Savernake Park

Savernake Park

Situated in the parish of Winkfield in the neighbourhood of Crown Wood, Savernake Park is a 6.5 ha (16.1 acre) open space of public value which consists of a balancing pond, a play area and surrounding mixed woodland.

Facilities and key features

Some facilities and features of Savernake Park are:

  • a site car park 
  • surfaced paths and gentle slopes enabling wheelchair access
  • seats are placed at intervals on the banks of the pond to enable visitors to relax and enjoy the scenery
  • a shared footpath/cycleway linking it with Allsmoor Lane and beyond
  • a popular play area available for toddlers and juniors
  • a large grassed area for picnicking and ball games
  • wildlife such as noctule bats and fungi that can be found in the woodland east of the site, which is designated a Local Wildlife Site
  • the balancing pond owned and managed by Thames Water and stores excess water during times of heavy rainfall
  • interpretive sculptures of a deer, mushrooms and seeds located throughout the site

History

Savernake Park takes its name from Savernake Forest in Wiltshire, renowned for its stately, mile-long avenue of beech trees. It is likely that the site used to be part of the Great Windsor Forest, a vast expanse of royal hunting forest going back to the times of the Doomsday Book. In the 1990s Savernake Park was adopted by Bracknell Forest Council who now manage the site for recreation and wildlife.

Wildlife

Wildlife such as noctule bats and fungi can be found in the woodland east of the site, which is designated a Local Wildlife Site. The balancing pond contains a good stock of fish and is home to an assortment of waterfowl including ducks, geese and moorhens.

How to get there

The site is accessible via the car park which is at the junction of Savernake Way and Mendip Road (Post code RG12 0UX)

Access by foot or cycle can also be gained at various locations throughout the site including pedestrian and cyclist access from Hythe Close, The Warren and New Forest Ride. The site connects well with the cycle network around the eastern side of Bracknell

For directions to Savernake Park please visit our location map.

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