A two-year scheme that has created a number of improvements to Greenham Common and other green spaces around West Berkshire has been hailed a success.
The £230,000 West Berkshire Access Improvement Project, run by the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT), concluded last Wednesday.
Several nature reserves in the district have been opened up so more people can use them.
Highlights have included installing new boards and redesigning the Pyle Hill car park at Greenham Common, creating an access trail at Snelsmore Common, and safer crossing points for horse riders at Padworth Common.
Alex Cruickshank, senior land manager for Berkshire at BBOWT, said: “One of the top priorities when West Berkshire Council gave us the management of the reserves and commons in October 2013 was to improve the ways people can enjoy these wonderful sites.
“They are so special for wildlife that we wanted to make it as easy and safe as possible for more people to come here and enjoy walking, running, cycling and horse riding.
“Many of the new tracks and trails are accessible for families with buggies and people using powered wheelchairs.”
The project has been funded by the district council, Grundon Waste Management, Greenham Common Trust and BBOWT.
Members of the West Berkshire Ramblers and the local access forum, as well as West Berkshire councillors, helped decide on what work needed to be done.
Dominic Boeck, West Berkshire Council’s executive member for the countryside, said: “This is a marvellous achievement and a great example of what can be achieved by the strength of the collective.
“West Berkshire is blessed with stunning countryside, 70 per cent of which is areas of outstanding natural beauty.
“We are committed to preserving these beautiful spaces and to ensuring that as many people as possible are able to access and enjoy them.”