Our 'Greenspace on your doorstep' directory lists 48 local woodlands, parks, meadows and riversides. They've all been set aside by local authorities to give us places to get fresh air and exercise, with the family or the dog! All have free car parking, many with dedicated car parks. Most have dog poo bins and have been designed with dog-walking in mind.
Have you enjoyed visiting any of these places? We'd love to include some of your photographs, with due credit of course. You may notice that many of our photographs are taken in autumn and winter. That's because we're out on the heaths in spring and summer, telling the story of the heathlands. So if you fancy a small piece of fame, do send us your photographs and we'll include them. Ones of you and your family enjoying themselves, or the meadows in spring and summer, would be especially welcome. Please send them via Facebook, Twitter or email, and we look forward to hearing from you!
We're currently updating this directory and by the time we’ve finished, it’ll list around 60 greenspaces! These local SANGs, or Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspaces, are part of a ground-breaking mitigation strategy to protect the wildlife and habitats of the internationally important Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area. We’re so lucky to have the heathland on our doorstep, it’s definitely something worth protecting. Even for people not interested in wildlife, if you value wild spaces, spare a thought for the wildlife. Without the wildlife, the heaths wouldn’t have such robust protection from development.
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