Planters and wall troughs now bedecked with flowers

Rose Street wall

Rose Street wall

Early this morning Windowflowers placed six troughs atop the Rose Street wall running from the jewellers to the rose bed.  These have been planted with red, white and blue flowers.  The four planters on Broad Street and the triple planter by the library have also been planted.

Trough on Broad Street traffic island

Trough on Broad Street traffic island

The same plants are filling the 130 hanging flower baskets around the town centre.  Many thanks to the Wokingham in Bloom volunteer who constructed the planter and the very kind sponsorship of Mr & Mrs Bowyer. A few rays of sun will see them at their blooming best!

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125 hanging flower baskets with summer planting

Starting at 4am this morning Windowflowers replaced the winter baskets with summer planted ones.  These will soon be heavy with red, white and blue flowers to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday.  The intrepid basket installers completed the task in two and a half hours.  Then away for a well-earned bacon roll.

The six planters on Broad Street and the triple planter by the library will be decked out later in the week.  Many thanks to Ann for her very early start to take the photo!

Rose Street started at 4am

 

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Wokingham library planting

Despite the rain intrepid volunteers have been planting around the library entrance on 10th and 11th May.  Previously Wokingham Borough Council and community payback offenders removed many large overgrown shrubs from the beds by the Denmark Street entrance.  The volunteers are creating a ‘river of knowledge’.  This, together with the painted railings and Stan’s soon to be filled planters will brighten up the corner with Langborough Road.

Before removal

Before removal

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Wokingham library on Denmark Street

On Wednesday and Thursday 4th and 5th May offenders serving community payback orders primed and painted the railings on the corner of Denmark Street and Langborough Road.  With the gleam of fresh paint they look more than sprightly.  Stan Hetherington, Wokingham in Bloom steering group member, has constructed and installed a trio of wooden planters by the railings.  Within two weeks these

The painted railings and Stan's planter

The painted railings and Stan’s planter

will be filled with compost and red, white and blue bedding plants.  This combined with the new planting in the library beds will make a real difference to this gateway into the town centre.

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New Information Board in Joel Park

The Holt Copse Conservation Volunteers have just installed a new information board adjacent to the playground in Joel Park. This board will be used to display colourful and educational wildlife posters which will be updated with content relevant to the season. Currently displaying woodland wild flowers and mini-beast identification.

Information Board

The new information board installed in Joel Park by HCCV

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Wokingham Litter Heroes and Pavilions Border

On Sunday 17th April Wokingham Litter Heroes filled 5 large plastic sacks with discarded rubbish from the Pavilions Border footpath by Wokingham Superbowl.  They also ventured into Superbowl’s car park.  The Litter Heroes were joined on Sunday by 5 local children who see the importance of improving our environment.  A brilliant effort by Litter Heroes and their young helpers. You have made a real difference.

On a related matter most of  the green painted fence by Superbowl will shortly be removed – it is listing to starboard in several places. There is a pyracantha hedge behind the fence which should be an effective barrier.

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‘Greenfingers’ gardening competition for all Wokingham town residents

Despite a possible temporary setback this weekend spring has sprung.  So calling all gardeners….the Town Council’s long established gardening competitions are launched for 2016.  There are campaigns for schools, town centre businesses and allotment plot holders as well as the ‘greenfingers’ campaign for all amateur gardeners within the boundary of the town. Greenfingers has five categories: front gardens, back gardens, window boxes and containers, window boxes and containers for residents with physical and sensory impairments, and residential care homes. Judging takes place in early July under the auspices of Wokingham Horticultural Association.

The gardening campaigns are an important part of the town’s entry into Thames and Chilterns in Bloom.  For 2016 the Bloom theme is ‘greening grey Britain for health and happiness’.

You may also like to incorporate red, white and blue plants to commemorate Her Majesty’s the Queen’s 90th birthday.

Don’t think that Alan Titchmarsh’s standards are required. If you enjoy gardening and are pleased with what you achieve please 20160415114946_0000120160415115004_00001do enter.   Do call 0118 974 0886 if you have questions.

 

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Hanging flower baskets in Wokingham Town centre

Surely spring is just around the corner?  Plans are in place for the 85 hanging flower baskets and planters around the town centre provided by the town council.  For 2016 the colour scheme will be red, white and blue – a big nod to Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday.  Our contractor has been asked to fill the baskets and troughs with sky blue, blue vein and deep red surfinias; dragon wing red and illusion white begonias; Cambridge blue lobelia; white bacopa and silver helichrysum.

Wokingham in Bloom has invited all town centre businesses to take their own baskets from our contractor from May to September.  It would be splendid if Wokingham residents could plant their own baskets and gardens with a red, white and blue theme using some of the varieties of bedding plants mentioned.

Wokingham awash with red, white and blue  -there’s a thought.

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The Big Tidy Up Saturday 19th March 2016

A great Big Tidy Up happened around the town centre last Saturday.  Around 20 intrepid volunteers including town councillors Mark Ashwell, Martin Bishop, Peter Lucey, Gwynneth Hewetson, Tony Lack, Imogen Shepherd-DuBey and borough councillor Dianne King collected 32 large bags of recyclables and rubbish.  Among the items removed from the public space were a skateboard, a computer keyboard, an estate agent’s board, a bread board, a 70s CD with Chairmen of the Board on, a cheese board, a small blackboard, a child’s dartboard, a clipboard and lots of cardboard.  No one was bored!

Many, many thanks to everyone who took part.  You really made a difference. The group

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The Big Tidy Up

Don’t forget…….Wokingham Borough Council is coordinating The Big Tidy Up across the borough.  Much litter will be removed.  The town centre tidy up is being led by Cllr Mark Ashwell.  On Saturday 19 March 2016 please come to the Town Hall opposite Carphone Warehouse for a 10am start.  The tidy up will last for two hours.  Please wear gloves and stout footwear.  Refreshments, high viz vests and litter pickers will be provided. For more details call Wokingham Town Council on 0118 974 0886 or Cllr A20160301142855_00001shwell on 07976 641687.

The more the merrier!  The Big Tidy Up will make the town a more pleasant place to live, work in  and visit.  It will also help the town’ s entry into Thames and Chilterns in Bloom this year.

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Sue Ryder Hospice at Wokingham Hospital

Centre bed tended by a Sue Ryder volunteer

Centre bed tended by a Sue Ryder volunteer

 

Jenny and Ann from the Wokingham in Bloom steering group recently met with some of the dedicated staff at the Hospice.  Work will shortly start to help with their gardening efforts.  It is hoped to make the pretty enclosed garden.

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Working on the Raglan and library beds

Dollshouse Boutique in springTending the wildflower bedJ G wateringMany thanks to Jenny and Ann for their work yesterday on the areas around the Raglan and Wokingham library.  If you are near the car parks off Denmark Street do check out their sterling efforts.

We plan to extend the Raglan planter in the near future.  Planting in front of Dollshouse Boutique on Rose Street is in full bloom.

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Cross Street by Rose Street

ClearedBefore the second clearance Feb 2016Residents in Rose and Cross Streets are keen to improve the look of a scrubby, overgrown part area of Cross Street. Thanks to the managing agent for clearing the old shrubs to ground level.  Thanks also to offenders serving community payback orders (via Thames Valley Probation Service) for removing some of the roots.  It is hoped that another TVPS work party will continue with this next week.  The plan is then for local residents, with the support of Rose Street Gardeners from Wokingham methodist Church to plant more colourful shrubs, annuals and perennials.  ‘Greening grey Britain for health and happiness’.

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Wokingham Library entrance

Cleared ground March 2016  2 Wokingham’s Garden Share Group have been busy drawing up plans to brighten up the Denmark Street entrance to the library. There plans include a ‘river of knowledge’ planting scheme and some more colourful climbing plants.  Led by Alan Jeffries and Morag Malvern they recently supervised offenders serving community payback orders as old woody shrubs were removed.  Many thanks to Wokingham Borough Council which had previously cut back the overgrown buddleias and then arranged for the excavated shrubs to be taken away.

The circular tiled area in front of the doors has been cleared of weeds and the thistle growing in the guttering has been removed. Over the next several weeks new planting will be introduced.  We are hopeful of installing a free-standing planter for bedding plants by the entrance.  Please watch this space.  If you are interested in becoming more involved with Wokingham in Bloom please call the Town Hall on 0118 974 0886.

 

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Spring just around the corner

Trough March 2016Many thanks to Ann Crail for the photos. A bunch of daffodils on Wellington Road, snowdrops in the rose bed on Rose Street and the horse trough by the Town Hall, planted and tended by Mrs Ann Davis.   The Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom theme brought to vibrant life….’greening grey Britain for health and happiness’.

Snowdrops March 2016Daffodils by street art

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The Big Tidy Up of Wokingham town centre

Please don’t forget…….Wokingham Borough Council is coordinating The Big Tidy Up across the borough.  Much litter will be removed.  The town centre tidy up is being led by Cllr Mark Ashwell.  On Saturday 19 March 2016 please come to the Town Hall opposite Carphone Warehouse for a 10am start.  The tidy up will last for two hours.  Please wear gloves and stout footwear.  Refreshments, high viz vests and litter pickers will be provided. For more details call Wokingham Town Council on 0118 974 0886 or Cllr A20160301142855_00001shwell on 07976 641687.

The more the merrier!  The Big Tidy Up will make the town a more pleasant place to live, work in  and visit.  It will also help the town’ s entry into Thames and Chilterns in Bloom this year.

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