Greenham and Crookham Commons management plan 2009-2014: Recreation

Aim 2: To maintain existing access routes and facilities whilst retaining the 'wild' feel of the common. Where improvements to access and related facilities are required they should be in keeping with the landscape and aesthetics, recognisable and consistent. The main purpose of access onto the common is for quiet recreation and the enjoyment of wildlife

Sep 2013: Walk 4 Life finish post in 1A

1) Background

The common covers an extensive area (in excess of 500 ha) comprising a mixture of landscape types and is crisscrossed by a network of both formal and informal paths. It consequently provides ample opportunities for quiet informal recreation.

There is a long history of use of the common for informal recreation, both pre-dating recent military use of the site and occurring concurrently with it (on areas outside the old perimeter fence).

A range of recreational activities occur on the common - walking (either with or without dogs) being the most popular, followed by cycling, running (including in regular organised events e.g Newbury Park Run) and horseriding.

Birdwatching and other wildlife watching (e.g. bat walks, fungus forays) takes place both informally and in low-key events led by the Ranger staff and others.

2) Rights of access

3) Restrictions

4) Facilities

Control tower The former airfield control tower next to the main car park, and its surrounding compound, are owned and managed by Greenham Parish Council. Renovation is (Jan 2015) under way, and the Parish Council has submitted plans to adapt the building to create a visitor centre. A cafe, public toilets and exhibtion/display space are expected to be provided. While not actually within the area covered by this management plan, these facilities will complement the recreational and educational opportunities which the commons offer.

Further details of the proposals are available on the Greenham Parish Council website.

5) Access to the common current position

6) Access to the common issues to address

8) Aims and Objectives (2009 2014)