Buckler’s Forest

  • Free parking (2.3m height restriction)
  • Parking bays for the disabled
  • Bins
  • Benches and picnic tables
  • Surfaced paths
  • Former grounds of the Transport Research Laboratory
  • A little piece of road transport history
  • Great for wildlife
  • Recognised as a Local Wildlife Site by Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre in March 2024
  • Choice of routes, 1.3km, 2.4km & 3.6km
See route…



Where you’ll find it…

Find the free car park off Woodcote Green, Crowthorne, nearest postcode RG45 6LN. Grid reference SU 84373 64824. What3Words: noises.mercy.almost.

N.B. We’ve given the nearest postcode, but recommend using the links to look up the exact location. The centre of a postcode may be up to half a mile from your destination.

What you’ll find there…

Huge open space in what used to be the grounds of the Transport Research Lab. With its wide, surfaced tracks, it’s perfect for running, cycling or walks with the dog.

Information boards and a mini-museum tell you about the wildlife of the local area and the transport research that once took place here. Echos of the past have been pleasingly integrated, the huge skid pad and areas once used to test ‘innovative’ ideas such as mini-roundabouts and cycle lanes! These may now be nicely landscaped, but it’s lovely that the past is being celebrated.

Since it opened in December 2018, Buckler’s Forest has become very popular with locals. Being a nice big place, there’s plenty of space for everyone to enjoy.

It’s proving great for wildlife, with rare Woodlark nesting, sightings of Crossbill and many notable finds by dragonfly and butterfly enthusiasts. The discovery of the Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly is a highlight, as well as great views of the magnificent Golden-ringed Dragonfly and also Lesser Emperor dragonfly and Small Red Damselfly. Silver-studded Blue butterflies are recorded here and, later in the summer, it’s alive with rare Grayling butterflies, thriving in flowery grassland areas, especially where there are plenty of sandy patches amongst the grasses. Other butterflies include the Common Blue and Brown Argus, and reptiles & amphibians include Grass Snake and Common Toad.

Read more from Bracknell Forest Council here.




This ‘Greenspace on your doorstep’ is managed by…

Bracknell Forest Council


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