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Longhill Park

Longhill Park is a 9.7 hectare (24 acre) site of hay meadow, woodland and playground, situated between Long Hill Road and Harvest Ride in Winkfield.

Longhill Park was formerly a refuse site that has since been reclaimed for wildlife and public recreation purposes. Today the site is popular for walking, particularly dog walkers and with families and children.

 

Longhill Park is featured on Great Places for Circular Walks.

Facilities

The facilities and key features of Longhill Park are:

  • junior and toddler park play area
  • the largest BMX skate park in the borough
  • cycling is permitted along the track to the south west of the site
  • designated a Local Wildlife Site because of its valuable plants and animals
  • the site is generally flat and reasonably accessible for the mobility-impaired

How to get to Longhill park

By car

The main car park for the site is accessed from Long Hill Road, Bracknell, RG12 9UD.

By foot

There are four pedestrian access paths to Longhill Park. They are at:

  • the junction of Long Hill Road / Harvest Ride
  • the northern point of Harvest Ride
  • the rear of Timline Green
  • the rear of Milman Close

Park management

This site is part of the Longhill Park group of public open spaces currently undergoing enhancement works as a Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace. This is to create an enjoyable natural environment for recreation, away from the Thames Basin Heath Special Protection Area.

Wildlife

Longhill Park is designated a Local Wildlife Site because of its valuable plants and animals.

The meadow area holds a mixture of wildflowers such as:

  • Knapweed
  • Ox-eye daisy
  • Lady's smock
  • Southern marsh orchid

The meadow is also home to Common blue and Small Copper butterflies.

Typical mixed woodland borders the meadow area with the rides notably containing Broad-Leaved Helleborine.

Sparrowhawks, Goldcrest, wintering thrushes, summer warblers and Bullfinch (a Bracknell Biodiversity Action Plan species) are to be found within the site as well as a translocated population of Slow worms.

There is a notable and active badger set under the scrub around adjoining Beswick Gardens.