Local Environment

What we do

CADRA takes an interest in all open spaces and footpaths in Caversham and, from time to time, becomes involved in particular areas or schemes, e.g.
Caversham Court Gardens
King's Meadow Baths
Mapledurham Pavilion

Reading Borough Council

Reading Borough Council's Parks & Open SpacesExternal Link webpage provides information on all open spaces under their jurisdiction and any plans for change.

Air Quality Monitoring

The Council has 4 automatic monitoring stations which measure the levels of different pollutants, in real time, across the Borough; one is located by the roadside on Caversham Road.

They also operate a non-automatic network of passive diffusion tubes looking at nitrogen dioxide levels (NO2). There are a number in Caversham along: Church St, Church Rd, Prospect St and Gosbrook Rd. For more information visit: Air QualityExternal Link

Allotment Availability

Click on this linkExternal Link to find out about the availability of allotment sites & plots.

Flood Warning

Environment Agency

The Environment Agency deals with all aspects of flooding and building on flood plains. It also deals with the effect of major developments on the environment.

General enquiries: 08708 506 506. Monday-Friday, 8am to 6pm
Incident hotline: 0800 80 70 60 24 hours
Floodline: 0845 988 1188
Email: enquiries@environment-agency.gov.uk
Website: www.environment-agency.gov.ukThis is a link to an external website and will open in a new window

Flood warnings for River Thames at Mapledurham, Reading and Caversham: click hereThis is a link to an external website and will open in a new window

Environmental Visual Audit (EVA)

Details of the EVA dates are listed on the Safer Caversham page

Caversham Court Gardens

Caversham Court Gardens


In May 2006 the Heritage Lottery Fund approved funding to support the restoration of Caversham Court Gardens. Much of this funding was used to restore the 17th and 19th century features of the garden, including the gazebo and its causeway, the crinkle-crankle retaining wall, and the ancient yew family and hedge.

Some historic features that had been removed over the years have been replaced, like the ornamental Pugin-designed gateway. The planting has also been restored to recreate the intimacy of the private garden with its flower borders and riverside walk.

Archaeological excavations were carried out following the uncovering of remnants of the old glasshouse. The foundations of an earlier and later glasshouse have been discovered, together with what appears to be an ornamental pond, a water storage tank, old pipework, the flue of a boiler and internal paths.

Further information about the gardens can be found on the: Friends of CCGExternal Link website.

The Tea KioskExternal Link, situated in Caversham Court Gardens, is run by five local charities and is normally open from the 1st April to 31st October each year.

King's Meadow Baths

Update - Campaigners Step Down


The Campaign Team has now stepped down. RBC intends to retain the freehold interest in the Grade II listed property, which has been marketed as being available on a long (250 year) lease.

Update - Baths added to List of Assets of Community Value


The baths were added to RBC's: List of Assets of Community ValueExternal Link with an expiry date of 29th July 2013.

Update - Reading Borough Council to Re-market the Site


On the 5th November 2012 RBC’s cabinet decided to re-market the site in the hopes of attracting an organisation with the funds to redevelop the Grade II-listed King’s Meadow Baths.

King's Meadows Baths

The Background


Following the Grade II listing of the baths in 2004, the Council have been trying to find a viable future for the building. A set of planning principles for both the baths and the adjacent Lock Island was formally agreed in 2006 after a public consultation.  Click the link to view the PDF document adopted in March 2006: Caversham Lock Area Development Principles This file is in PDF format and will open in a new window

Working with the Environment Agency which owns the Lock Island, tenders were invited. Two proposals were considered. One was a commercial proposal for a hotel, cafes and offices and would have converted the baths into a hotel spa. A proposed bridge over the meadow to a car park caused widespread concern. The other was from the King's Meadow Campaign who had long been seeking to restore and re-open the baths.

An adjudication panel met to consider the tenders and CADRA was invited to be part of that panel. After the commercial tender withdrew the opportunity of public access to the baths, the Council gave the King's Meadow Campaign a limited period to raise funds. That period was extended in October 2011 and the Campaign was warmly encouraged to continue their work. The Environment Agency was expected to seek to develop the Lock Island to release capital funds. This is complicated with the restrictions imposed by the agreed Development Principles and the flood risk. Nothing more has been heard at this stage.

The Baths

The Women's Outdoor Swimming Pool was built in 1902. The ironwork was made by Allan & Kidgell at their Caversham Bridge Engineering Works.

The pleasure bathing pool was built to allow Edwardian women to bathe in privacy. It was originally fed from the Thames though it was converted to main supply in the 1950s. It is a rare and fine example of a complete Edwardian Lido.

The Campaign

The aim of the campaign is to restore the building so that the pool can again be used WITH NEW HEATING and to provide a rising or removable floor so that the building can also serve as an Arena, Exhibition Centre or Ice Rink. The adjacent pavilion would provide a café, function room and changing facilities for sports on Kings Meadow.

Mapledurham Pavilion

Update - Make Gift Aid Donations Online


If you'd like make a donation, or help to raise the remaining money for the renovation of the Mapledurham Pavilion, see the Virgin Moneygiving Mapledurham Recreation Ground CharityExternal Link Homepage.

Update - Planning Permission Granted


Reading Borough Council have granted planning permission for the Pavilion Refurbishment plans, details of which can be viewed on RBC's Online PlanningExternal Link website.

The estimated cost of the refurbishment is £275k for the shell (roof and external cladding) replacement and another £150k for the internal fit-out (demolishing of non-structural walls, installation of new stud walls, fixtures, fittings and finish).

The Fundraising Group are looking for ways to further reduce costs and any offers of assistance with the internal fit would be welcomed. Contact: info@wadra@org.uk

Mapledurham Pavilion


Plans for the refurbishment/rebuilding of the pavilion in three separate sections, including the hall, have been prepared and discussed with the various user groups and other interested parties.

The current estimate for building the changing facilities, kitchen and toilets is about £260k and it is hoped that this can be funded by £100k Section 106 monies, £50K from Festival Republic and the balance from a grant application to the Football Foundation.

The current estimate for refurbishing the tennis room, toilets and other accommodation is about £180k and it is hoped that a substantial part of this cost can be met from a grant application to the Inspired Communities programme.

Both of the above grant applications are currently being prepared by Officers from Reading Borough Council supported by the user groups, local Councillors and Management Committee.

The Fundraising Group continues to organise events and explore other ways to raise money for the refurbishment of the hall which is likely to cost in the region of £250k. Details of the forthcoming fund raising events can be found on our Events Page.

The idea to dispose of the water pumping station with some additional land for development has been opposed by a number of interested parties and is against the current declared policy of Reading Borough Council.


Bugs Bottom

Caversham GLOBEThis is a link to an external website and will open in a new window works to improve and protect green spaces for the benefit of wildlife and local residents.

GLOBE's monthly meetings take place on the fourth Tuesday of each month, at 7.15pm in Church House, Caversham. No formal membership or subscriptions required, just go along and you'll be made welcome.

Love Clean Reading Logo

Love Clean ReadingThis is a link to an external website and will open in a new window is a new way of reporting graffiti and rubbish on our streets directly to Reading Borough Council.

You can report problems via the website, or download an App if you have an IPhone, Android, Windows or Blackberry phone.

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