Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspaces (SANGs) are existing open spaces that are going to be improved. The aim is to encourage more visitors to enjoy the natural environment of SANGs.
We need to reduce the number of visitors to Special Protection Areas (SPAs) so that we can preserve them. By improving SANGs we hope more visitors will use these natural areas instead of SPAs.
Thames Basin Heaths SPA
The Thames Basin Heaths SPA is a network of internationally important heathland sites in the south of the borough. These sites, such as Wildmoor Heath, support rare birds such as the Dartford warbler, woodlark and nightjar that are highly sensitive to visitors.
To prevent harm to the SPA, new housing developments must now contribute towards enhancements of SANGs. Separate contributions also fund the Thames Basin Heaths Partnership which aims to educate visitors about SPAs and encourages visitors to use SANGs. This helps to protect SPAs from being visited by too many people.
This is part of the council’s avoidance and mitigation strategy called the Thames Basin Heaths SPA SPD.
The following sites are being enhanced as a SANG:
- Ambarrow Hill and Court
- Broadmoor Farm Meadows
- Buckler's Forest
- Cabbage Hill
- Englemere Pond
- Frost Folly Park
- Horseshoe Lake
- Lily Hill Park
- Piglittle Field
- Pope's Meadow
- Shepherd Meadows
- The Bullbrook Countryside Corridor – this forms a large circular route linking sites Edmund's Green, Whitegrove Copse, Harvest Hill, The Chestnuts, Longhill Park, Milman Close, Clintons Hill, Bullbrook Drive and Beswick Gardens Copse.
- The Cut Countryside Corridor - this forms a circular route linking sites Larks Hill, Piggy Wood, Garth Meadows/Pond and The Three Copses
- West Bracknell - this includes Big Wood, Peacock Meadows and Tarman's Copse
Improvements for each site are set out in an open space management plan and are designed to be above standard in order to be more attractive to visitors.
To visit the sites, see our countryside walks page.
Open space management plans
Our space management plans (OSMP) are listed below:
DocumentAmbarrow Hill and Court OSMP 2021