Monday, 2 May 2022

The garden wakes up for 2022!

Thank you to everyone who came to the tidy-up on 1st May, the garden is looking beautiful and ready for all our members to enjoy for the year ahead!

Of course as we are now open fully, membership is due (£5 to sort code 08-92-99 account number 65114863 and please include your family name or address as a reference). Thank you again for your support.

Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Membership fee suspended for a year

In light of the garden needing to be closed for several months in 2020, the Committee has agreed that the annual membership fee (5£) for 2020-2021 will be extended to include 2021-2022 as well.

For those members who have already paid (thank you!), you will not be asked again until April 2022. 

For those who have not paid for this year, please do so if you can, or else we will remind you next year.

Our bank account details are: Sort Code 08-92-99 Account Number 65114863 and please include your family name or address as a reference.

Many thanks!

Saturday, 18 July 2020

We're open again!

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Thanks for your patience while the garden was closed; the committee is now pleased to re-open the garden from this Sunday 19th July in line with Reading Council opening parks and playgrounds. Remember that social distancing rules still apply! In particular, we advise that you:

- only socialise in a group of up to six people from up to two households;

- do not interact with anyone outside the group you are attending with, even if you see other people you know.

We are relying on you to act responsibly, for example please go home if you find the garden already has three groups on site.

- Wash your hands for 20 seconds before arriving at the garden and after getting home;

- Go to the toilet before leaving home (our toilet will remain closed);

- No large parties - keep to the government guidelines;

- Take all your rubbish home with you.

Please enjoy the garden, which is looking beautiful in the summer, and stay safe! 

Friday, 26 July 2019

Oxford Road Secret Garden BBQ this Saturday

Friends and family of local people and Key holders are welcome to come to our open annual BBQ in the Garden.

Come to the Garden at 12 o'clock for the Garden AGM and enjoy the afternoon party at the Garden BBQ. The cooking will start about 12.30pm, and there will be separate veggie and meat barbeques. 

The AGM should take no longer than 15 minutes but it would be great to see you at it. We are looking for a new committee member.

Unfortunately, there will be no toilet facility on the day (we suggest going to McDonalds or Lidl around the corner).

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Reading Town Meal 2019 – crowdfunding campaign

Reading Town Meal is a vibrant, community driven event that celebrates and promotes home-grown and healthy, sustainable local food and which has become an annual occasion at Forbury Gardens.

Hundreds of home growers and allotment holders from across the town donate their fresh produce, which is then turned into a delicious, healthy two course meal by Reading College catering students.

The meal (taking place on 23-Jul-2019) is served free to around 1,000 people, accompanied by practical workshops around sustainable, healthy food and lifestyles, community groups and local food producer stalls, music from upcoming local musicians and a variety of family fun activities. This is all made possible by dozens of dedicated volunteers that complete the day.

Even with the amazing volunteer input the Town Meal still costs around £5,000 to stage. This year some grant funding has been secured, but there is still £2,000 left to raise before the event.

So, a Crowdfunding appeal has been launched to put on Reading Town Meal 2019.  All donations big or small will help pay for the marquees, gas cookers, plates and cutlery, sound system – plus of course the rubbish bins and loos!

Tasty rewards are on offer as a thank you to everyone who backs the Reading Town Meal.