Countryside

Berkshire 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 www.berksgeoconservation.org.uk/

 

Campaigning Organisations

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 . For more information visit www.cpre.org.uk

CPRE also administer the 2022 Dorothy Morley Conservation Award for Schools.

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

Recreation

Friends of the Ridgeway campaign for the peaceful recreational use of the Ridgeway and promote an interest in its history, geography, flora and fauna. The Ridgeway National Trail runs for 87 miles from Avebury in Wiltshire to Ivinghoe Beacon in Bucks, attracting hundreds of walkers every year.

The Thames Path National Trail runs through the eastern part of Berkshire and forms part of the county boundary with South Oxfordshire.

The Beyonder gives inspiration for getting out and about, especially in the Chilterns and East Berkshire. Lots of interesting articles and walks.

Berkshire Country Walks’ members post routes they have recently enjoyed.

Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre

TVERC collect, analyse and share geodiversity and biodiversity information in Berkshire and Oxfordshire to help people make sound decisions about how to develop and manage land sustainably and where to direct wildlife conservation work. They also run training courses. Further information at TVERC.