Reading councillors debate plans for town's woodlands

Clayfield Copse Clayfield Copse is one of 16 areas of woodland earmarked for management

Related Stories

Plans to protect and maintain woodlands in Reading have been debated.

Reading Borough Council says management strategies are needed following changes to how timber and other wood are grown in commercial woodland.

Plans for 16 areas of woodland across the borough were agreed by councillors following a seven-week public consultation earlier this year.

Local wildlife groups hope the plans will protect biodiversity as well as encourage increased public access.

The plans have been developed by the council, the Forestry Commission and a number of local interest groups.

Reading Urban Wildlife Group said it was concerned there was "a direct conflict" between public access and protecting biodiversity.

A spokesman said: "A proportion of regular users are dog walkers, who have limited interest in conservation objectives and just require a set of circular routes to use.

"Other persons are primarily interested in mountain biking areas or the shortest route to play areas.

"All of these are perfectly understandable, but we would like to see larger woodland sites in Reading with an area, or a few areas, primarily for biodiversity rather than public use."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Berkshire



18 °C 9 °C


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.