Thames Valley

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The area covered by Thames Valley Police

The Thames Valley is an informally-defined sub-region of South East England, centred on the River Thames west of London. Its boundaries vary with context. The area is a major tourist destination and economic hub, includes part of the M4 corridor, and is sometimes referred to as England's Silicon Valley due to the concentration of high-technology companies. The area east of Reading is defined by Natural England as the Thames Valley National Character Area, while Thames Valley Police cover the counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

Geography[edit]

As a National Character Area, the Thames Valley is bounded to the west by Reading, fanning out roughly in a wedge shape towards the fringes of London. It contains 38 Sites of Special Scientific Interest and significant amounts of broadleaf forest, including Burnham Beeches, Windsor Great Park and Richmond Park.[1]

Economy[edit]

The Thames Valley is a technology hub centred around Reading, considered to stretch as far out as Swindon, Oxford and Slough.[2] It is considered to be part of the M4 corridor.[3]

Tourism[edit]

As a tourist destination, the Thames Valley is considered to be the area close to the River Thames, running from the source to the M25 motorway.[4] It is a popular boating destination.

Policing[edit]

Thames Valley Police cover the counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. The force is governed by the Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NCA Profile:115 Thames Valley - NE379". Natural England - Access to Evidence. Retrieved 2017-06-07. 
  2. ^ "Local Chambers | Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce". Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 2017-06-07. 
  3. ^ "IT recruitment: Why the M4 is the road to success". The Independent. 1998-06-02. Retrieved 2017-06-07. 
  4. ^ Ltd, Thames Valley Guide. "Discover the Thames Valley region". www.thamesvalleyguide.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-06-07.