Where the land is too steep for agriculture, wooded areas have evolved. These vary from mature deciduous mixtures of beech and oaks to introduced species such as sycamore and conifers. Some of the more mature trees and tree groups have tree preservation orders on them.
“The green areas in Whitchurch and the pathways are used frequently by local people and in fact enable people to meet in a place other than the centre.
“They are important to our community spirit as well as beautiful.”
– Design Day comment
The open countryside is interspersed with many small, wooded copses, tree belts and hedgerows that provide vital corridors for a diversity of flora and fauna. Bluebells are a particularly valued asset in the copses to the north of the town.
Complete hedgerows of hazel coppice may still be found either side of Micheldever Road, forming a tunnel of growth as you descend into the town from the southeast. These were used for fencing as well as wattle and daub house and wall construction. Yew and box are natural to the area, and, as evergreens, provide attractive, permanent and locally characteristic screening between roads and properties.
Grassed verges soften the effect of roads on the approaches to the town on Winchester Street and Newbury Street, while providing suitable conditions for the introduction of roadside trees.