The Community Award winning Hinkler Green is located right at the heart of the Thornhill area towards the eastern fringe of Southampton and has for many years been a hub for leisure, play and events in Thornhill.
The northern boundary of the green is a dual cycle-walkway with houses and walk-up blocks beyond and the other edges are bounded by the loop of Hinkler Road and Ellwood Avenue. The 3.4 hectare green comprises a central active youth zone, a quieter tranquil zone with new circular walkway, a history focussed heritage zone, walkways and tree and shrub areas. The topography includes some slopes downwards to the valley culvert along the northern edge and upward to the walk-up blocks to the east with two landscaped mounds skirting the youth zone. The walkways follow the direction of ‘greenways’ linking Thornhill Park to Dumbletons Copse (north-south) and Kanes Hill to Weston Common (east-west). The green is easily accessed from all sides by foot and cyclists can use the walkways. A main bus route passes along Hinkler Road which also provides car parking spaces.
Thanks to funding from the city council and Thornhill Plus You, Hinkler Green has been improved with a skate park; recently built multi use games area and a very new incidental play area. Plans are now underway to develop the heritage zone to the west to compliment the tranquil zone completed in 2010, to the east of the active youth zone. The heritage zone will celebrate Thornhill’s most famous pioneer, Bert Hinkler, with an aviation theme community events area and major entrance feature. The tranquil zone majors on nature conservation, fitness and relaxation.
The shared vision for Hinkler Green Park is “Hinkler Green Park at the heart of a regenerated Thornhill - a valued, well used and loved green space providing a broad range of high quality family based activities for all the local community and the wider neighbourhood.”
See the management plan below for more details of what is happening at Hinkler Green.
Hinkler Green, Hinkler Road, Thornhill, Southampton, SO19 6GH.