A new children's play area opened in spring 2017 in the South of Croft Road development, called Croft Gardens.
New recreational open spaces
As part of the new development, there will be several new recreational open spaces. These open spaces will include parks and gardens, public open spaces, children’s play areas, playing pitches, allotments and SANGs (Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace).
SANGs, commonly called nature parks, are designed to attract residents and dog walkers as an alternative to the Thames Basin Heath Special Protection Area. This area supports rare ground nesting birds such as the dartford warbler, woodlark and nightjar, and is highly sensitive to visitors.
The nature parks to be provided as part of the Shinfield Parish major development area include
- Langley Mead nature park (known as Loddon SANG) – this site is located south of Shinfield Village, just off Hyde End Road. It consists of open recreational natural space with footpaths along the river, benches, common grazing land, and a car park. The SANG opened in May 2015
- Five Acres nature park – this site is located near Ryeish Green. It consists of an open recreational natural grass field with a pond. The SANG is expected to open in 2019
- Clare’s Green Field nature park – this site is an existing council-owned site that was already open to the public and which had improvements funded by the development
- May’s Farm Meadow nature park – this is located near the junction of Church and Hyde End lanes. It consists of open recreational natural space with a lake, footpaths and a car park. It opened in November 2015
- Ridge nature park – this is located near Ryeish Green Lane and Shinfield village. It will consist of meadows and hedgerows along a prominent landscape ridge with far-reaching views. It will come in phases, with the first phase in late 2017 and the rest expected to open in 2022