Tidworth Community Area covers 183km2 of rural countryside in the east of Wiltshire bordering the county of Hampshire. There are two main settlements, Ludgershall and the garrison town of Tidworth.
The town of Tidworth came into being with the acquisition by the Army in 1897 of large tracts of Salisbury Plain as a training ground. Since then the area has been dominated by the Army and the Tidworth, Netheravon and Bulford Garrison has now been designated as part of one of the country’s first ‘super garrisons’.
The numbers of military personnel and their families based in the Salisbury Plain Super Garrison area have been increasing since 2006 and will continue to do so under the Army 2020 plan. The aspiration for the Salisbury Plain Super Garrison is that it will improve the quality of life for those living and working within it, with greater stability and more opportunity for integration with the civilian community.
The community area also benefits from substantial investment by the Army through the provision of excellent sporting facilities shared with the community, such as the Tidworth Leisure Centre, which also houses a library, and the Oval athletics track.