Bracknell Forest is a unitary authority and borough in Berkshire in southern England. It covers the towns of Bracknell, North Ascot, Sandhurst, Crowthorne and surrounding villages and hamlets.
Bracknell Forest was formed on April 1 1974
, as the non-metropolitan district of Bracknell
. The district took on the territory of the former Easthampstead Rural District
(in which the Bracknell new town
had been developed). It changed its name in May 1988, at the same time as it was granted borough status.
On April 1, 1998, Berkshire County Council was abolished, as a consequence of the Banham Review, and Bracknell Forest Borough Council became a unitary authority.
Since 1973, Bracknell Forest has been twinned with Opladen in Germany, continued by Leverkusen after Opladen's incorporation in 1975.
There is no forest called 'Bracknell Forest'. This name is often confused with Swinley
Forest (or Woods), which is an area of the Windsor
Estate between Bracknell and Bagshot
. Owned and managed by the Crown Estates, it comprises of woodland (mainly Scots Pine
). It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), and has protected areas for the birds that live there.
It also provides some of the best mountain biking in South-East England, with many off road 'single-track' trails available as well as plenty of fire roads. (Mountain biking is permitted with a permit)