New public park opens in Emmbrook

03 January 2017

Opening of the park

A new public park has been opened in Emmbrook, thanks to Bovis Homes. The park is a Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace, or SANG, and part of the Matthewsgreen Farm housing development which is being delivered by the company.

Bovis Homes worked in close partnership with Wokingham Borough Council to deliver the SANG, which was formally opened by Councillor Angus Ross, Wokingham Borough Council's Portfolio Holder for Environment. Local residents' groups, Wokingham Borough councillors for the Emmbrook ward and town councillors were also invited to the opening.

Cllr Ross said: "I am delighted to see another SANG or country park here.  We are lucky to have to provide even more open space for our new developments within seven kilometres of Heathland.  We are approaching 100 Hectares in the borough.  The new area at Toutley will mature into another great outdoor facility to encourage residents to exercise, with or without a dog."

The new SANG covers 6.7 hectares and is accessed via Old Forest Road. Featuring walkways and bridges across the Emm Brook, as well as ponds, newly planted trees and wildflowers, the SANG will be an attractive, open green space - ideal for those keen to enjoy the great outdoors.

Terry Tedder, regional Managing Director for Bovis Homes Thames Valley, said: "After years of careful design and hard work we are delighted that we are now ready to welcome local residents to the new park. We hope that this previously inaccessible land will become a well-loved outdoors area for the community to enjoy."