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Status: Unitary, Borough
Region: South East England
Ceremonial County: Berkshire
- Total
109.38 km²
Admin. HQ: Bracknellmarker
ONS code: 00MA
- Total ( )
- Density


/ km²

Ethnicity: 92.4% White
3.6% S.Asian
1.4% Black
1.5% Mixed
1.1% Chinese or Other

Bracknell Forest Council
Leadership: Leader & Cabinet
MPs: Adam Afriyie, Andrew Mackay

Bracknell Forest is a unitary authority and borough in Berkshire in southern Englandmarker. It covers the towns of Bracknellmarker, North Ascotmarker, Sandhurstmarker, Crowthornemarker 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 Districtmarker (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. From 2008, references to 'borough' were phased out in favour of simply Bracknell Forest Council.

Since 1973, Bracknell Forest has been twinned with Opladenmarker in Germanymarker, continued by Leverkusenmarker after Opladen's incorporation in 1975.

The Forest

There is no forest called 'Bracknell Forest'. This name is often confused with Swinleymarker Forest (or Woods), which is an area of the Windsor Estate between Bracknell and Bagshotmarker. 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)

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