The network of community groups committed to the care of the environment, greener living and development of the local economy in Berkshire
Dinton Pastures Country Park

Wokingham District Council Countryside Service is based at Dinton Pastures Country Park in the Loddon Valley and is committed to promoting the awareness and enjoyment of the countryside and the improvment of its nature conservation value.
The 350 acres of Dinton Pastures is a mosaic of rivers, meadows, lakes, and wooded areas which once formed part of the Great Forest of Windsor. More recently gravel extraction, which took place between 1965 and 1979 for building the M4, has created a series of lakes and islands of importance to local wildlife while the adjacent Lavell's Lake is a designated a Local Nature Reserve. Numerous paths and self-guided trails enable the visitor to explore this exciting area for wildfowl, birds, wildflowers and dragonflies. Otters too are being encouraged to return with the help of artificial holts and suitable habitat.
For more information on events at these and other sites in the district phone the Countryside Rangers at 0118 934 2016, visit the website at

Holt Copse Conservation Volunteers

Holt Copse is a small area of semi-natural ancient woodland situated to the north west of Wokingham, Berkshire. The copse lies on the edge of Joel Park, an area of municipal parkland bordered by the Joel Park housing estate, the main Reading road and Holt Lane. Joel park and Holt Copse are a popular amenity for local residents and a valuable haven for flora and fauna in a predominately urban landscape.
The HCCV undertakes practical conservation work under the auspices of the Management Plan and the woodland owners, Wokingham Town Council.  Visit 

Hedge & Woodland Conservationists (HAWCS)

HAWCS is an autonomous, self-funding group affiliated to The Conservation Volunteers and to the British Hedgelaying Society. HAWCs aims are to keep the ancient crafts of hedgelaying and coppicing alive; to conserve and maintain hedgerows, woodlands, and rights of way in the area for the benefit of the public at large and for the wildlife which depends on them; and to educate the public, and in particular the young people, in the principles and practice of nature conservation.   Contact: Cathy Boddy, e-mail :
Visit the HAWC website at:

Wokingham District Veteran Tree Association

Wokingham District Veteran Tree Association was launched in January 2007 to help ensure that veteran and other significant trees in and around the district of Wokingham are properly identified, protected and managed, and to increase public awareness of their importance.
One of its main activities is compiling a database of veteran trees. By 2012 over 5,500 trees had been recorded. In 2010 it broadened its objectives to include concern for all trees, not just veterans, and in 2011 joined the Tree Warden scheme. membership is free.
For more details see WDVTA website:

Wokingham Farmers' Market

Wokingham Farmers' Market is held in Market Place on the first Thursday of each month from 9.00 am - 3.00 pm. Organic produce, seasonal fruit and veg, locally reared pork and lamb, home baked bread and cakes, chutneys, jams, specialist cheeses, trout and honey are just some of the products on sale.
For further information contact Town Centre Manager, The Town Hall, Wokingham, Tel: 0118 974 0889 or 0118 974 0880, E-Mail:


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