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).

Rewilding Reading

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) are dealt with by the Natural Environment Team in Planning.

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.

Woodlands map

Arthur Newbery and McIlroy Park management plan

Beech Wood, Rotherfield Way Copse and Balmore Walk management plan

Blundell’s Copse management plan

Bugs Bottom and Furzeplat management plan

Clayfield Copse management plan

Lousehill Copse management plan

Prospect Park and Devils Dip management plan

Southcote Linear Park management plan

Thames woodlands management plan

The Cowsey management plan

Warren Woodland Escarpment management plan

Prospect Park Management and Maintenance Plan

There is a management plan for Prospect Park, details of which can be found in our downloadable Prospect Park management plan and Prospect Park Rookery management plan 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 Reading Open Spaces Strategy  to find out more.

Last updated on 27/09/2022