Stretching from within a mile of the runways at Heathrow Airport to the Wiltshire borders, Berkshire is a fascinating place to practise public health.
Berkshire includes areas of both deprivation and affluence. England's least deprived LSOA in Wokingham Borough contrasts with parts of Slough and Reading which have more in common with inner-city London. West Berkshire includes much of the North Wessex Downs, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with some small isolated villages and market towns. Bracknell Forest, originally a 1950’s garden community has undergone significant redevelopment and is home to Sandhurst Military Academy and Waitrose HQ. The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead includes leafy commuter belt communities as well as the major tourist destination of Windsor.
Major events of international importance such as the Henley Royal Regatta, Royal Ascot and the Reading Festival take place within our borders, along with vibrant community and volunteer led events and activities at a smaller scale.
The M4 runs the length of the county, which is the home of much of the UK's information industry, with the headquarters of Microsoft and Vodafone based here, well supported by the University of Reading. Slough Trading Estate, the fictional setting for the comedy "The Office," is home to a huge variety of manufacturing and service industries - both large and small. West Berkshire contains two major sites for the Atomic Weapons Establishment whilst agriculture, racing and market town economies characterise the large rural areas.
The development of the Elizabeth Line will strengthen transport links into London adding to the area’s existing road and rail links to the west country, south coast and midlands.
Berkshire includes areas of both deprivation and affluence. England's least deprived LSOA in Wokingham Borough contrasts with parts of Slough and Reading.