New recreational open spaces
As part of the new development, there will be several new recreational open spaces for residents to enjoy the natural environment. These open spaces will include parks and gardens, public open spaces, children’s play areas, playing pitches, allotments and nature parks ( SANGs --Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace).
SANGs are designed to attract residents and dog walkers as an alternative to the Thames Basin Heath Special Protection Area, which supports rare ground nesting birds such as the dartford warbler, woodlark and nightjar and are highly sensitive to visitors.
In North Wokingham, there will be 4 new SANGS along the A329M, with footpaths, ponds and landscaping. The Kentwood Farm SANG is already open and consists of 4 hectares of open space and a temporary car park. The Matthewsgreen SANG is now open. Constuction is starting soon on the Bell Farm SANG, along the A329M. The footpath between Emmbrook School and Forrest Road is now open.
The Matthewsgreen neighbourhood will have 2 children’s play areas. The Keephatch Beech development will have an area of allotments and a noise-reducing hill with a fence along the A329M.