Popular Ascot woodland bought at auction by local authority
A privately-owned woodland in Berkshire has been secured for public use after the local authority successfully bid £400,000 for it at auction.
The land, off Woodlands Ride, South Ascot, was bought by the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead to officially make it a public right of way.
The 4.3 acre (1.77 hectare) site is popular for dog walking and joggers.
The council said "there was huge a fear that any new owner would fence off the area and exclude local people".
Councillor Simon Dudley said acquiring the land which lies next to the council-owned Allens Field public space made "good sense".
The land is heavily-wooded and is covered by an area tree protection order.