The Amesbury Community Area covers 314.22 km2 of mainly rural countryside in the south-east of Wiltshire. There are a number of settlements, the largest and oldest being Amesbury itself situated on a hill overlooking the valley of the Salisbury Avon.
The villages of Bulford and Larkhill have a strong army presence, and the community area is dotted with military sites. The army plays a key role in the area’s economy and prosperity.
The town of Amesbury is the main service centre for the community area and also benefits from its proximity to the City of Salisbury, just six miles to the south.
While Amesbury can trace its history back to at least the Saxon era, the real history of the area is dominated by the World Heritage Site at Stonehenge which attracts over a million visitors a year. There are also large areas around Porton Down and on Salisbury Plain designated as Special Protection Areas, reflecting the unique make-up of what is one of Europe’s last natural semi-dry grassland habitats.
There are 22 parishes across the community area. Amesbury is the main market town, with Durrington, Larkhill, Bulford and Shrewton being the larger of the villages.