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

Countryside Campaigning

 Berks Geoconservation Group
The Berkshire Geoconservation Group is a volunteer group which works with local authorities, landowners and the general public to safeguard our special landscape for future generations and to promote understanding of its geology and geodiversity.
BGG designate sites of significance within the county so that these can be conserved and enhanced where appropriate. 
BGG have a regular programme of walks to areas of geological interest and anyone is most welcome to join in. Membership is free!
More information including a programme of events at

Campaign to Protect Rural England
CPRE Berkshire campaigns for a more sustainable use of land and resources and, as such, is at the forefront of the fight to oppose the Government's imposition of an extra 70,000 houses in Berkshire by 2016. Stopping urban sprawl over the South East is now the highest priority for the CPRE .
Contacts: Margaret Cubley, Berkshire Branch Development Officer and Chairman of Cookham and Bisham Branch, Tel: 01628 1SQ  Other Branch Chairmen: Bradfield - Edward Golton, Tel: 01491 671321; Bracknell and Ascot - Robert Bonney: 01344 423880; Newbury and Hungerford - Lady Jeannine Barber, Tel: 01488 668419; Wokingham - Dr Peter Wilford, Tel: 0118 978 4729; Windsor and Maidenhead - vacancy
For more information visit

Friends of the Ridgeway
Friends of the Ridgeway campaign for the peaceful recreational use of the Ridgeway and promote an interest in its history, geography, flora and fauna. Further information from the Secretary, Peter Gould on 0117 973 3059.

Open Spaces
The Open Spaces Society, the UK's oldest countryside organisation, campaigns to protect common land, village greens and open spaces.
Contact Kate Ashbrook, 25a Bell Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon RG9 2BA 01491 573535

Local Voices campaigns to preserve green field sites around Newbury. Contact Janet Griffin on 01635 47437.

Ramblers and others
The East Berks Ramblers campaigns on improved access on paths in the county and works to encourage landowners, Parish Councils and others to arrive at suitable solutions to problems encountered on the ground. They also co-ordinate a comprehensive programme of walks throughout the year.
Contact: Margaret Welch, Membership Secretary Tel: 01753 662139 
The Mid Berks Ramblers work to protect footpaths in the southeast part of West Berkshire and fight unsuitable development in the countryside. They organise regular walks for mmbers and the public. Website:
The West Berks Ramblers group work to protect rights of way and campaigns for more access to open countryside. Organise walks and working parties. Website:
Contact: Jane Kiely Tel: 01635 32842
The Berkshire Group promotes rambling and improvement to the footpath network. Organise work parties and reports obstructions.
Contact: Stuart Shurlock Tel: 0118 972 4835

The Pang Valley Group run walks for members and the public and similarly defends the footpath network in the northeast of West Berkshire.Contact: J Banks Tel: 0118 947 3686

Try if you're looking for pollution-free walks in towns and cities.

Walking in Berks - lists all the walking groups and walks in Berkshire  - 

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