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Popes Meadow, Binfield

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Pope’s Meadow was officially opened to the public in 1985 for informal recreation.

Location: St Mark's Road, Binfield, Berkshire, RG42 4BA (51.4224055, -0.7884407).

The site is named after Binfield’s most famous resident, the poet Alexander Pope (1688-1744) who lived in Pope’s Manor adjacent to the site. Known for such works as ‘Pastorals’, ‘Essay on Criticism’ and ‘The Rape of the Lock’, Pope sang in the local choir and is also remembered locally for his poems on Windsor Forest and the River Lodden. Much of his work was written while living in the village. A grove of beech trees called Pope’s Wood to the south of the village and the surrounding landscape is where the poet is said to have gained a great deal of inspiration. The private grounds of Pope’s Manor are opened to the public once a year. For a list of activities please see our events webpage.

Pope’s Meadow is a haven for wildlife consisting of open wood pasture, pond and copse.

The pasture area is managed as a traditional hay meadow and is home to wildflowers, insects and small mammals. The large trees of the parkland (some of which are veteran) are mostly common or pedunculate oak, although there are also limes and conifers and a mixed hedge of native species. The pond is essential for supporting a variety of wildlife including, frogs, toads, damselflies and dragonflies.

The copse mainly consists of holly, oak, hawthorn, and hazel which provides good shelter for birds such as chaffinch, blackbird, thrush and robin. Shade-loving plants such as wood sorrel and bluebells can be found in the understorey and decaying wood is host to a wide variety of fungi.

Other management measures to try and encourage wildlife include the installation of stag beetle loggeries, bird boxes and hibernation places for toads called hibernacula.

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  • Easy parking and a lovely walk around a small historic wood. Beautiful trees and lake with plenty of birdlife. A wonderful retreat from the bustle of the roads. Saw they had a kiddies play area there ...  more »
  • Located about half a mile from the village centre with a small car park. Nice walk and kids play area with a pond. Be careful with dogs though in the summer as the water becomes stagnant. Nice place f...  more »
  • A small but perfectly formed place: walking all the way around will not take more than 15 mins of your slow, there's a nice little pond in the middle and a playground, also space to play games. Very nice, just nothing really special or sizeable.
  • A historical meadow, I go there almost daily. Some days with my kids because it has a very reasonably sized walk, perfect for little legs, and a fantastic children's playground. My kids love it there and so do I. The home of Alexander pope (the poet), it even has signs in the park to help you teach your kids who he is and to learn some famous quotes from his poetry! He wrote a lot of his poetry walking the fields here. As well as fields, there is a pretty little pond and some woodland. Go and see it for yourself! You won't be disappointed!😊
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