The newest Garden Village nestled within the Berkshire countryside, Arborfield Green combines the best of town and country living all in one place. Offering a collection of contemporary apartments and houses, residents will be able to enjoy a mixture of country life set within a vibrant, healthy new community.
Arborfield Green offers the very best of country and town living. Balancing stunning countryside with convenient city connections, this exciting new Garden Village has been designed to suit a multitude of lifestyles.
A short journey from Arborfield Green lies the historic market town of Wokingham which presents an ideal selection of high street shops and supermarkets, as well as an array of delicious eateries. For residents seeking a more vibrant offer, the thriving town of Reading provides a superb choice of high street and designer stores and, with plenty of dining options and bars located along the river, Reading is a perfect place for socialising with friends.
For those with seeking active pursuits, California and Wellington Country Parks are both a short drive away while a little closer to home, the new garden village promises an abundance of new footpaths and cycle ways, as well as acres of green space to enjoy.
The Oracle Shopping Centre (Reading)
Marks & Spencer
The Bull Inn
The Queens Oak
The Tally Ho
Wellington Country Park
California Country Park
The Look Out Discovery Centre
Bearwood Lakes Golf Club
Loddon Valley Leisure Centre
Coombes C of E Primary School
The original Garden City concept was formed by Ebenezer Howard in 1898. He wanted to combine the best of town and country living by creating self-contained communities surrounded by green, open space. Early versions of this concept include Letchworth Garden City, Welwyn Garden City and Hampstead Garden Suburb - which are still desirable places to live today.
Crest Nicholson has taken inspiration from the Garden city movement by following a set of guiding principles of Character, Legacy and Lifestyle which focus on helping bring Arborfield Green to life.
Arborfield Green is steeped in military history, which still echoes throughout the site today from the original, refurbished buildings to the acres of ancient woodland.
Originally established in 1904 as a Remount Deport during World War One, it was mainly used as a Horse Infirmary, treating injured horses throughout the war. Thirty years later, Arborfield Green was transformed into the Army Technical School for boys and became known as Arborfield Garrison. The Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers (REME) also called Arborfield Green home until 2016.Today, the Garrison’s historic buildings are being regenerated to form part of this vibrant, new community. The Horse Infirmary Stables, a listed scheduled monument, will be at the heart of the community. It is being lovingly converted into a vibrant public place for residents, overlooking a new village green. The Moat House, once the Garrison HQ, will be transformed into new offices for the community and the medieval moat will also form a key part of the new landscape.
In building a community that will grow and develop over time, careful consideration has been put into ongoing management and long-term maintenance of Arborfield Green.
That is why Crest Nicholson has created the Community Interest Company (CIC), that is dedicated to managing the new community to see it grow and flourish. Run by professional representatives, the organisation will inform and empower residents about community news and projects, so eventually residents themselves can shape their way of life at Arborfield Green.
Being able to communicate with your neighbours, find out about community events and know what's going on around you will help to shape your everyday life here. That's why there will be a dedicated community website hosted online for you to use.
You can visit the site to discover all of the latest community news and information and you can follow social media links to keep up to date and join in with communal conversations.
Whether you want to save the date for the summer BBQ on the village green, or you want to chat to your neighbours about parent's evening at the local school, you can easily stay in touch with the community around you.
Travelling is made easy at Arborfield Green, with the M4 and A327 close by and Wokingham train station just a ten minute drive away.
You can venture into Wokingham town centre, which is less than four miles away and conveniently, the busy towns of Reading and Basingstoke are also nearby. For those looking to travel aborad, London Heathrow is only a short drive away.
Amy Goodman, a sculptor and portrait artist from Quarley, designed and created a set of three life sized horse statues which are due to be installed at Crest Nicholson’s Arborfield Green development in Wokingham early next year. Crest Nicholson commissioned the work in Autumn 2017, in tribute to the site’s history as the home of the Remount Depot and Horse Infirmary.
To mark Remembrance Day and honour Arborfield Green’s heritage as an army garrison, Crest Nicholson has donated £1,000 to the Arborfield Old Boys Association (AOBA). The 413-acre Arborfield Green development was once a Horse Remount depot and infirmary, as well as home to the Army Technical School, which housed and trained up to 1,000 apprentices at a time.