Fleet Pond Local Nature Reserve is located on the northern edge of the town of Fleet, North-east Hampshire.
The total reserve area of 57 hectares (141 acres) is designated a Local Nature Reserve. Within this, 48 hectares (118.5 acres) is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The Pond, at 21 hectares (52 acres), is Hampshire’s largest freshwater lake.
In 1954, Fleet Pond was one of the first nature reserves to be notified SSSI under the 1949 Act. SSSI status was renotified, with amended boundaries, in 1984 (under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981). The SSSI area includes the lake, reedbeds, fens and the dry heathland area to the east, including the heathy islands in the car park.
The site is owned by Hart District Council. It is managed by Hart District Council’s Countryside Service in partnership with Fleet Pond Society, a registered charity.
More Information can be found at: http://www.fleetpondsociety.co.uk
Fleet Local Leisure Centres
Hart district council provides a variety of activities to suit everyone. Hart and Frogmore Leisure Centres boast two brand new state of the art gyms. Each is fully air-conditioned and has integrated multi media to keep you entertained as you work out.
We have fully qualified instructors to create specific and individually tailored exercise programs to help you achieve your fitness goals. If you are looking for that little bit of extra motivation or would like to mix up your work-outs, why not speak to one of our Personal Trainers and see what they can offer you.
All centres run specific classes for over 50s and teenagers. We also run a GP referral scheme for people prescribed a course of exercise by their doctor. For more information on this service please contact Hart Leisure Centre on 01252 629974 or Frogmore Leisure Centre on 01252 873454.
The centres also offer aerobics, racquet sports (which include squash and badminton), swimming at Hart Leisure Centre in Fleet, dance classes and sports courses. The Council also offers a variety of outdoor sports facilities including natural turf pitches at Peter Driver.
The Basingstoke Canal Towpath Trail
The Basingstoke Canal Towpath Trail is a permissive footpath which stretches 33½ miles from Penny Bridge to its junction with the River Wey at Woodham.
It is a wonderfully scenic route, passing through a wide range of habitats from woodland and heathland to wetland and pasture, each supporting a different community of plants and animals. Wildlife has flourished in the canal’s clear water, creating Britain’s best site for water plants and dragonflies. And there are many sights along the way, including Odiham Castle, the Deepcut flight of locks, aqueducts, scenic villages and historic buildings.
The towpath is level and well maintained, providing a safe and interesting route with plenty of access points. It is clearly marked and there are information points and picnic areas along the way. The canal acts as a green corridor linking the waterway with the wider countryside and connecting with many other trails, creating exciting possibilities for long distance walks.
The Towpath Trail is highly accessible. There are several railway stations near the canal giving walkers the option of walking one way and returning by train. There are excellent road connections and several car parks along the length of the canal.
There are currently four, purpose built, children’s play areas on Elvetham Heath; with one to more follow.
Play area 1 – The Key – Senior Play area
This play area, designed for ages 6 years and upwards, is located beside the community centre. It has the following activity sections:-
- Climbing frame
- Activity centre
- Practice basket ball hoop
- Skateboard ramp
Play area 2 – Mounts way – Junior Play Area
This play area, opened in November 2001, has a nautical theme, and is located in Mounts Way, in front of Blenheim Court. It has the following activity sections:-
- Swing seats for toddlers
Play Area 3 – Twyford Close – Junior Play Area
This play area opened in 2004 and has the following activity sections:-
Swing seats for toddlers
Play Area 4 – Giffard Lane, in proximity to railway footbridge -Junior Play Area
The play area, opened late 2005, has a railway theme, and is located at the base of the Elvetham Heath footbridge in Giffard Lane. It has the following activity sections
- Climbing frame
Play Area 5
The last of the five play areas at Elvetham Heath will be provided towards the south side of the nature reserve near the fenced cattle corral.
Following confirmation of the specification requirements for the play area, a suitable contractor will be appointed to complete the construction during 2006.
Tennis at Elvetham Heath
Elvetham Heath has three, purpose built, flood-lit tennis courts that are available for hire.
None-marking trainers must be worn and no hard shoes are allowed on courts
Bookings can be made online at http://www.tiny.cc/ehcourts or by calling 01252 623700.
Elvetham Heath Parish Council now offers tennis coaching in partnership with Totally Tennis Basingstoke. See http://www.tiny.cc/ehtc for further information.
Football at Elvetham Heath
Elvetham Heath has three areas for playing football, two sports pitch’s (which are also suitable for other sporting activities) and the tennis courts/Small Hard surface pitch.
The sports pitch is suitable for football and other sporting activities. It boasts a kick-around area beside it, a sports pavilion with changing and showering facilities, and a dedicated parking area.
There is a charge dependant on the activity being played on the sports pitch.
Bookings for the sports pitch can be made by calling Becky Philips at Frogmore Leisure Centre on 01252 873454.
Floodlight Tennis court/Small hard surface pitch
£25.00 per hour for football
Bookings can be made online at
or by calling 01252 623700.
Elvetham Heath Nature Reserve
The nature reserve at Elvetham Heath is an important part of the newly established community and is managed by Hart’s Countryside Service. The reserve opened to the public in October 2002 and was then declared a ‘Local Nature Reserve’ in the summer of 2003. It joins a network of more than 800 Local Nature Reserves (LNRs) across the country. LNRs encourage community participation and give people the opportunity to have easy and direct contact with the nature that is right on their doorstep.
The reserve, which is 19.5 hectares (48 acres) in size, is a heathland restoration project. To create the reserve, land that was previously forestry plantation was partially cleared, pathways put down, boardwalks built over wet areas and fencing erected. Hart Countryside Service is trying to encourage the reserve to revert back to its previous condition as an area of wet and humid heathland through traditional habitat management techniques. Not only is heathland the historic habitat of the area, but it is also one of the world’s rarest habitats and an important place for wildlife.
Website: Elvetham Heath Nature Reserve
See the What’s on guide for Guide walks and Volunteer days.
Elvetham Heath Community Centre
In the Heart of Elvetham Heath village, the community centre provides a focal point for community activities, including courses and classes. Facilities include flood lit tennis courts and play area, the centre is also available for private hire and children’s parties.
Facility Hire for private functions
Childrens parties with bouncy castle
High Energy Classes
Whole Hall 18m x 20m 100 seating capacity
Large Hall 12m x 10m 60 seating capacity
Small Hall 6m x 10m 30 seating capacity
Meeting Room 4m x 6m 20 seating capacity
Fully equipped kitchen & cool room available
tables & chairs available
sound system available for hire
Rates vary according to room choice,
time and type of activity.
For full booking information see
or call 01252 623700.
Address: The Key, Elvetham Heath, Fleet, Hampshire GU51 1HA
Telephone: 01252 8623700