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Next step for Bracknell Forest’s new country park

Procurement plans for the creation of a country park at Horseshoe Lake in Sandhurst were approved by Bracknell Forest Council’s Executive when they met yesterday evening (Tuesday, 18 June).

Following the procurement sign off, the council will now begin the tender process to find a site contractor.

Consultation continues with key organisations including Natural England and local partners focusing on enhancing the site for both people and wildlife.

Opportunities proposed for visitors include:

  • confidence to make longer stays – through providing toilets, baby change, shelter, refreshments and picnic opportunities
  • accessible nature for those with limited mobility – through comfortable places to enjoy spectacular views and wildlife watching, over the Blackwater Valley and Finchampstead Ridges
  • environmental learning for children and adults – through interpretation, indoor and outdoor displays events and volunteering opportunities
  • healthy and exciting outdoor exercise and play – through a natural play area, walking routes and events, both on and off the water
  • access to parking – through upgrades to make sure the site can confidently cater for existing and future demand

A planning application will be prepared and submitted for the country park in October/November 2019.

Cllr John Harrison, Executive Member for Culture, Delivery and Public Protection, said:

“This is an important step in the development of a country park for the borough. We will be working with local partners and agencies to make sure that we design and build this facility sensitively for the benefit of nature and Bracknell Forest residents.”

You can keep up-to-date with plans for the country park on our webpage.

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