About Fareham Society

The Fareham Society was established in 1976 and, while it has around 800 members, new members are always welcome.
The society aims to stimulate public interest in the Borough and to promote the conservation, protection, development and improvement of the environment, both built and natural, and to work for high standards in planning and architecture. The Borough covers a wide area and takes in several differing communities including the old market town of Fareham and the rural and coastal villages around it.
Fareham boasts many important features and local historic sites. Thirteen Conservation Areas house many listed buildings. Examples include Portchester Castle, Titchfield Abbey, Westbury Manor and Burseldon Brickworks Industrial Museum.
The Borough Council’s Countryside Ranger Service manages over 25 sites for their recreational and nature conservation interest. These sites encompass coastline, river valleys, woodlands and commons. A National Nature Bird Reserve is situated at Titchfield Haven at the mouth of the river Meon plus the 3 local reserves at Swanwick, Hollyhill and Warsash.

The Society monitors:

Local Plans and general planning applications, where appropriate.
Borough Council Meetings are attended and many depositions made to Planning Appeals and Public Enquiries as required.   Members are kept up to date with planning matters at our monthly meetings as well as in the thrice yearly Society newsletters.

The Society organises:

  • Regular working parties with the Council Ranger in the Gillies
  • Regular talks on subjects that may be of interest to members
  • A volunteer group who produces a detailed Butterfly Survey at the Gillies with the results sent to the Hampshire County Database
  • Participation in working parties for Beach Cleans
  • We also volunteer to check footpaths in the Borough on behalf of Hampshire County council

The Fareham Borough:


The Society periodically presents Green Plaque Design Awards to project which impress.   Eligible projects include new buildings, restoration work and landscaping.   It also provides Blue Plaques on noteworthy historic buildings and those commemorating eminent former local citizens.

Working with other groups:

The Society and its members have strong links to other groups within the Borough.   It is also affiliated to wider local organisations such as the Hampshire Building Preservation Trust, the Hampshire Archives Trust, the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England and the Solent Protection Society.

Executive Committee Reports

We make recent committee reports available in case you are interested in the inner working s of the Fareham Society. If you would like to get actively involved and mke a difference in the wider community do please get in touch.

Join Fareham Society

Why not consider joining Fareham Society to meet new like-minded people and make a difference in your society.