About Savernake Park
Situated in the parish of Winkfield in the neighbourhood of Crown Wood, Savernake Park is a 6.5 hectare (16.1 acre) open space of public value which consists of a balancing pond, a play area and surrounding mixed woodland.
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.
Some facilities and features of Savernake Park are:
- a site car park
- surfaced paths and gentle slopes enabling wheelchair access
- surfaced paths and a shared footpath/cycleway linking it with Allsmoor Lane and beyond
- seats placed at intervals on the banks of the pond
- a popular play area available for toddlers and seniors
- a large grassed area for picnicking and ball games
- the woodland east of the site is designated a Local Wildlife Site
- a balancing pond owned and managed by Thames Water, which excess water during times of heavy rainfall
- interpretive sculptures of a deer, mushrooms and seeds located throughout the site
How to get to Savernake Park
The car park is at the junction of Savernake Way and Mendip Road. The post code is RG12 0UX.
By foot or bike
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.
In the 1990s Savernake Park was adopted by Bracknell Forest Council who now manage the site for recreation and wildlife.
In October 2020, we started a project to improve the site. Some of the improvements we have carried out to date are listed below.
Cleaning silt traps
Increases the pond’s capacity and effectiveness in controlling water and improve water quality.
New natural coir planting around the pond margins
Helps to stabilise the pond mud banks and prevent further erosion.
Newly planted heathland areas
Provides a more pleasant environment and a new habitat for species including insects, reptiles and birds.
Woodland enhancement works
Provides a more pleasant environment and an improved home for woodland wildlife such as, bullfinches, stag beetles and bats.
Plant species added
- 2000 bulbs
- 125 ferns
- 20 honey suckle
- 10 field rose
- 140 heather plants and seed
- 132 trees
- 2000 wild flower plug plant
- 2 patches of wildflower seed, one general purpose and one woodland
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.