Buriton Village Association

Local Farming: Past, Present and Future

Dozens of old photographs showing farming around Buriton in years gone by will be followed by a look into the future.

Until relatively recent times the population of the parish has always been mainly agricultural with most families working on the land.  Although the numbers employed in agriculture declined, farming retained its significance in village life.

As well as dairy herds, beef cattle and thousands of sheep on the downs, scores of horses were kept in the village providing the main engines of work. 

Gardening in the Climate and Nature Crisis

Evening talk in the village hall

The Village Association’s spring talk will take place on Wednesday 22 March, beginning at 7.30pm in the village hall.

The talk should be of interest to everyone with a garden (or even a window-box): not just to those with green fingers!

Melanie Oxley is a local ecologist and campaigner for wildlife who also has a love of gardening.

She is a founder member of Plantlife (the wild plant conservation charity) and a ‘Wilder Garden Champion’ with the Hampshire Wildlife Trust, providing advice and support to people interested in improving their gardens for wildlife.

Butser Ancient Farm: Past, Present and Future

A special illustrated 50th birthday talk in the village hall.

Butser Ancient Farm is a unique experimental archaeology initiative which started in the parish of Buriton 50 years ago.

It is now also a very significant and popular educational site - welcoming school groups and visitors from all over the country and beyond.

This talk by Director Maureen Page will summarise the rise of the farm from its origins as an Iron Age research site to its current reconstructions of ancient buildings from the Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman Britain and the Anglo-Saxon period.

The Ditcham part of the parish

Illustrated talk about fascinating history and natural history

There is some fascinating history in the far east of the parish, in and around Ditcham Park House.

And there is also some very special wildlife which has been attracting ecologists from around the world for over 100 years.

This illustrated talk will explain the area’s connections with people who shaped science and helped the country win the First World War: the first president of the British Ecological Society and an early President of the Royal Meteorological Society.

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The Growth of our Parish

An illustrated talk by Pam Bruce in Buriton Village Hall

In study visits to Buriton in 2018 and 2019, Pam Bruce and the late Annabelle Hughes examined the history of a number of individual houses and formed a picture of how the village has developed over the centuries.

Pam's illustrated talk will provide insights into how anyone can begin to research the history of their own home as well as revealing what she and Annabelle discovered about the history of Buriton.

Admission is free - with a retiring collection.

All are welcome.

“Buriton’s Trees and Woods: past, present and future” – talk by Forestry Commission expert

About seventy people came to this meeting and heard about challenges of the past and risks in the future.

Mark Broadmeadow, the Forestry Commission’s Principal Advisor on Climate Change designed a special talk for his audience in Buriton in October.

Referring to historic records from the Commission’s library at Alice Holt, Mr Broadmeadow explained how the hills above Buriton have been a living research area (starting in the 1920s/30s) as different species of trees were planted on what he described as “very challenging soils”. The forests had been amongst the first to be planted by the country’s new Forestry Commission after the shortage of timber at the end of WW1.

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Petersfield Museum’s ‘Roadshow’ visits Buriton

During its Heritage Lottery refurbishment the Museum is visiting a different village every month

Amongst the materials on display will be photographs of the local area, taken by Buriton’s own Don Eades.

Don took photos for the Petersfield Post from 1962-1987 and has donated over 100,000 negatives to the museum. Some of his fascinating photos of Buriton, its people and events, will be on display.

The ‘Roadshow’ is an opportunity to bring things to add to the Museum’s collection or to share stories over a cup of tea or coffee.

Join in fun, hands-on, activities and handle some of the objects in the Museum’s collection – in Buriton Village Hall from 11am to 4pm

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The Growth of our Parish - POSTPONED

An illustrated talk by Pam Bruce

In study visits to Buriton during 2018 and 2019, Pam Bruce and Annabelle Hughes examined a number of individual houses and formed a picture of how the village has developed over time.

Pam's talk was to have provided insights into how anyone can begin to research the history of their own home as well as revealing what she and Annabelle had discovered about the history of Buriton.


Fascinating talk about amazing archaeological findings

About 60 people enjoyed a very informative, well-illustrated and entertaining talk in the village hall on 19 March

Ryan Watts, Learning & Community Engagement Officer from the Petersfield Museum, provided lots of information about the recent community archaeology project ‘People of the Heath’ which has confirmed that Petersfield Heath is the densest concentration of Bronze Age round barrows in the south east of England, dating from 4,000 years ago.

The talk also revealed details of ‘the Buriton Hoard’ which consists of four attractive bronze ornaments (two bracelets and two necklaces, known as torcs) which date from the Middle Bronze Age period (c1400-1250 BC).

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Buriton’s trees and woodlands: past, present and future

A hundred years ago the hills above the village were all open downland – grazed by thousands of sheep. But reactions to the First World War brought significant changes – and perhaps more are yet to come?


An illustrated talk by forestry expert, Mark Broadmeadow, will outline changes that have been made over the last century – and offer an insight into future threats and challenges.


With only 5% of the country covered in commercial timber at the beginning of the Great War, there had been worries about supplies of this, then vital, resource.