Welcome to the SANGS Project

The SANGS Project is the name given to the work, currently in progress, to bring a large area of former MOD land, back into recreational use for the local community of Church Crookham and surrounding area.

The site covers over 400 acres – that’s equivalent to 266 football pitches – so there’s going to be a lot more space for everyone in the community to explore and enjoy. This is a wonderful opportunity for the community to get involved in all that this enormous natural space has to offer.

The area surrounded by the SANGS site boasts a significant military history.

In 1971 the 7th Duke of Edinburgh’s Gurkha Rifles moved to Queen Elizabeth Barracks at Church Crookham, from where they became the first Gurkhas to mount the Queen’s Guard. They took part in the Falklands campaign and on their return received a hero’s welcome from the local community.

In 1977 the 6th Queen Elizabeth’s Own Gurkha Rifles took up residence finally amalgamating with the 7th Duke of Edinburgh’s Regiment in 1994 to form the 1stBattalion, Royal Gurkha Rifles.

The Regimental barracks were situated between the village of Cookham and the larger settlement of Church Crookham, Hampshire.

Unique to the area is a line of World War 2 pillboxes running across the width of the site and beyond. These formed part of the Southern Command Defense Line which ran from Hook to Salisbury.

Interestingly these particular fortified structures are hexagonal and they were specifically made for defense with light machine guns and rifles.

The area of the former barracks has been integrated into a much needed housing development by Taylor Wimpey, one of the UK’s leading housing developers.

SANGS land regeneration and management project

  • 400 acres of woodland and meadowland in Church Crookham, Hampshire
  • Nature at its best! The site is rich in wildlife
  • Footpaths, trails and cycle path plus a new purpose built 2km bridleway
  • A wartime pillbox time capsule is planned for local schools and community groups to enjoy
  • Your questions answered via the SANGS Project Forum
  • Get involved – it’s a change for good

Community Involvement

SANGS Time Capsule

The SANGS Team embarked on an exciting 'Time Capsule' project with Tweseldown Infant School.

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Send us your pictures...

Walking the dog or a family walk on the SANGS site, we'd love to see your pictures so why not send them to us.

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