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The THAMES VALLEY is an informally-defined sub-region of South East England , centred on the River Thames
River Thames
west of London
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
Silicon Valley
due to the concentration of high-technology companies. The area east of Reading is defined by Natural England as the Thames Valley
Thames Valley
National Character Area , while Thames Valley Police cover the counties of Berkshire
Berkshire
, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire
Oxfordshire
.

CONTENTS

* 1 Geography * 2 Economy * 3 Tourism * 4 Policing * 5 References

GEOGRAPHY

As a National Character Area , the Thames Valley
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
Special
Scientific Interest and significant amounts of broadleaf forest , including Burnham Beeches , Windsor Great Park and Richmond Park .

ECONOMY

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

TOURISM

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

POLICING

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

REFERENCES

* ^ "NCA Profile:115 Thames Valley
Thames Valley
- NE379". _ Natural England - Access to Evidence_. Retrieved 2017-06-07. * ^ "Local Chambers Thames Valley
Thames Valley
Chamber of Commerce". _Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce_. Retrieved 2017-06-07. * ^ "IT recruitment: Why the M4 is the road to success". _The Independent_. 1998-06-02. Retrieved 2017-06-07. * ^ Ltd, Thames Valley
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