Friends of Emery Down

In the summer of 2015 the owners of Emery Down Wood, Aldworth Road (opposite the end of School Lane) placed it up for sale.  It was suggested that the village might try to buy it to prevent development and to allow public access. To enable the purchase to take place without complications, a charity 'Friends of Emery Down' (Reg. Charity No. 1162730) was established. Further information on the trustees and the aims of the charity can be found here.

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Click here for the March Country Neighbour Article from the Friends of Emery Down.


19th January, Pang Valley Conservation Volunteers arrived bright and early at Emery Down Wood to carry out some conservation work to create a wonderful woodland classroom for Basildon CE Primary School.  Over the course of the day not only was the classroom completed, but the volunteers also achieved our aim of removing some of the brambles growing amongst the cherry trees and cutting a substantial amount of ivy from roadside trees, in order to prepare them for a safety assessment.

Friends of Emery Down would like to thank the West Berkshire Countryside Society volunteers for all their hard work and for making the day both productive and fun.

Click here to see some photos from the day. 


On Tuesday 19th January we will be carrying out some initial work in the woodland in conjunction with Pang Valley Countryside Volunteers. The main aim on Tuesday will be to create a woodland classroom for Basildon Primary school, establishing an open sitting area by removing small holly seedlings and making some dead trees safe. In addition we are hoping to remove some of the brambles in amongst cherry trees and cut ivy off roadside trees so they can be properly assessed for safety.  Some notable large trees have been identified and marked up as such.  The trustees will be on hand during the day to answer any questions you may have.  Please be assured that the work is in line with our vision for a safe, naturally regenerating woodland that will bring pleasure to our community for generations.