A4 poster Christmas tree event 2017


This years Big Spring Clean held on the 4th March has yet again proved popular with adults and children. The Common is now much tidier and cleaner thanks to the hard work of all those who came along.

167 people spent a total of 300 hours litter picking on a chilly but bright Saturday morning. A huge 82 bags of litter were collected plus many other items, including 3 cones, a car exhaust, 2 wheels and various bits of scrap metal.

Thank you to all of the badge groups, leaders and members of the public who gave up their time to help. This event always proves popular with the local community and is a huge help to the Yateley Ranger team.

Litter picking is something that anyone could get involved with at any time of year, if you would like to give us a helping hand with keeping Yateley Common tidy please contact us at 01252 870425 or northern.sites@hants.gov.uk



What is the effect of this Order?

Following discussions with local users, Hampshire County Council proposes to make changes to the rights of way network that crosses Yateley Common. The proposed changes will extend the network, whilst also making it easier to use. They will also provide safer crossing points across Vigo Lane. The County Council believes these changes will improve experience for all users. They should also assist with the ongoing management of important habitats and species.


As part of these proposals, Hampshire County Council has made the Diversion Order (link below). If confirmed, it will divert the legal line of several public rights of way onto paths that are in public use today. The goal is to enhance the network by making it safer and easier to use. It is also to preserve the integrity of this nature conservation site of international importance.


For further information, frequently asked questions, or for a copy of the Order please visit the County Council website at www.hants.gov.uk/publicnotices

For further information please contact the Countryside Access Team at row.notices@hants.gov.uk, or on 01962 847096.

A member of the Countryside Access Team will be available at Yateley Library on 20th February 2017 between 10am and 1pm to answer any questions about the proposals.




(This statement does not form part of the Order)

Hampshire County Council is proposing to resolve anomalies affecting public rights of way. If confirmed, a Diversion Order will divert the legal line of several public routes that cross Yateley Common. Many of these routes have not existed on the ground for a considerable period of time. In contrast, most of the proposed routes are already in use or, through minor works, can be created.


This proposal affects parts of the common designated as Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) or Site of Important Nature Conservation (SINC). These designations help to protect the site’s important habitats and the wildlife associated with them. Reinstating many of the recorded routes would have a negative impact on these designated areas and in fact, some of the new routes may help to minimise disturbance.


Vigo Lane is a busy road used by many vehicles including lorries and HGVs, and is currently crossed by public rights of way at six locations. The proposed changes would halve this number and would provide safer crossing points for users and vehicular traffic.

The Diversion Order is due to be made on Friday 17th February, so look out for more information over the coming days and weeks.

Anyone seeking further information regarding this process is welcome to contact Countryside Access Team on 01962 847096  or by email at row.notices@hants.gov.uk .

great-titThe big garden birdwatch has been going since 1979, so the RSPB have 37 years of information to compare and look back on. To help them get even more information about how birds are doing, you could get involved and spend just an hour of your time watching the birds in your garden this weekend. It’s a great way to spend a bit of time relaxing and to get children engaged with nature.

 A good way to get more birds in to your garden is to put some food out for them. The RSPB website has lots of suggestions for the type of food to put out, and how else to attract birds and other wildlife to your garden here; https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/read-and-learn/helping-birds/feeding/index.aspx.

 Getting involved with the birdwatch is very simple, all you have to do is register for your pack then download it, follow this link to register; https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch. The pack is clearly laid out and easy to follow. It even has a calendar with hints and tips on what to do in your garden at different times of year to help wildlife. There is also a Big Schools’ Birdwatch that children and schools can get involved with. Why not give it a go and see what you can spot in your garden this weekend.


Earlier this year, extensive repairs were made to the Wyndham’s Pool dam structure to reinforce it. It is hoped that these works will prolong the life of the dam ensuring the pool remains an important feature for both people and wildlife to enjoy.


These works are so far proving successful, but further works are required to recondition the bridleway which runs along the length of the dam. The works are scheduled for next week, week commencing 14th November, where Rangers from the local Sites team will be joined by our local Access Rangers to improve the surface making it safer and more pleasant for users.

Therefore, passage across the dam will not be possible whilst we carry out the works. We will also be using a variety of machinery to carry out these works and as such we are temporarily closing the car park to allow the safe use of machinery and delivery of materials. The works are expected to last approximately 5 days and as soon as the works are complete, the route and the car park will be opened and available as usual.

We appreciate that this may inconvenience some people, but alternative parking is available at Heathlands Cemetery and the Gravel Pit and Stroud’s Pond car parks off the A30.

If you have any questions or require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01252 870425 or email northern.sites@hants.gov.uk .

Many thanks for your understanding and cooperation.

Dementia Friends

The team recently attended training with the Dementia Friends initiative. This was to give us a better understanding of dementia and how we can help people, as individuals and an organisation.

There are many different types of dementia, which are caused by diseases of the brain. Due to the diseases being different the affect on the brain also differs. This coupled with an individuals circumstances means people are affected by dementia in a variety of ways.

Dementia Friends have 5 key messages:

  1. Dementia is not a natural part of the ageing process.
  2. Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain.
  3. It is not just about losing your memory.
  4. It’s possible to live well with it.
  5. There is more to the person than the dementia.

The Dementia Friends initiative is helping to turn communities across England in to dementia friendly communities. If you would like to find out more about dementia or see how you can help, there is a wealth of information at https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/.