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Enhancing Greenspace in Petersfield – Empowering Our Community (for the future)

Wed, 29 May 2024 19:00 – 21:30

The last few months have been the wettest on record, and this is likely to be due, in part, to climate change. We need to adapt to prepare for the future, and our Open Forum is an opportunity for Petersfield residents to hear from, and ask questions of, those who manage various greenspaces in and around the town.

Petersfield Society is a charity led by volunteers working with the community to conserve and enhance the special character of this historic market town and surrounding villages, to ensure it remains an attractive, enjoyable and distinctive place in which to live, work and visit.
We are a member of Civic Voice, the national charity representing hundreds of local civic and amenity societies in communities across England. 

Our aims are to:

  • Provide a voice for the community on local development and environmental issues;
  • Protect and improve the quality of life in Petersfield and the surrounding countryside;
  • Encourage the protection of buildings of architectural or historical interest;
  • Encourage the maintenance and enhancement of the natural environment;
  • Influence future planning and design for the town and surrounding villages;
  • Participate in the development of local and district policies relating to townscape, landscape, traffic and the countryside;
  • Support local enhancement projects and foster a sense of community pride;
  • Campaign for or against any issues which affect the locality.


Petersfield Society are in need of community volunteers to help us achieve our aims.

There are so many things we could do if only we had the volunteers to help. Maybe you have a bee in your bonnet about something in or around Petersfield and don’t know how to address it. Maybe you just want to be involved in something bigger than yourself, where you can meet new people and ‘get involved’. Please get in touch – our members are the lifeblood of the Society and we need your input. Not a member? Don’t let that stop you!! Get in touch – we’d love to hear from you. Contact us here


Litter-pickers ready to clean the streets in Petersfield

If we want our town to be full of interesting and vibrant shops we need to support them; we need to actively buy from them rather than buying onlin whenever possible. 


Because there are so many aspects of local life we could get involved in, and because each of our members, and indeed Trustees, has their own area of interest, Petersfield Society is structured into four working groups. that are briefly outlined below. 



The town and surrounding villages continue to grow. We encourage great design whilst discouraging that which detracts from the unique local character.


Focussing on the natural environment, with recent successes including influencing the retention of trees in The Square, and the acclaimed i-Tree survey.


Consulting and influencing issues such as the Petersfield Spine project, pedestrian, cycle and other road-user safety, and shared access to our transport infrastructure.


The Society uses a variety of means through which to engage with both its membership and the wider community, including Community Forum events to encourage conversation. 


There are always a number of ongoing projects bubbling away within Petersfield Society. Here’s a few underway at present:

Image of the estate agents Cubit & West shopfront

Petersfield Tree Trail

The Petersfield Tree Trail was written by local Tree Warden Robin Hart and takes you on a route of some 2 miles around the town and Heath pond.
See more and order here


This “citizen science” project follows on from the i-Tree Report to identify areas of land owned or managed by the local authority where further tree planting could take place.  See the results here


This detailed survey into the Tree stock in Petersfield uncovered the uncomfortable truth that we have fewer trees than many other areas in the country. See the results here

Image of the estate agents Cubit & West shopfront


With the widely publicised difficulties on the nations High Streets even before the pandemic struck, there is a real need for every business to look it’s best in order to promote Petersfield as a destination. See more here

“I would like to take this opportuity to thank our Trustees and volunteers for their endless enthusiasm and goodwill towards the various projects the Society undertakes. Without these individuals we simply wouldn’t be able to cover the breadth of activities we do. 

Please take a look at our achievements and Timeline of activities to see some of the impact we have had on the local environment over the years.

Graham Brown

Chairman, Petersfield Society, Sept 2015-2020


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