Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has given the go-ahead for Beggarwood Park to become a Local Nature Reserve.
The neighbourhood park, between Beggarwood and Hatch Warren, has proved popular with families, walkers and cyclists ever since it was established in the late 1990s.
In addition to the natural beauty of the area, community facilities in the park include garden allotments, children’s play and kickabout areas, a BMX cycle track, maze and gym equipment. There are pedestrian and cycle links and a community centre is set to open later this year.
Beggarwood Park is already a designated Site of Importance for Nature Conservation, rich with ancient woodlands, chalk grasslands and wildlife including dormice, butterflies and a variety of birds.
Following public consultation, and with the support of Natural England, the borough council decided to declare the site a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) in order to protect and enhance the natural environment.
Cabinet Member for Planning and Infrastructure Cllr Mark Ruffell said: “ Beggarwood Park is enjoyed by many of us who visit it for recreation and relaxation.
"It contains important habitats and species. The council is committed to the flourishing of Beggarwood Park by designating it a Local Nature Reserve and will continue working with the local community to strengthen the natural biodiversity within the Park whilst keep the park accessible for all.
“I look forward to watching Beggarwood Park flourish under its new status.”
The LNR boundary excludes parts of the park which are used by the community centre, play areas and allotments.