Popular Ascot woodland bought at auction by local authority

Woodland off Woodlands Ride The woodland was expected to sell for £500,000

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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.

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