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How are the grounds maintained in parks and open spaces?

We help ensure that Reading is a clean and green place to live and work by maintaining the verges, shrubs and hedges on public highways and other public open spaces. We also support Reading's entry into Britain in Bloom.

Grass Cutting

We maintain the grass verges and open public land in the borough on a regular basis (weather permitting).

Ornamental Areas

We look after roadside shrubs, flower beds and some hedges.


Our Tree Gang is responsible for:

Are there any sponsorship opportunities with roundabouts?

We are seeking more sponsors for the roundabouts in the borough - if you wish to discuss this opportunity please contact us.

What is the Parks Steering Group and how do I get involved?

Steering groups are set up to allow local people the opportunity to have a say about the future of their local park/woodland. Steering groups have been established for the following sites in Reading:

  • Courage Park - off Edenham Crescent
  • Lousehill Copse - Dee Road, Tilehurst
  • Friends of the Cowsey - between Blagdon Road and Hartland Road/Whitely Wood Road.

If you are interested in joining any of the steering groups listed above please contact the Parks Steering Group on 0118 937 2725.

What management plans are in place for Reading's parks?

There is a management plan for Prospect Park, details of which can be found in our downloadable pdf icon Prospect Park Management Plan [2Mb] and pdf icon Prospect Park (Rookery) Management Plan [859kb] booklets. 

What is the Reading Open Spaces Strategy?

The Open Spaces Strategy is a document that sets out the aims and approaches that we have adopted to best manage Reading's open space. You can download a PDF copy of the pdf icon Reading Open Spaces Strategy [418kb] to find out more. 

How does the Council manage Reading's woodlands?

In partnership with the Forestry Commission, and in consultation with friends groups, we have produced Woodland Management Plans for 90 hectares of Reading's woodlands (across 18 sites) starting in 2013. Implementation of the management plans will involve significant wildlife, amenity and community benefits - and the Forestry Commission will part fund the works through the England Woodland Grant Scheme. Following a public consultation event over the summer of 2013, the woodland management plans were adopted by us on the 26th November 2013 - the adopted plans for each specific area along with a general map of Reading's woodlands can be downloaded below.

pdf icon Woodlands Map [663kb]

pdf icon Arthur Newbery and McIlroy Park [1Mb]

pdf icon Beech Wood, Rotherfield Way Copse and Balmore Walk [1Mb]

pdf icon Blundell's Copse [2Mb]

pdf icon Bugs Bottom and Furzeplat [1Mb]

pdf icon Clayfield Copse [2Mb]

pdf icon Lousehill Copse [2Mb]

pdf icon Prospect Park and Devils Dip [1Mb]

pdf icon Southcote Linear Park [1Mb]

pdf icon Thames Woodlands - Hills Meadow, Kings Meadow and View Island [1Mb]

pdf icon The Cowsey [1Mb]

pdf icon Warren Woodland Escarpment [757kb]

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