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Twyford – an overview

Twyford is defined by its landscape and heritage, by the built environment and by the people who live in the Parish.  Most recently, its inclusion within the South Downs National Park establishes its role in policy terms.

Photograph showing sunset over the water meadows
Sunset over water meadows

Twyford has a strong sense of place, continuity and community.  It is one of the most popular villages in Hampshire because of its range of amenities, its outstanding environment, proximity to the historic city of Winchester and good road and rail access to London and the South.

Itchen Navigation

Twyford’s downland landscape gives it a rich biological diversity.  The River Itchen and much of its water meadows are of European and national importance.  Twyford has good areas of downland which have survived without ploughing, especially Twyford Down, Hockley Golf Course and Watley Down. There are ancient woodlands at Gabriel’s Copse, Cockscomb Hill Copse, Roundbushes Copse and Hazeley Copse.  Around the village and within it are small fields, open spaces and large gardens – the historic setting of the ancient village.

View across to St Mary’s Church

Twyford has an outstanding heritage. The village shows evidence of continuous occupation, perhaps as far back as the Bronze Age (2000 BC).  The church is thought to stand on a ritual site from the Iron Age (1200 BC).  An early Saxon cemetery with 6th Century burial goods was discovered in the village  in 2008; the written records date from about 900 AD and are continuous from 1108 AD. There are seven Ancient Monuments within the parish and around 70 Listed Buildings.

Twyford Parish Boundary

St Mary’s Church – Latest ECO developments

We have been talking to ECO groups in the village about the opportunities for nature conservation, and have confirmed that the bank which runs laterally across the churchyard will continue to be lightly strimmed once per year in the autumn, in order not to disturb the wild flowers, particularly primroses, which flourish there and also …

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Green Action Week

Green Action Week starts on Sunday 20th September. Several events associated with understanding the scale of the problem and creating a low carbon culture. These will help you gain an awareness of the carbon costs and impacts of everyday activities and the create the motivation to reduce emissions, on an individual, community and organisational basis. …

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Chairman’s Annual Report 2019 / 2020

In the absence of an Annual Parish Assembly (due to Coronavirus Restrictions) the Chairman’s Annual Report for 2019 / 2020 is available here 2019-2020 Chairman’s Annual Report

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2019 / 2020 Accounts

Twyford Parish Council year end accounts for 2019 / 2020 are available for inspection. Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Unaudited Annual Governance & Accountability Return

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