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CRoW
(Conserve Reading
on Wednesdays)

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Friends of
Clayfield Copse

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Friends of
Mapledurham Playing Fields

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Friends of
McIlroy Park

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Friends of
Reading Old Cemetery

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Friends of
Ruscombe Wood

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Friends of
Waterloo Meadows

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Reading Urban
Wildlife

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CRoW (Conserve Reading on Wednesdays)

CRoW was founded in 1986 with its first task in Curtis Wood, Calcot on the 12th March, but folded in 1990 due to a lack of support. However, in September of that year thanks to the efforts of some determined volunteers and the support of BTCV (now TCV), Reading Borough Council and Berkshire Conservation Volunteers (BeC) the group was relaunched initially with one or two tasks a month. Despite some further struggles by 1995 tasks were being organised on a weekly basis. From the outset in addition to schools and open spaces within the borough of Reading, CRoW has undertaken work for a variety of councils such as Ruscombe Parish, Earley Town and the now defunct Berkshire County Council as well as organisations like the National Trust, the Woodland Trust, the local Wildlfe Trust and Thrive. See our archive for further details of the group's history.

We now aim to organise a task every Wednesday throughout the year ranging from hedgelaying and coppicing to scrub clearance, invasive species control and path maintenance at sites in and around Reading, from Dinton Pastures to the east to Paices Wood in the west and including many of Reading's open spaces such as Clayfield Copse in Caversham and Blundells Copse in Tilehurst. Please visit our Programme for further details.

Contact: Dave 07703 309 611. Alternatively, please contact us via the Contacts page.

Please note, though our tasks are planned to finish at around 14:30 if you are only able to come for the morning you are welcome to join us providing you have your own transport. Also we appreciate our volunteers have other interests and commitments and may not be able to join us every week, we will be happy to see you whenever you are able to come.

CRoW Archive

Future Activities

Unless stated otherwise tasks are from 10:00 until about 14:30. Meet on site. A summary of current planned activities follows, for full details please visit our Programme.

Activity
Summary

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Wednesday
17th April 2024

10:00 - 14:30
Bugs Bottom
Emmer Green

Coppicing

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Wednesday
24th April 2024

10:00 - 14:30
Rushall Farm
Bradfield

Woodland management

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Friday
26th April 2024

10:00 - 13:00
The Cowsey
Whitley

Path clearance and glade creation

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Wednesday
1st May 2024

10:00 - 14:30
Five a Day Market Garden
Englefield

Task to be advised

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Wednesday
8th May 2024

10:00 - 14:30
Waterloo Meadows
Path maintenance

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Wednesday
15th May 2024

10:00 - 14:30
McIlroy Park
Tilehurst

Step building

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Wednesday
22nd May 2024

10:00 - 14:30
Paices Wood Country Park
Aldermaston

Scrub management

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Wednesday
29th May 2024

10:00 - 14:30
Hosehill Lake
Theale

Path maintenance

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Wednesday
5th June 2024

10:00 - 14:30
Fobney Island Wetland Nature Reserve
Step building and path clearance

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Wednesday
12th June 2024

10:00 - 14:30
Beech Wood
Caversham

Holly removal and dead hedging

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Wednesday
19th June 2024

10:00 - 14:30
Holly Copse
Bradfield Southend

Bracken clearance

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No new activities planned in the current programme