Amenities and Recreation
Staunton Country Park, in conjunction with Portsmouth Water launched a ‘Water is Life’ Trail for visitors as part of the education programme. The Trail continues to attract large number of visitors and is reported to be successful by Staunton Country Park.
The Water Trail can either be guided or self-guided and is designed to help educate children and parents visiting the Park about the importance of water as a resource and encourage them to be more water efficient. The Trail takes the form of a walk within the park searching for water information boards.
The ‘Water Is Life’ education programme provides school children of all ages the opportunity to learn about the world of water by completing practical tasks using resources provided by Portsmouth Water.
The Company provides children at Key Stage 2 and 3 with water ‘information boxes’ containing a number of hands on experiments and activity sheets to assist the process of learning about the importance of water.
The Country Parks at Havant Thicket (in the Staunton Country Park) and Highwood Reservoir (in the Itchen Valley Country Park) are open to the general public and managed by Local Authorities. At other sites there is limited access by public footpaths and bridleways.
At the Clanfield Service Reservoirs site, The Hampshire Astronomical Society has for many years operated a number of observatories for the benefit of its members. Small groups of members of the public are able to visit by prior arrangement with the Society.
Portsmouth Water's River Itchen Water Treatment Works and Farlington Water Treatment Works are available for educational visits by schools, universities and other organised groups.