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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
The montage shows Cintra play area, Longbarn Lane's  refurbished BMX track, Portman Road play area and ball courts in West Reading

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 preparing the soil for laying enhanced wildflower turf

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, with scarecrow

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.
SkyTykes example. Images copyright of RCI Adventure Products and Innovative Leisure.

Prospect Park Play Transformation Begins

  • Exciting new play hub and activity centre coming soon to Prospect Park
  • Preparation work for the transformation will start this week
View of Caversham Court Gardens

Green Flag Award 2021 recognition for two of Reading’s most popular green spaces

  • The Forbury Gardens and Caversham Court Gardens have both received Green Flag Awards
  • Both sites have also received a Green Heritage Site award
  • A record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award, as the scheme marks its Silver Jubilee
SkyTykes example. Images copyright of RCI Adventure Products and Innovative Leisure.

Approval for Prospect Park Transformation

  • Plans for new play hub and activity centre at Prospect Park approved
  • Work will start on construction during winter 2021
Poplars

Work to Protect Lombardy Poplar Trees at Christchurch Meadows Begins this Month

  • Lombardy poplars in Christchurch Meadows require tree work to ensure they can be safely retained
  • Work will start next week to prolong the longevity of the older trees
Dover Street Playground Multi-Unit Options

Residents invited to vote on new Dover Street playground options

  • Dover Street children's playground is set to benefit from an £85K investment
  • A selection of playground units and new equipment have been shortlisted
  • Local residents can vote for their preferred option in an online consultation at www.reading.gov.uk/dover-street
  • The winning option will be announced mid-August and be ready for use in late October 2021