Crabtree Plantation

Basingstoke and Deane

Type:Country / Royal Park

Redbridge Lane, Old Basing, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG24 7HB
Crabtree Plantation


This was originally part of the Hackwood Estate. Evidence of the historical significance of this site can still be seen in the Bolton Arch, the main entrance to Crabtree. The woodland is a mixture of oak, horse chestnut, sycamore and ash, with many informal footpaths. The grassland is managed for flowering plants.

Crabtree is an important site for butterflies due to its south facing position, woodland and grassland habitat. The elms are particularly important as a resting and breeding place for the beautiful and rare White Letter Hairstreak. Each summer a local resident and a member of the Butterfly Conservation carries out a regular survey of the site.

A self guided walk leaflet is available to download from the tree trails and self-guided walks webpage. Also follow this link for information on conservation work in this park.

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