The council could be set to lose almost £50,000 a year in grants from the European Union after Brexit.

An investigation by the News found that the council currently receives funds from the EU for two schemes.

Councillor Norman Jorgensen, executive member for environment, sports, environmental health, leisure and libraries, said: “Like most organisations, while exit negotiations are ongoing with the European Union, we don’t know whether funding will continue, or whether an alternative will be found by the UK government.

“Generally speaking when grant funding is withdrawn, services are able to bid for further Council funding, which will be considered against other competing priorities.”

The EU contributes towards Wokingham Borough Council’s Environmental Stewardship Scheme, which supports the council’s biodiversity initiatives on its nature reserves and country parks.

Last year WBC received nearly £12,000 from the EU for this scheme and the year before that obtained £9,900.

The council is also part of the Elevate Berkshire programme, which helps to deliver skills to the county’s unemployed young adults and currently benefits from EU funding as well.

In each of the previous two years the council saw up to £39,000 come its way to help support unemployed adults as part of the Elevate work.

Neighbouring authority Bracknell Forest Council also collects EU grants for being part of the Elevate scheme but last year received £150,000 more than Wokingham Borough Council for the programme.