Trip Advisor awards five stars to new hotel in central Wokingham

A brand new five star bug hotel/ hibernation tower opened at Gipsy Lane allotments orchard on Saturday 14th June.

Once permission was received from the planning authorities a great deal of reclaimed building material was assembled over the last few days and construction started promptly at 9am.  By mid-morning the hotel was open for business and awaiting its first guests.

Many thanks to Nicola from the Gipsy Lane orchard group for her concept and her energy in making it happen.  Many thanks as well to the construction crew from 1st Finchampstead Scouts.  James was the hands-on foreman, ably assisted by master craftsmen Alex, Joshua and Matthew.

Great job everyone!

The hotel is for solitary bees, butterflies, centipedes, frogs and all of their chums.  This will help with pollination on the orchard and allotments and to keep other pests and diseases in check.


Community garden and orchard

Many thanks to Linda, Alan and Mary and all of their volunteers for their hard work and commitment in transforming an area of barren land into a community garden and orchard.  The 200 square metres or so is owned by Wokingham Borough Council and can be found by Cockpit Path where it crosses the top of Howard Road.
Many thanks to Keith from Sale Garden Cottages who has undertaken  to water the plants.  It is hoped that the planting will be finished by the end of this week and that the flagstones donated by Balfour Beatty will all be laid.
A group of Woodcraft Folk will manage one section of the garden as will young uns from Sunbeam Play Group.  The raised beds will be looked after by some residents from Sale Garden Cottages.
The five apple trees for the orchard have arrived and will be planted very soon.  They are all heritage varieties with a long history of cultivation in southern England.
The garden and orchard is on the judging route for Bloom on 23rd July.  It has also been entered in Bloom’s ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ section as well.  This is not a competition but rather an ongoing assessment of community based projects.  Fingers crossed for everyone involved when the assessors visit in early July.
Whatever happens the group can be very proud of their efforts!

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Gipsy Lane allotments is bugging out!

This coming Saturday (14th) Nicola from Gipsy Lane allotments and a group of Scouts from 1st Finchampstead led by James Dunn, are constructing a large bug hibernation tower in the community orchard at Gipsy Lane.  The materials have all been donated and/or gathered locally.  The intention is to provide excellent quarters for all types of bees and other beneficial insects.  This very much supports the 2014 Bloom theme of wildlife and conservation.
Many thanks to all involved. Please look out for the articles about this in the local press next week.


Wood chip spreading at Wokingham Superbowl

Many, many thanks to James Dunn, Scout leader, 1st Woosehill Scouts and eight members of his troop for the sterling work they did in spreading well over 50 wheelbarrow loads of woodchip among the plants by Superbowl.
They were guided, and ably assisted, by Ann Crail from Rose Street Gardeners, Wokingham Methodist Church and Jenny Gilbert from Wokingham Horticultural Association.
There were a few blisters at the end of the operation but a great deal was accomplished. on Saturday 31st May.

The wood chip has been donated by Arborfield Tree Care, Gardeneer, Gristman Tree Surgeons and Scottscape.  Many thanks to all of them for their time and trouble.

If you find yourself nearby do look out for the bee boxes Gerry Higson has put on the wall.  The recently installed information board highlights the wildlife we hope to attract.

The Scouts are turning their attention to constructing a bug hibernation tower at Gipsy Lane community orchard in the near future, in conjunction with members of the orchard group.

Many thanks to everyone involved with both projects from the Wokingham in Bloom steering group.