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Friends of
Cemetery Junction

Friends of
Clayfield Copse

Friends of
Mapledurham Playing Fields

Friends of
McIlroy Park

Friends of
Waterloo Meadows

Reading Urban

Friends of Clayfield Copse

Clayfield Copse and Blackhouse Wood are located on the northern outskirts of Reading, on the Berkshire and Oxfordshire border, and consist of open meadows and native woodland. Some of the woodland is actively managed as hazel coppice whilst the meadows include areas of wild flowers and regenerating woodland. In 1991 the site became Reading's first local nature reserve and in part is designated as ancient woodland containing service trees, wild pear, bluebells, common orchids, wood anemones, etc..

Approximately eight hectares in size, the site is the only outcrop of London Clay north of the Thames River in Reading and makes up the southern tip of the Chilterns.

Isolated specimens of cedar and Scots pine date back to the time when the site was part of Caversham Park - the mansion house is now home to the BBC world wide monitoring station. (In the storm of 1990, one of the mature cedars was blown over and shire horses were used to pull out the remains of the once mighty tree so as to minimise disturbance of the woodland floor.)

Formed in 1989, the 'Friends' organise monthly tasks on the 1st Sunday of the month throughout the year, see Programme for further details.

Ten Tree Trail (Autumn)
A self guided walk around the woodland allowing you to identify some of the sights more notable trees in autumn. Details

Contact: Anne Latto (0118) 948 4454


Reading Borough Council Site Description

Natural England - Local Nature Reserve Designation

Where to find us:  Maps: Bing Google Streetmap

Future Activities

Unless stated otherwise tasks are from 10:00 until 13:00. Meet in the Caversham Park Road car park. Full details of current tasks can be found in our Programme.

Sun, 6 Oct 2019Sun, 6 Oct 2019

Sun, 13 Oct 2019Sun, 13 Oct 2019
13:30 - 16:00
Tree and Seed Walk

Sun, 3 Nov 2019Sun, 3 Nov 2019
Bonfire task

Sun, 1 Dec 2019Sun, 1 Dec 2019
Tree planting

Sun, 5 Jan 2020Sun, 5 Jan 2020

Sun, 2 Feb 2020Sun, 2 Feb 2020

Sun, 1 Mar 2020Sun, 1 Mar 2020

Sun, 5 Apr 2020

Sun, 3 May 2020

Sun, 7 Jun 2020

Sun, 5 Jul 2020

Sun, 2 Aug 2020

Sun, 6 Sep 2020

No activities currently planned.

Last Updated: 17 October 2019 9:19