Wednesday, 15 March 2017

ORCG Update March 2017

A quick update on the progress made so far in securing the garden.

Firstly, a big thank you to the many hands that attended the work party on Saturday, it was good to see so many turn out to help, the next work party will be Saturday 1st April.

Secondly, it was agreed at the Future of the Garden meeting we would approach all key holders and ask for a £5 contribution towards the running of the garden, to this end Norman Pitcher from the ORCG committee will be contacting all members to ask for these funds. We hope, if you can afford to, you feel the garden is worth this small investment, but if you cannot afford the investment please tell us and please stay with the garden. As part of this request for funds if you want to make the contribution via online banking the garden bank details are available via email, please put your surname in the reference space so we can take you off the contact list.

Next steps for the committee is approaching each of the schools, nurseries and pre-school groups that use the garden for a contribution, plus, the committee will be approaching local companies for support/funding/sponsorship, if you or your company can help please let us know.

Finally, we have had a few offers of support for committee roles, the website and fundraising, if you would like to find out how you can help with please contact us.

As ever, any queries please email us.

Ricky Josey
Chair ORCG

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Summer: ORCG work party Sat 4th June 10am to noon

Reminder: June work party this Saturday - all welcome! 10am until 12 noon. I will be leading this work party. We will be building up the burn pile, removing brambles and bindweed and giving the compost heaps a turning.

If you have trees or plants you would like to donate to the Reading Tree Wardens to sell on their stall at Waterfest on the 11th June then please bring them to the garden for collection 10am this Saturday (4th). Please let me know in advance so I can coordinate the collection, especially if you have large items!

If anyone has a pond net we could use Saturday please bring it along as we have a lot of duck weed to remove.

As the garden gets busy in the summer please put any events into the diary and check not just the day page but also inside the front cover as some events have been added here.

I am chasing the council re the rear fence and to investigate the oak tree for fungal attack, I will update you as I get more information.

Finally, as the garden gets busy can I remind you all of a couple of basic garden rules, there is no rubbish collection so please take your rubbish with you (there is a litter bin on Western Elms Ave at the end of the access lane) and please do not bring glass into the garden - we have a lot of young children using the garden - lets keep everyone safe.

Any queries please contact me.

Ricky Josey

Friday, 2 October 2015

October Newsletter

Two very important reminders to all garden members:

1) The 2015 Town Meal takes place Sat 3rd October 12noon until 4pm in Forbury Gardens, the event is themed around local food and communities, its free to attend!

2) The ORCG monthly work party for October has been moved to SAT 10th October 10am until noon. Please come and help. This change is to a) avoid the event above and b) to enable ORCG to join in with the Reading Rescue event 8-10th October, sponsored by Thames Water, Supported by Connect Reading and Reading Borough Council and led by community groups across Reading in their local areas. If you want to help to make Reading a greener place to live come along and join in.

Ricky Josey
Chair ORCG

Friday, 27 March 2015

Easter work parties

Evening everyone, a couple of quick reminders:

This Sat (28th) we will be clearing up the access lane/path to the garden as part of the Reading Rescue 2015 events (Info on other Rescue events can be found on the website reading rescue ), I will be at the entrance gate for 3pm, this shouldn't take too long as the monthly work party already includes an element of clearing up.

The next monthly work party is Easter Sat, I will be at the gate from 10am.


Ricky Josey (Chair ORCG)

Friday, 6 March 2015

It's Spring again!

A big hello to all the community garden members!

Crocuses 2015

We have been quiet through the winter but not inactive, we've had CROW from Econet come in and do some clearance work around the pond and some tree work in the garden. We are in advanced stages of obtaining funding for two new benches to replace the last wooden ones, these will be similar to the new ones obtained last year. We have been chasing up veg plot holders to ensure full usage and we have some new fruit trees coming from the Reading Food Growing Network RFGN, these will be in the garden shortly. One school has already used the garden for their RSPB Big Garden bird watch event and we have some bookings in the diary for future visits.

To get 2015 off to a good start we have the following events:

Sat 7th March 10am-Noon - Garden re-opens and we'll be giving the garden a freshen up - please come along and lend a hand with some light gardening.
Chris will be leading this event.

Sat 28th March 3-5pm - Reading Rescue event at the garden - we will be tidying up the garden access pathway, the access lane and parking area.
Ricky will be leading this event.

Work parties will be the FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH March to October 10am-12noon, if you would like to help outside of these days/hours please let us know.

The pond, newly cleared

The 2015 diary is on the front of the cabin, please put any events in here to avoid clashes of events and disappointment and check out planned events.

The new playcabin
If there is anything you would like to see happen in the garden please catch up with a committee member at a work party or email one of us.

2015 is up and running in the garden :-)

Ricky Josey
Chair ORCG