Pile of old logs hotel

Three bug hotels have recently been constructed around the town. Fortunately planning permission was not required!

One is at the planting by Wokingham Superbowl and two are at Latimer Road allotments.
These are for beneficial insects to move in to help protect and nurture the nearby flowers and vegetables.
Why not make one yourself?  There are loads of websites offering simple, straightforward advice.  Notices as above can be supplied, please email  amenities@wokingham-tc.gov.uk

Many thanks to Heartwood and Scottscape tree surgeons for the logs and to Barry Tattam for his labour.
1st Finchampstead Scouts and Gipsy Lane allotment tenants are arranging to construct a large bug hibernation tower at the allotment site in the near future.

An update about the work behind Country Cobblers will be posted very soon followed by our next newsletter.

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Big strides for Bloom

Great news from the footpath by Wokingham Superbowl.  The manure has been spread and on Wednesday 9th April a band of willing volunteers planted more trees, shrubs and ground cover plants – many of which have been provided by residents.
To complete this area an information board will be installed highlighting flowers and birds to look out for; the remaining section of the Big Apple mural will be covered over with green paint, for which many thanks to Superbowl for the paint and to Thames Valley Probation Service; homes for bees and other helpful insects will be placed on the wall; once the new plants become established a good layer of wood chip will be spread around them to aid moisture retention and to suppress weed growth.  Many thanks to Arborfield Tree Care, Scottscape and Heartwood for the oceans of wood chip.
A year ago this area was just scratched and scrub land.  Thanks to the efforts of Wokingham in Bloom it is a space we can all be proud of.  Many thanks to everyone who has been involved with the work.

The volunteers have been particularly grateful for the words of encouragement and thanks from passersby.

A second large-scale project for Bloom will begin to take shape tomorrow (Sat 12th).  The area of unused land behind Country Cobblers will be cleared prior to the spreading of new topsoil.

Wokingham Horticultural Association (WHA) are holding a Bring and Buy Plant Sale on Saturday, 10th May from 10.30am to 12 noon at the Ormonde Road allotments (opposite Wokingham Hospital, Barkham Road.  If you have any spare plants (bedding, vegetables, tomatoes, perennials, small shrubs) please bring them along.  This is a good opportunity to buy reasonably priced plants, and sometimes more unusual, seasonal plants – or to donate any produce surplus to your requirements. The money raised is usually used for the Trading Store’s maintenance.

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