Snelsmore & Greenham Common

Snelsmore and Greenham Common car parks re-open to the public

Following changes to national guidance this week, West Berkshire Council in partnership with the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) are to re-open the public car parks at Snelsmore and Greenham Common from 13th May 2020.

The following key safety advice will still apply:

  • Keep at least two metres from anyone you meet
  • Only meet ONE person from outside your household (maintain social distancing)
  • Drive to open spaces irrespective of distance (but not to second homes)
  • Avoid public transport where possible
  • Walking and cycling where possible to reduce car use

Richard Somner, West Berkshire's Executive Member for Transport and Countryside said:

"Opening up the car parks at Snelsmore and Greenham Common is the start of a phased recovery plan. We have chosen to open these two sites first as we have the capacity to manage them and to ensure continued public safety which is a priority for everyone.

"However, we would encourage people to continue to use active forms of travel such as walking or cycling where possible in preference to taking the car. We would also ask them to ensure that they carry on observing social distancing so that they can enjoy the countryside and exercise safely."

Christopher Williams, Land Management and People Engagement Director, BBOWT said:

"Greenham and Snelsmore Common are nationally important places for wildlife and we would urge the public to respect these precious sites by staying on designated paths to avoid ground nesting birds and their chicks."