A seven-year project to preserve and restore an important area of heathland is set to start in Tadley.
Wigmore Heath, off Shyshack Lane, is home to lizards, wild flowers, and different species of bird, although over the years, much of the heath has been lost, as trees and scrubs have colonised the site.
But Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s natural environment team are now working on a long-term project to restore the heath to its original open state.
Trees around the edges of the site will be felled as a result, while the dense and scattered areas of scrub in the centre will be cleared – thereby maximising the area of open heathland.
The top soil will also be removed to expose the subsoil, and the dormant seed bank, which will enable the heather to be resotred, and to thrive.
Cabinet member for the environment, Cllr Hayley Eachus, said: “In Hampshire we are fortunate enough to support 30 per cent of the UK’s remaining lowland heather, and we have a responsibility to take care of our heathland.
“This project has been designed to protect both the future of the site, and the future of the wildlife and fauna who call Wigmore Heath home.”