Bracknell Forest Council, also known as Bracknell Forest Borough Council is the local authority of Bracknell Forest in Berkshire, England. It is a unitary authority, having the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined.
It consists of 42 councillors that are elected from 18 wards.
Bracknell Forest Council
|Founded||1 April 1974|
Mayor of Bracknell Forest
Cllr Tine McKenzie-Boyle, Conservative
since 24 May 2017
Leader of the Council
Length of term
|7 May 2015|
|2 May 2019|
|Easthampstead House, Bracknell|
The 2015 Bracknell Forest Borough Council election took place on 7 May 2015 to elect all the members of Bracknell Forest Borough Council in England to coincide with other local elections, an election which was held simultaneously with the 2015 General Election, resulting in higher turnout than the previous election.2019 Bracknell Forest Borough Council election
The 2019 Bracknell Forest Borough Council election took place on 2 May 2019 to elect members of Bracknell Forest Borough Council in England.
The Conservative Party has controlled the council since its establishment as a unitary authority in 1997.Ambarrow Court
Ambarrow Court is a local nature reserve on the edge of Little Sandhurst in the English county of Berkshire. The nature reserve is under the management of Bracknell Forest Borough Council.Birch Hill
Birch Hill is a southern suburb of Bracknell, originally part of the now-defunct civil parish of Easthampstead, in the English county of Berkshire.Although Birch Hill is a separate ward in Bracknell Town Council it is combined with Hanworth to form Hanworth ward in Bracknell Forest Council.The Birch Hill estate was built in the 1970s on the slightly higher ground above South Hill Park, a Georgian and Victorian country house in beautiful parkland with two lakes (known locally as North Lake and South Lake), now an arts centre. Birch Hill is bounded by Hanworth to the west, Crown Wood and Forest Park to the north-east, Easthampstead to the north and Nine Mile Ride and the Crown plantations of Swinley Forest to the south.
Facilities include Birch Hill Primary School , a large Sainsbury's supermarket near the A322, a shopping centre that also serves Hanworth, a library, community centre and the Silver Birch public house. Coral Reef Water Park  and the Look Out Discovery Centre  are nearby.
The streets in Birch Hill are named in alphabetic order. For example, the southernmost area includes from east to west Naseby, Northcott, Nutley, Oakengates, Octavia, Orion, Qualitas and Quintilis.Birch Hill was featured in an episode of Road Wars that was shown on Sky 3 on 12 November 2009.Bracknell Forest
Bracknell Forest is one of six unitary authority areas within Berkshire in southern England. It covers the three towns of Bracknell, Sandhurst and Crowthorne and also includes the areas of North Ascot, Warfield and Winkfield. Parts of the borough border neighbouring boroughs such as Wokingham Borough Council and the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead. The south of the borough also borders parts of Surrey and Hampshire.Bracknell Forest Borough Council elections
Bracknell Forest is a unitary authority in Berkshire, England. Until 1 April 1998 it was a non-metropolitan district.Brakenhale Academy
The Brakenhale School is a mixed secondary school and sixth form located in Bracknell in the English county of Berkshire.Berkshire County Council opened the school in 1958 as Borough Green City Secondary Modern School. It was later renamed The Brakenhale School. In April 1998 it became a community school administered by Bracknell Forest Council. In April 2016 The Brakenhale School converted to academy status and is now sponsored by the Greenshaw Learning Trust. However the school continues to coordinate with Bracknell Forest Council for admissions.
Brakenhale offers GCSEs and BTECs as programmes of study for pupils, while students in the sixth form have the option to study a range of A Levels and additional BTECs.Bullbrook
Bullbrook is a suburb of Bracknell , in the English county of Berkshire, formerly part of the parish of Winkfield. It is named after the Bull Brook which runs through the area, although most of the brook now runs underground in culverts. Bullbrook is one of the earlier estates of Bracknell and was built in the late 1950s.
The estate lies largely north of the A329 road and its borders begin immediately east of Bracknell town centre. The section between the A329 and the railway line, Bullbrook 4, is now part of Harmans Water ward following boundary changes in 2003.Facilities include a small shopping centre, a community centre, several public houses and Holly Spring school. Lily Hill Park is an extensive area of woodland and historic parkland. Within the park is Lily Hill House, built between 1814-1817 and now used as a business centre.The eastern industrial area is a business area. The Royal Berkshire Bracknell Clinic is at Brants Bridge.Kezia Obama, the stepmother of United States President Barack Obama, is a resident of Bullbrook.Caesar's Camp, Bracknell Forest
Caesar's Camp is an Iron Age hill fort around 2400 years old. It is located just in Crowthorne civil parish to the south of Bracknell in the English county of Berkshire. It falls within the Windsor Forest and is well wooded, although parts of the fort have now been cleared of some trees. The area is managed by the Forestry Commission but owned by Crown Estate, and is open and accessible to the public. The hill fort covers an area of about 17.2 acres (7 hectares) and is surrounded by a mile-long ditch, making it one of the largest in southern England.Farley Copse
Farley Copse is a local nature reserve in Farley Wood. The nature reserve is owned and managed by Bracknell Forest Borough Council.Farley Wood
Farley Wood is a suburb in the civil parish of Binfield, approximately 1.2 miles (1.9 km) west of Bracknell, in the English county of Berkshire. Farley Wood is dominated by Farley Copse (sometimes known as Farley Moor Copse), a large woodland and local nature reserve on the slopes falling away from Farley Hall and Farley Moor, two large Victorian houses.Following the building in the 1980s of a small housing estate either side of the Turnpike Road, the remaining copse was adopted by Bracknell Forest Borough Council providing a large woodland space full of oak, beech and ash trees; it is also home to a large Wellingtonia pine as well as various Roe Deer. Farley Wood Community Centre is nearby .
To the south of the wood is Farley Moor Lake in the vicinity of which are many of Bracknell's big employers, such as Cable & Wireless, 3M, Fujitsu, HP and Dell in the nearby Amen Corner Business Park.Hanworth, Bracknell
Hanworth is a southern suburb of Bracknell, originally part of the now-defunct civil parish of Easthampstead, in the English county of Berkshire.
The Hanworth estate was built in the 1970s upon the site of the wooded Hanworth Plantation. It is bounded by Birch Hill to the east, Great Hollands to the north-west, Easthampstead and the Church Hill estate to the north and the Nine Mile Ride and Crown plantations at Crowthorne Woods to the south. The Iron Age hill fort of Caesar's Camp is basically at Hanworth, although it has been transferred to the parish of Crowthorne.
Although Hanworth is a separate ward in Bracknell Town Council it is combined with Birch Hill to form Hanworth ward in Bracknell Forest Council. The south west part of Hanworth, roads Oakengates, Ollerton, Orion, Octavia, Qualitas and Quintilis, is called Roman Hill after nearby Caesar's Camp.
There are two schools in Hanworth, The Pines Primary  and St. Margaret Clitherow Primary (Catholic). The Pines site also houses Hanworth Community Centre and The Church @ The Pines, a Methodist/Church of England ecumenical church. Opposite the road is the Canny Man public house. Shops are in Birch Hill.Jennett's Park
Jennett's Park is a suburb of Bracknell in the English county of Berkshire. It is a recent development with the first residents moving there in 2007. It is in Great Hollands North ward of Bracknell Forest Council.The developmentlies approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km) south west of the town centre, to the south of the A329 road close to its junction with the A329(M) and near Great Hollands and Amen Corner. A new roundabout was built on the A329 for access.At the heart of the development, in Tawny Owl Square, is Jennett's Park Church of England Primary School as well as a Community Centre . Both were officially opened in October 2011. The Community Centre is owned by the local authority (Bracknell Forest) but is leased to and managed by Jennett's Park Community Association. The centre has one of the largest halls in the local area. The former Peacock Farm on Peacock Lane has been redeveloped into a public house and restaurant, The Peacock Farm. All the streets in the estate are named after birds to reflect this heritage.
In October 2014 local councillor Michael Gbadebo announced that contracts had been exchanged between Redrow Homes and BBS Kirkby for the retail unit at Jennett’s Park and, in time, they would have an agreement with Morrisons to operate the store once it had been built.
Building work on the retail unit started at the end of January 2016, after extended delays, with completion expected towards the end of 2016. Three units - of which two have merged into one - were built. One unit is anticipated to be occupied by an estate agency, although local residents have expressed concern about this. The other larger unit is operated by The Co-Operative.Jock's Copse
Jock's Copse is a local nature reserve in Priestwood, Berkshire, England. The nature reserve is owned and managed by Bracknell Forest Borough Council. Along with Temple Copse & Tinkers Copse it forms part of what is known locally as The Three Copses.Piggy Wood
Piggy Wood is a local nature reserve in Priestwood, Berkshire, England. The nature reserve is owned and managed by Bracknell Forest Borough Council.Popeswood
Popeswood is a village in Berkshire, England, near Bracknell. The village is within the civil parish of Binfield approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km) west of Bracknell. The main part of Popeswood lies north of the B3408 west of Temple Park and south of Binfield village, with a smaller section south of the B3408 between Amen Corner and Farley Wood.It is named after the poet Alexander Pope who lived in Popes Manor, then called Whitehill House, between 1700 and 1715. More information on Pope's time in the area can be found in the Binfield article. Nearby Pope's Meadow is a countryside park that offers recreational facilities with open grassland, ponds, copse and veteran oak trees.Newbold College, a Seventh-day Adventist college, is located within Popeswood. Nearby are St. Mark's Church and The Roebuck public house.
Along London Road, the B3408, there are a post office, a garage and a number of small businesses.Temple Copse
Temple Copse is a local nature reserve in Priestwood, Berkshire, England. The nature reserve is owned and managed by Bracknell Forest Borough Council. Along with Jock's Copse & Tinkers Copse it forms part of what is known locally as The Three Copses.Tinkers Copse
Tinkers Copse is a local nature reserve in Priestwood, Berkshire, England. The nature reserve is owned and managed by Bracknell Forest Borough Council. Along with Jock's Copse & Temple Copse it forms part of what is known locally as The Three Copses.Whitegrove Copse
Whitegrove Copse is a local nature reserve within Wick Hill. The nature reserve is owned and managed by Bracknell Forest Borough Council.