Our Area


We like to give something back to our local area, and the communities we work in.  We supported Lowde Fest 2018 in Hartley Wintney.  We support local football teams Fleet Town FC and Aldershot FC, and the Knaphill Athletic U17s in Woking.  There’s more about our community activities in our news.

Here’s a little bit of information about the various towns and villages in our area. 



Basingstoke is a large and growing town, with a population of over 113,000. It’s an hour’s travel from both London and the South Coast, and is close to the M3 at junctions 6 and 7.  Historically it was a traditional market town, but it grew rapidly from the 1960s onward as part of a plan to house London's overspill.  Another effect of it's closeness to London is that it is now home to the headquarters of some major companies, including the Automobile Association, and Motorola. It is proud of its links with Jane Austen, who lived in the area.


Reading is home to Reading FC ( ‘The Royals’ ), Reading University, which claims a world-class reputation for teach and research, the number one UK music festival, every August Bank Holiday weekend.  It’s on the main M4 motorway and just 37 miles from London.  It is the county town of Berkshire.  The town and it's suburbs have a population of over 300,000, making it one of the largest towns in England not to have achieved city status.


Aldershot is best known as the home of the British Army, due to the nearby army base.  It’s also home to Aldershot FC, and R Collard are proud to sponsor them.  The North Stand at the stadium is named the R Collard stand for the 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons.  When this was announced the club's Commercial Manager Mark Butler said: “R. Collard is a very successful local business. To have the Collard brand extend their partnership with us for the next two years is fantastic!".


Bracknell is 11 miles east of Reading.  It is a commercial centre and has the UK headquarters for major multi-national technology companies including 3M, Hewlett-Packard and Fujitsu. It is also the home of the head office, and central distribution centre, of Waitrose.

Bracknell's history goes back to prehistoric times, but much of modern Bracknell was built as a “New Town” in the post-war years. It expanded to absorb nearby villages and hamlets.  Like other New Towns, it is in need of modernisation.  The town centre is undergoing a major rejuvenation through the Bracknell Regeneration Partnership, including the new Lexicon shopping destination.  The Lexicon is a shopping and leisure destination which provides 580000 square feet of shopping, dining and leisure facilities.

Bracknell Station is on the Waterloo to Reading railway line.  This has lead to it becoming a commuter town, with residents commuting both east to London and west to Reading.


The Royal Military College at Sandhurst, the main officer training centre of the British Army, is based in Camberley and provided the drive for the growth of the town.  Originally called Cambridge Town, after the Cambridge Arms hotel, it was renamed in 1877. The modern town has a shopping centre called The Mall, and a lively High Street with a mix of shops, restaurants and bars.  It has a population of 38,000 and is in Surrey, close to it's western border with Hampshire and Berkshire.


Just 4 miles from Camberley by road, Farnborough is known for its links to the Air Force rather than the Army.  The Royal Aircraft Establishment was established at Farnborough Airfield and had long history of leading the UK’s advances in aircraft technology. The Farnborough International Air Show, based at the same site, continues the tradition and is a major international showcase for military and civilian aircraft.  Farnborough was founded in Saxon times and is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086.


Farnham lies 34 miles southwest of London, and just 4 miles from Aldershot.  It is by-passed by the main A31 road.  It’s tradition as a market town continues in the high number of independent businesses in the town centre, and a growing number of tourists visit to enjoy the large numbers of historic buildings.  The locals are proud of the way it has kept it's character, without the sprawling suburbs of many other Surrey towns. 

The Maltings  arts centre supports an active cultural life, with film, music, dance and theatre.  Farnham Castle is set in garderns overlooking the town.  It was originally built in 1138, and has used and lived in continually since then.  It has been extensively enlarged and updated over the years.


Fleet, 6 miles north of Farnham, is one of the wealthiest towns in England, and has also been named as one of the happiest and healthiest towns.  Its inhabitants value the quaint and unspoilt high street and market.  Many locals commute each day to London using the rail links to Waterloo, and the town has several new business parks providing more local employment.  R Collard sponsor Fleet Town FC, and you can see our advertising boards at their ground. The club, currently playing in the Evo-Stik League Southern Division South, celebrated their 125th anniversary in 2015.


Tilehurst has a long history as an independent small town, which at one point grew prosperous from clay pits and the manufacture of tiles.  By the start of the twentieth century it was absorbed by its large neighbour Reading, and is now a suburb of that town.  The railway arrived in 1882 and provides links to Reading and London.


Woodley, like Tilehurst is a historic village which has become absorbed by the growth of Reading and is now the largest suburb of Reading.  The Woodley aerodrome brought both fame and economic growth to the town in the 1930s.  World War 2 flying ace Douglas Bader lost both legs in a flying accident there in 1931.  The airfield was closed, then sold for housing development in the 1980s, which lead to Woodley’s absorption into Reading.


Twyford is on the opposite side of Reading to Tilehurst, and so close to Woodley: just 4 miles away.  In the past its position on the coach road from London to Bath brought business to the town’s inns.  Now it is largely a dormitory town for people who work on Reading or London.  This means it is an affluent area, with high property prices.


The village of Windlesham lies in picturesque rolling and wooded countryside, and its roads are winding country lanes.    It was once notorious for providing a base for highway men who would rob coaches crossing the nearby Bagshot Heath but is now largely a commuter village.


Wokingham is 8 miles south-east of Reading, and separated from it by the M4 motorway.  It is an ancient borough, dating back to at least 1146.  Once the town was famous for the annual bull-baiting on 21 December.  Now it is home to software development and service industries, as well as providing a home for London commuters.  R Collard have a scrapyard in Wokingham that provides metal recycling and process scrap cars.

Skip Hire

R Collard provide skip hire in all these towns and more, and the surrounding areas.  Our clients choose us for our competitive pricing and excellent customer service.  Many of them use this site to choose their skip size and book their skip hire online. 

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