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The Wokingham Word

There is an excellent article in the March edition of the Word about Wokingham in Bloom.  Many thanks to Carolyn for this.  Check out the Community News on page 7.
There will be further articles in subsequent editions as we keep publicizing Bloom.



A press release is being prepared for local media for next week’s papers.   Householders all across the town are being encouraged to provide simple homes in their gardens for birds, bats, beetles, bees and hedgehogs. Mention will be made of websites with easy to follow instructions on how to construct a bee hotel, for example.
We hope to hear from anyone who takes up the challenge – what they plan to do, have done and importantly who has moved in!
Is a webcam and link too ambitious?


Gipsy Lane Community Orchard

A group of Gipsy Lane allotment tenants Lisa and John, Julie and Steve, Roger, Nicola and Rob met at the allotments on Saturday 1st February to plan the extension of the community orchard on an adjacent space by the seven trees planted last year.  It was decided to plant another seven young trees and to include some plum and pear varieties.  Like last year expert advice will be sought from Mary of Transition Wokingham. The target date for planting is Saturday 1st March.
If all goes to plan the orchard will comprise 14 trees.  The seven from 2013 (6 apple and one plum, all local heritage varieties) are doing well with the exception of one apple which has some damage to its bark near the ground.

Photo shows a flavour of last year’s hard work!


New community garden and orchard

Some really positive news.  Linda and Alan Newport who run a garden share scheme in the Norreys area and Mary Paul from Transition Wokingham are working with Wokingham in Bloom to plan and create a community garden and orchard on unused land opposite the top of Howard Road and the entrance to Sale Garden Cottages.

We are actively seeking sponsorship to help pay for the clearance of the site and some or all of the plants.
Linda, Alan and Mary have produced a leaflet which will shortly be dropped in letter boxes in the nearby area encouraging residents to join the volunteers who will transform this unloved space into one we can all be proud of.
Much more information will follow as the project gathers pace.

Crocuses to burst into Bloom


Just before Christmas thousands of mixed-coloured crocus bulbs were planted on the five main banks below The Terrace at Shute End.  When they bloom in early spring they will provide a lovely entrance into the town from Reading Road.
This planting wouldn’t have happened but for the generous support of The Wokingham Society and Wokingham Borough Council.
WBC’s contractor Quadron is preparing a small commemorative sign at it’s own expense for the planted area.
The town’s 2014 Bloom campaign is up and running!
Photographs of the crocuses in all their glory will be taken and shown to the Bloom judges in July.