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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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Friends of Clayfield Copse

Clayfield Copse and Blackhouse Wood are located on the northern outskirts of Reading, on the Berkshire and Oxfordshire border, and consist of open meadows and native woodland. Some of the woodland is actively managed as hazel coppice whilst the meadows include areas of wild flowers and regenerating woodland. In 1991 the site became Reading's first local nature reserve and in part is designated as ancient woodland containing service trees, wild pear, bluebells, common orchids, wood anemones, etc..

Approximately eight hectares in size, the site is the only outcrop of London Clay north of the Thames River in Reading and makes up the southern tip of the Chilterns.

Isolated specimens of cedar and Scots pine date back to the time when the site was part of Caversham Park - the mansion house is now home to the BBC world wide monitoring station. (In the storm of 1990, one of the mature cedars was blown over and shire horses were used to pull out the remains of the once mighty tree so as to minimise disturbance of the woodland floor.)

Formed in 1989, the 'Friends' organise monthly tasks on the 1st Sunday and the 3rd Monday of the month throughout the year, see Programme for further details.

Photographs from Clayfield Copse

Mature Ash Photographic Survey

Ten Tree Trail (Autumn)
A self-guided walk around the woodland allowing you to identify some of the sights more notable trees in autumn.

Natural Regeneration
A self-guided walk through the regenerating fields at Clayfield showing what has happened over the last 20 years and some of the reasons why.

Contact: Peter 07748 766 340

Email:  clayfield@econetreading.org.uk

Reading Borough Council Site Description

Natural England - Local Nature Reserve Designation

Where to find us:  Google

Future Activities

Unless stated otherwise tasks are from 10:00 until 12:30. Meet at the Car Park, Caversham Park Road car park. A summary of current planned activities follows, for full details please visit our Programme.

Activity
Summary

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Sunday
5th December 2021

10:00 - 12:30
Regular monthly task

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Monday
20th December 2021

10:00 - 12:30
Regular monthly task

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Sunday
2nd January 2022

10:00 - 12:30
Regular monthly task

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Monday
17th January 2022

10:00 - 12:30
Regular monthly task

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Sunday
6th February 2022

10:00 - 12:30
Regular monthly task

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Monday
21st February 2022

10:00 - 12:30
Regular monthly task

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Sunday
6th March 2022

10:00 - 12:30
Regular monthly task

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Monday
21st March 2022

10:00 - 12:30
Regular monthly task

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Sunday
3rd April 2022

10:00 - 12:30
Regular monthly task

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Monday
18th April 2022

10:00 - 12:30
Regular monthly task

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Wednesday
20th April 2022

10:00 - 14:30
Path clearance and bramble removal
CRoW task

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No activities planned in the current programme

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