, Sarisbury Green to the River Hamble. Its landscape features have developed since the 1870's. From 1881 to 1893 extensive waterfalls and lakes were established with a series of islands and fine examples of Pulhamite Stonework to support the changes in level and culminate in fern grotto. The site has two distinctive areas - Winnards Copse with its more formal landscape, lakes and ornamental exotic species and Cawtes Copse with its mix of native woodland species, some of which is ancient semi-natural woodland.

Download a map of Holly Hill Woodland Park PDF (746 KB)

Download The Flora and Fauna List  PDF (142 KB) recorded at Holly Hill

Download Plant List for Sunken Garden PDF (107 KB)

Holly Hill Conservation Volunteers

A picture of flowers at Holly Hill Woodland ParkThe Holly Hill Conservation Volunteers are a well-established group of volunteers who have been working at Holly Hill for more than 15 years. They meet up every Friday to carry out practical conservation tasks. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at Holly Hill Woodland Park please email the countryside officer at, or complete an online countryside volunteer application form.

Events at Holly Hill Woodland Park

The Borough's countryside event programme is varied and endeavours to attract a wide section of the community as possible.

Walking to health

The series of 15 self guided walks around Fareham includes an interesting walk around Holly Hill. It takes approximately 50 mins – 1hr 20 minutes. A number of free guided walks are also provided across the Borough.

Have your say

From time to time, we ask local residents and visitors to the park for their views about projects we are considering. To see more about this and other consultation work, see Have your say.

Holly Hill Woodland Park management plan

The 10 year plan sets out the tasks what we need achieve between 2008 and 2017. You can download the full management plan  PDF (3 MB) .

Getting to Holly Hill Woodland Park A map to show you how to get to Holly Hill Woodland Park

By bus

First Group External Hyperlink services operate and visit Sarisbury Green from Fareham, Gosport and Southampton:

Fareham to Southampton services numbers: 78/78C/79/80/80A/80B

From Gosport numbers: 73/72A/72

Please check local timetables for up to date information

By car

From the east

Leave the M27 at junction 8 for Hamble, then take the first left along the A27. Drive over the Hamble bridge through Swanwick and turn right into Barnes Lane at Sarisbury Green. Follow this road until you see the signpost right for Holly Hill Woodland Park.



Holly Hill Woodland Park won a Gold medal in the South and South East in Bloom competition in 2009 and was overall winner in both Logo of the Green Flag Awardthe best countryside park category and the large town and small city category. Since 2008, it has been awarded a Green Flag. This confirms that it's managed to a high standard and acknowledges the hard work and dedication of Council employees and Friends of Holly Hill.


If you know of any faults, such as damaged signs, fences, fly tipping, excessive litter or obstructions on footpaths you can let us know by using the online form for reporting problems with parks and open spaces or by emailing


For further information about this park or any other countryside site please contact our countryside rangers on 01329 236100 or e-mail

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