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Andover’s Growing Green Spine plans for 2022

Rooksbury Mill Nature Reserve

TVBC Cllr Phil North has shared news on his Facebook page of TVBC 2022 plans to create a new nature reserve using land south of Bury Hill, Upper Clatford which will link up all three nature reserves for residents to enjoy.

He posts on his Facebook page, “In Andover, we’re lucky to have them in abundance – with the new Riverside Park at Town Mills adding to Andover’s growing green spine. Running from Anton Lakes Nature Reserve in the north, following the River Anton Way all the way to Town Mills, Watermills Park, Rooksbury Mill and out to the Clatfords. That’s not to mention Charlton Lakes, Ladies Walk and other more local green spaces.”

You can watch the video here of the planned ” Green Spine”

He says, “Once the purchase is complete in January 2022, the council will begin work towards opening-up the space for the public to enjoy, with the aim of having the site accessible and available for use in the autumn of next year. It’s envisaged that there will be a small car park with the reserve also accessible on foot from Rooksbury Mill out to Watery Lane and using the footpath that runs alongside Anna Valley. Meaning Andover’s growing green spine, which currently links up Anton Lakes, Town Mills, Watermills Park and Rooksbury Mill will be extended out to Bury Hill.The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted just how important green space is to our communities. It’s my hope that this wonderful area of countryside will be enjoyed by many Test Valley residents and generations to come.”