Hartley Wintney has a multitude of beautiful Commons, ranging from Central Common with its majestic oak trees, Cricketers Green, one of the oldest pitches in the country, Hunts Common with its traditional orchard and Phoenix Green with its wooded paths and magnificent veteran Oaks.
On Central Common lies Hartley Wintney’s most striking historical feature, the Mildmay Oaks. These impressive trees were planted in 1805 for ship building. Luckily the wood was never needed and these beautiful trees still stand, giving the village of Hartley Wintney its unique character.
Hartley Wintney Cricket Club was formed in 1770 and still play cricket today on one of the oldest pitches in the Country, Cricketers Green. This beautiful village green is host to a charity cricket match each year, taking on the might of Hampshire County, people from all over the district turning out to picnic, watch and enjoy in the summer sun.
On Hunts Common you can find the delightful Vaughan Millennium Orchard managed by the Parish Council. This traditional orchard is a place for the public to meet, remember loved ones and to sustain old varieties, traditional recipes and customs.
As well as being a peaceful and welcoming place for the community to enjoy, the Commons are also a haven for wildlife. From the many bat species you can find roosting in the Oaks, to beautiful flowers such as Chamomile found on Cricketers Green. Invertebrates such as Stag Beetles can be found throughout as well as a wealth of bird life such as Treecreepers, Nuthatches and Tawny Owls.