Greenham common: The COMMON
Greenham Common is now a nature reserve that everyone can enjoy…. but it hasn’t always looked like it does today. In 1941, Greenham Common was used as a military airbase. Huge runways crossed the area, and many buildings were built. It was an important airbase throughout World War II and during the Cold War.
These runways and buildings remained on the site until 1995, when the work began to restore the common back to heathland. It took nearly 5 years to remove all the concrete in the runways and to restore the common for everyone to enjoy.
Now the common is full of interesting plants, birds, insects and other animals. The common is called heathland which is very rare as much of the heathland that used to exist has disappeared. Cows and ponies graze on the common, this helps to stop trees and other plants that might grow and takeover the heathland.