The Fareham Society, established in 1976, is the Borough Civic Society and is concerned with the quality of life within the borough. It aims to encourage the interest of Fareham people in their borough as a whole and to ensure the conservation of valuable features of our environment – both man-made and natural. It helps to achieve new facilities and to work for high standards in our planning and architecture.
Among our achievements are:
- introducing the Design Award scheme to the borough;
- campaigning for the retention of Westbury Manor as the Borough Museum;
- publishing the town walks;
- managing The Gillies open space since 1987;
- organising the annual beach clean at Meon Shore, Hill Head;
- donating plaques, trees and shrubs to the borough, and financial donations towards small conservation projects;
- providing interpretation boards at The Gillies and Fareham Lake and, in conjunction with Hampshire County Council, along the Hamble River;
- creating a photographic record of all listed buildings in the borough for Jubilee Year;
- donating £500 towards refurbishment of High Street lamp posts;
- to mark The Society's 30th year a donation of £2400 was made to Fareham Borough Council for the purchase of the plane trees for the central avenue in the Market Quay car park. The event was recorded by a commemorative polished-granite plaque which can be seen at the entrance to the avenue.