Farley Copse is a large 3 hectare (7.4 acres) ancient woodland that is important for wildlife and which receives a small traffic of pedestrians. The site is located in the Parish of Binfield, in the residential area between Priestwood and Amen Corner, south of London Road. OS Ref: SU849 696.
Facilities and key features
Farley Copse has:
- a site noticeboard at the main entrance is used for notices and temporary interpretation
- a majestic, fully grown wellingtonia tree
- a badger sett that is leased to the Binfield Badger Group
Farley Copse is a remnant of the once extensive woodland habitat of this area. It was once part of a large estate belonging to the Edwardian Farley Moor House with around 20 gardeners managing the site and stretching beyond the current wood into surrounding streets. Following the building of housing developments Farley Copse has been adopted by Bracknell Forest Council to provide public open space for local residents.
This ancient woodland is a Local Nature Reserve and a Local Wildlife Site for its important wildlife. In the spring wildflowers such as wood anemones, bluebells and dog violets put on a colourful display. Roe deer can sometimes be seen grazing in the woodland and the large red damselfly and broad-bodied chaser fly close to the pond.
Three Bracknell Forest Biodiversity Action Plan species have been recorded at the site (1997): glow worm, bullfinch and stag beetle.
How to get there
The entrance to Farley Copse is located off Tippits Mead Gate. Roadside parking is available (approximately - RG42 1FH). The OS Ref is SU849 696.
Pedestrian access to Farley Copse is via entrances on Tippets Mead, Hombrook Close, the cycleways between Tippets Mead and Hombrook Close, Fletcher Gardens, and via a snicket from Golden Orb Wood.
Friends of Farley Copse
If you are a resident and would like to find out more about what is happening in your local wood please contact us. For information about Farley Wood Community Centre please visit the Farley Wood Community Centre page.