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Grounds Maintenance

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.

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Our Tree Gang is responsible for:

  • routine maintenance of trees across the borough
  • surveying trees

Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs)

Woodland management

Working with the Forestry Commission, and taking into account friends' groups, we have produced Woodland Management Plans for 90 hectares of Reading's woodlands (across 18 sites) starting in 2013. Carrying out the plans will benefit wildlife, amenity and the community - and the Forestry Commission will part fund the works through the England Woodland Grant Scheme. After a public consultation event in 2013, we adopted the woodland management plans in November 2013. The adopted plans for each specific area along with a general map of Reading's woodlands are listed 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]

Prospect Park Management and Maintenance Plan

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. 

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 copy of the pdf icon Reading Open Spaces Strategy [418kb] to find out more. 

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