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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
Waterloo Meadows

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Reading Urban
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CRoW (Conserve Reading on Wednesdays)

CRoW was founded in 1986 but in 1990 folded 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.

Email:  CRoW@econetreading.org.uk

Please note, hough 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.

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
1st September 2021

10:00 - 14:30
Dinton Pastures Country Park
Scrub clearance

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Wednesday
8th September 2021

10:00 - 14:30
Basildon Park (NT)
Path clearance plus ragwort and thistle removal

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Friday
10th September 2021

10:00 - 13:00
The Cowsey
Whitley

Path clearance and glade creation

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Wednesday
15th September 2021

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

Scrub clearance

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Wednesday
22nd September 2021

10:00 - 14:30
Greys Court (NT)
Fence removal

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Friday
24th September 2021

10:00 - 13:00
The Cowsey
Whitley

Path clearance and glade creation

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Wednesday
29th September 2021

10:00 - 14:30
Waterloo Meadows
Creating scrapes for wildflower sowing

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Wednesday
6th October 2021

10:00 - 14:30
Basildon Park (NT)
Task to be agreed

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Wednesday
13th October 2021

10:00 - 14:30
Highwood Nature Reserve
Woodley

Heathland restoration

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Wednesday
20th October 2021

10:00 - 14:30
Dinton Pastures Country Park
Scrub clearance

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Wednesday
27th October 2021

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

Coppicing

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Wednesday
3rd November 2021

10:00 - 14:30
Ruscombe Church
Hedgelaying

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Wednesday
10th November 2021

10:00 - 14:30
Highwood Nature Reserve
Woodley

Heathland restoration

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Wednesday
17th November 2021

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

Replace raised bed

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Wednesday
24th November 2021

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

Coppicing

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Wednesday
1st December 2021

10:00 - 14:30
Nores Hill Wood
Shinfield

Coppicing

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Friday
3rd December 2021

10:00 - 14:30
Site to be advised
Christmas Tree Harvest

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Wednesday
8th December 2021

10:00 - 14:30
Highwood Nature Reserve
Woodley

Heathland restoration

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Wednesday
15th December 2021

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

Coppicing

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Wednesday
22nd December 2021

10:00 - 14:30
Rushall Farm
Bradfield

Woodland management

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Wednesday
29th December 2021

10:00 - 14:30
Rushall Farm
Bradfield

Woodland management

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Wednesday
5th January 2022

10:00 - 14:30
Fobney Island Wetland Nature Reserve
Hedgelaying

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Wednesday
12th January 2022

10:00 - 14:30
Highwood Nature Reserve
Woodley

Heathland restoration

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Wednesday
2nd February 2022

10:00 - 14:30
Fobney Island Wetland Nature Reserve
Hedgelaying

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Wednesday
9th February 2022

10:00 - 14:30
Highwood Nature Reserve
Woodley

Heathland restoration

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Wednesday
16th February 2022

10:00 - 14:30
Nores Hill Wood
Shinfield

Coppicing

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Wednesday
2nd March 2022

10:00 - 14:30
Fobney Island Wetland Nature Reserve
Hedgelaying

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Wednesday
9th March 2022

10:00 - 14:30
Watermill Court
Woolhampton

Pond maintenance

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No activities planned in the current programme