Points of Interest - Blagrave Park and Blundells Copse

Blagrave Park is very much a small English town park. The land was donated by the Blagrave family and it was opened as a park in1894. It is flat and now has two childrenís play areas and is mainly open grassy space, much loved by young footballers. The park is surrounded by large specimen trees - the result of a planting program undertaken some years ago.

The Western entrances into Blundellís Copse are from an open area. Blundellís used to be in two areas - Blundellís copse and Blundellís wood. The wood no longer exists but the open area would have bordered on the area that was previously the wood. Happily the copse is now a nature reserve and although it is bounded on all sides by modern housing estates it is a quiet enclave hosting a wide variety of shrubs, trees, flowers and birds. As with Blagrave Park it has benefitted from a tree and shrub planting program which has enriched the copse.

Blundells Copse is a rather U shaped thickly wooded area. A natural stream runs the length of Blundells Copse. A feature of the stream is that the banks show clearly the clay strata, and the gravel and sand layers which are typical of the area. As with many of the water courses in the Tilehurst area, it has been seen fit to feed the streams into concrete tubes and convey the water underground. Other such piped streams are along Overdown Road and Chapel Hill.

The wooden bridge across the stream was recently rebuilt by volunteers. The path across the stream leads into the playing fields of Moorlands School.

This area was previously known as the Moor. It was from this name that Moorlands School derived its name.

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