Parks and countryside newsletter, issue three

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Parks and Countryside [Autumn/Winter]

Welcome to the third issue of our newsletter, where we will be keeping you up-to-date with all the latest parks and countryside news.

In this newsletter:

  • A makeover for Savernake Park

  • Six Bracknell Forest parks win awards

  • Wildlife given a boost by local residents

  • An appeal for volunteers

  • Beloved park awarded best picnic spot in the UK!

  • Managing our marvellous meadows

  • Sites of the season this autumn

 A makeover for Savernake Park

Savernake Park pond

A new hazel hurdle

A hard working task force mucked in last week to deliver improvements to Savernake Park in Crown Wood, which will benefit people and wildlife.

Over two days, the parks and countryside rangers and Bracknell Conservation Volunteers helped with coppicing, removing non-native species and protecting new planting areas with hazel hurdles.

New planting area being established at Savernake Park

Other work lined up for this month includes further enhancements to the surrounding banks, and cleaning out the silt traps, which will improve the pond’s water quality and help to increase its capacity to store water during periods of heavy rainfall.

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Six Bracknell Forest parks win awards

Time Square lit up green and Pope's Meadow

We are thrilled to announce that six of our parks have been awarded Green Flag Awards again this year.

To celebrate this fantastic achievement, we got on board with #GoGreenForParks by lighting up our council offices at Time Square green yesterday evening.

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Wildlife given a boost by local residents

Year of the Garden 2020

Bracknell Forest Nature Partnership has presented three gold, 12 silver and two bronze awards to residents for their wildlife friendly gardens and allotments.

Judges were impressed by the range of entries submitted as part of the Wild Garden Awards, and the enthusiasm of residents to encourage wildlife to these spaces.

For tips about how to re-wild your garden and help hedgehogs, swifts and bumblebees visit the Year of the Garden web page.

An appeal for volunteers

A message from Colin Bird, Chair of the Bracknell Forest Local Countryside Access Forum:

Outdoor recreation in Bracknell Forest

"Our small friendly group is looking for new members to help us promote outdoor activities and access for all in Bracknell Forest.

"We are comprised of walkers, cyclists, horse riders and local councillors who meet three times a year to progress issues about the countryside and the rights of way network.

"These are unpaid voluntary positions. No formal qualifications are needed to become a member, but interested people will ideally have a broad range of knowledge, interest and experience relevant to countryside access.

“If you think you think you’re a good fit and would like to find out more about us, then visit our LCAF web pages.”

Beloved park awarded best picnic spot in the UK!

Lily Hill Park picnic bench

An independent national poll has ranked Lily Hill Park as the second best picnic spot in the whole of the UK!

The easing of restrictions last summer had brought families and friends to outside areas in greater numbers than ever before, so this was a welcome recognition of the hard work of the teams keeping open spaces clean and safe in challenging times.

Managing our marvellous meadows

Hay baling after cutting

You may have seen our rangers out and about ‘making hay while the sun shines’ with our 2020 hay-making programme.

This is the third year where we've been cutting our own hay meadows, which to helps improve local biodiversity and is more cost effective than hiring independent contractors.

Find out more about our meadow management on our website.

Sites of the season this autumn

In each issue of our newsletter we will look at great places for a seasonal visit. We start off with Bill Hill in Bracknell.

Bill Hill in autumn

Bill Hill is crossed by several paths that allow you to stroll amid the colourful broadleaved woodland, and enjoy the crisp autumnal scenery.

For a dose of nature in an urban setting follow the trail up to the summit where you will see a Bronze Age bowl barrow, which is an ancient monument of considerable historic importance. 

Bronze-age themed sculpture

Brimming with beech trees and fungi, woodland paths take you on an exploration through the site where you can spot amazing sculptures that celebrate the site's Bronze Age heritage.

Further information about Bill Hill and how to get there can be found on our website.

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