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Weed control

Council trials weed control alternatives

  • Trials starting today in south Reading along Northumberland Avenue
  • Several alternative ways to control vegetation on roads and pavements
  • Methods include the use of vinegar and steam
Drone footage of the new activity centre

Prospect Park play centre transformation nears completion

  • Exciting new play activity centre coming soon to Prospect Park
  • Work on the transformation is nearing completion ready for a phased opening over the next few months
Prospect Park re-design

Residents invited to vote on favourite design for new play area at Prospect Park

  • Relocation and redesign of Prospect Park’s play area
  • Four exciting designs to choose from
Emmer Green Brownies litter picking

Sign up for the Great British Spring Clean for a cleaner, greener Reading

  • The Great British Spring Clean from 25 March to 10 April
  • People can sign up for litter picking equipment by joining the Council's RAYS scheme
Rewilding in Bugs Bottom

Reading Council to extend successful ‘Rewilding’ trial into 2022

  • Rewilding scheme first introduced in 2020 continues to be a great success
  • Initiative launched in 12 parks during 2021
  • Introduction of wildflowers to town centre locations 
  • Several volunteer groups created community-led rewilding sites last season
Pupils from St Mary & All Saints CE Primary School try out the new Courage Park playground

Excited Schoolchildren Enjoy Opening Of Courage Park Playground

  • New Courage Park playground now open after £116,000 investment by Reading Borough Council
  • Brand new play equipment forms part of wider Wensley Road Estate improvements, including 46 new affordable homes for local residents
Play investment

Over £890k playground investments proposed for the year ahead

  • Six play locations due to benefit from improvements
  • Focus on providing accessible facilities where possible
  • Major investment in play at Prospect Park
Work progresses on Reading Borough Council's improvements to the Courage Park playground

Courage Park Playground Undergoes Exciting Redevelopment

  • Over £116,000 of improvements are being made in Courage Park, providing new play equipment
  • Work forms part of a wider regeneration of the Wensley Road Estate
  • New Courage Park playground follows a number of playground improvements made in 2021 by the Council 
Neville Peachey RBC Grounds Operative

Rewilding comes to Reading Town Centre

  • Enhanced wildflower turf laid at several locations around Reading Town Centre
  • Rewilding aims to restore, reclaim and protect natural habitats
Girl in play area

Residents invited to help choose a playground design for Kenavon Drive

  • £100K investment in Kennet Walk /Kingsmead play area
  • Residents invited to vote on their favourite playground designs
  • Feedback invited on new riverside landscape design for the area
New trees

£40K secured for additional new tree planting across Reading

  • 48 extra new trees will be planted across Reading over the next 2 years
  • Planting in locations near schools and medical centres for maximum community wellbeing
Bulmershe allotments

Council helps encourage Reading residents to grow their own

  • The Council currently manages plots covering 41.5 ha of land. 
  • Significant progress has been made in clearing and levelling overgrown and abandoned plots.
  • Groups are being encouraged to take the initiative in self-management at allotment sites.