Derelict land behind Country Cobblers, Denmark Street

Walk along the footpath from Cockpit Path car park to Langborough Road and you will pass an area of unloved ground opposite the entrance to Sale Garden Cottages.  The Town Council has leased around 135 square metres from WBC. A group of volunteers led by Linda and Alan Newport and Mary Paul from Transition Wokingham will lay out a community garden and orchard.  This will include an area for people with disabilities.  A flyer calling for more volunteers was hand-delivered to Howard Road and Sale Garden Cottages this morning.

This is one of Wokingham in Bloom’s major projects…..an area for people to sit and relax in.

Photos and schematic on next post.

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The Wall by Wokingham Superbowl

The wall by Wokingham Superbowl which forms the backdrop to the planting on the footpath leading from Wellington Road to the railway line crossing has had a makeover! The street art mural which has been in place for many years was cracked and flaking and clearly past its sell by date.  Eight offenders serving community payback orders took off the loose paint with scrapers and wire brushes and painted over the mural with a deep green Dulux Stormshield paint on Friday 14th March.
This was a combined effort with Thames Valley Probation Service’s Reading office.  Many thanks to placement officer Ben and on-site supervisor Annabelle.
Many thanks are also due to Jules, from Wokingham Superbowl for providing the paint and facilities for the offenders.
Many thanks to Ann Crail from the Bloom steering group for taking the photographs.
Many thanks to Gardeneer for undertaking the clearance of the ground as its contribution to the Bloom effort.
It is anticipated that some of the cleared ground will be planted over the coming weeks.  The newly painted wall will provide a much better background to the shrubs and flowers.

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More fruit trees planted at Gipsy Lane community orchard

On Saturday 1st March 2014, a crisp and sunny morning, some Gipsy Laneallotment tenants planted seven fruit trees at the site.  Five apples and two pears, all heritage varieties local to Berkshire and neighbouring counties were planted.

The apple trees are:

John Standish, maiden, Berks (m106)
Lane’s Prince Albert, bush, Bucks) m106)
Cox’s Orange Pippin, bush, Berks & Bucks (m106)
Irish Peach, bush, regional (m106)
Queen Cox, bush, Berks (m106)

The pear trees are:

Conference, bush, regional (Quince A)
Beurre Hardy, bush, regional (Quince A)

The planting site near the entrance is too wet to use as allotment plots and to give the trees a good start earth mounds were built up to plant the trees in.  Nicola, Julie, Rob, Roger, John and Steve got stuck in building the mounds up and re-excavating a drainage channel.  These new trees join the seven planted last year which are all growing strongly. 

In the near future there will be apples for the table and the press!  As part of the town’s entry into Thames and Chilterns in Bloom an uncultivated piece of ground has now been used productively.
Nicola, and Mary from Transition Wokingham, have recently pruned last year’s trees and administered some tender loving care to them.
Previously some very effective drainage work was carried out by offenders serving community payback orders.

A great joint effort by everyone involved.  Many, many thanks to all.

Steve, a local press photographer, recorded the event.    Photos courtesy of Nicola.

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