Sites of the season - autumn
Bill Hill is brimming with beech trees and fungi. The hill can be explored using the woodland paths which wind their way up to the summit. Here you’ll find pleasant views and an ancient Bronze Age bowl barrow (Scheduled Monument). Bill Hill has recently been improved with new paths to help you further explore the site and interpretation panels, which describes the site’s history and wildlife value.
Ambarrow Court Local Nature Reserve contains specimen trees such as Douglas fir and cedar, which are original features from this former Victorian country estate. Visit at dusk and dawn to catch a glimpse of roe deer.
Lily Hill Park has lots of marvellous trees, many of which have leaves that turn rich shades of red, yellow and gold at this time of year. The Japanese Maples in Starch Copse are particularly spectacular.
South Hill Park offers a multitude of things to see and do; from walks around the stunning Green Flag Ward winning park, which contains formal gardens, woodland, lakes and lawns, to a visit to the popular arts centre.
Westmorland Park is another place with lots to explore on a crisp autumnal day. Take a stroll through Hayley Green Wood Local Nature Reserve to admire the woodland with its colourful autumn coat on or take a stroll around the balancing pond where you can spot ducks and swans.
Snaprails Park reflects the grounds of the 19th century house that was once situated here. The original resident of Snaprails House was a keen plant collector and landscaper and today the park benefits from a range of mature trees and ornamental shrubs such as the Tulip Tree, Swamp Cyprus and three large Wellingtonias.
The Three Copses in Binfield contain hazel, oak and wild service trees and are designated Local Wildlife Sites for their important wildlife value. These small woodlands can be explored using the circular routes which run through them.
Larks Hill is named after the Skylark and is a good place to spot wildlife. Hedgerow berries are a favourite of over-wintering fieldfares and redwings and seeds from field crops provide food for farmland birds such as linnets. An orchard of around 100 local and traditional varieties of apple, pear and plum trees proves as popular for the local population as it does for wildlife, with fruit often quickly snatched up.
We have an action-packed programme of parks events this autumn, with activities including fungal forays, autumn bulb planting, gardening sessions, hazel harvesting and a field vole survey.