The Birches offers 30 spacious, high quality apartments for shared ownership and a carefully designed range of communal facilities for your retirement interests and hobbies. Each apartment is self contained with its own front door. Within the apartments there is a spacious hall, living room, kitchen, bathroom, storage and either one or two bedrooms. Ground floor apartments have a patio and properties on the upper floors have an attractive balcony.

The communal facilities, for use by all residents include:

• Café
• Lounge
• Buggy Store
• Activity Rooms
• Hair Salon
• Assisted Spa Bathroom
• Visitor Suite (available for visitors at a reasonable charge)
• Landscaped Gardens

What is Extra Care?

Extra Care Housing enables people to live independently, whilst having the benefit of care and support available on site if needed. The Birches help occupants to exercise choice and control in their lives, in such a way as to optimise quality of life and to live independently in their home. Central to this is the provision of care and support provided to those who need it on the basis of assessed need.

Life The Birches

Your life at The Birches can be as social or as tranquil as you’d want it to be, from one week to the next. With a wide range of activities and social events on offer to all of the residents, we’re sure you’ll find something you enjoy. Catch up with friends over coffee in our inviting café - The Landing Spot.  |Enjoy a spot of gardening in the stunning landscaped gardens, or simply read a book in the comfortable community lounge. The Hobby Rooms are where most of the activities take place, from art and craft sessions to reading clubs.

You can help shape the programme of community events, trips and activities with our Scheme Manager before moving in by joining our priority mailing list. You can join this by calling 01628 543181 or emailing

The Royal County Of Berkshire 

The Birches is situated less than a mile from the thriving town of Woodley, in the borough of Wokingham. Woodley is home to a range of independent shops and supermarkets, including Waitrose and Marks & Spencer. There is a market every Saturday and a monthly Farmers Market every 3rd Wednesday as well as many other events taking place throughout the year. There are several GP surgeries, dentists and a leisure centre near by. The bustling town of Reading is just two miles away, where The Oracle provides an amazing range of shops and restaurants. The historic market town of Wokingham is five miles away. From Woodley there are excellent rail and road links to London and Heathrow. For those of you that enjoy the great outdoors there are plenty of beautiful country parks and walks in Berkshire including, Dinton Pastures, Virginia Waters, Sonning Lock and Windsor Great Park.

Eating at The Birches

Our stylish café The Landing Spot, is a great place to socialise with family and neighbours, or even to entertain guests. The modern café is open seven days a week and offers breakfast, lunch, coffee, homemade cakes and snacks throughout the day. Using fresh local ingredients, dining at The Landing Spot Café is sure to become one of your favourite activities.

Care and Support

Optalis Care provide peace of mind to anyone wanting the reassurance that there is always someone to provide care and support if needed. They are available as background support 24 hours a day, seven days a week and their on-site presence means they are available at the press of a button in an emergency.

If you require individual care Optalis' skilled and competent care staff team is onsite from 7am-10pm. Some of the services they offer includes personal care which might include washing and dressing or domestic support such as laundry and household duties.

We want to help you be as independent as possible and you can choose how much assistance you need. If you need regular help, or if you tend to have good days and bad days, or if you need more care as time goes by; we tailor care packages to suit you (charges apply).

Everyone who works at Optalis lives and breathes the corporate values which are: customer service, respect, transparency and integrity, continuous development, communication. Here is a selection of compliments from their customers.

"I am very pleased with the kindness and sincerity, not to mention the dedication and integrity of the care given to my mum. Much appreciated. Thank you."

"I had my flat cleaned yesterday, usual excellent result, and my laundry was taken away (usual sheets etc., plus shirts to be washed and ironed). The items were outside by door this morning, all done beautifully."