VICTORY!! SODC overwhelmingly rejected the Gladman proposal thanks to some excellent presentations and the hard work of so many dogged campaigners. Over 120 turned up to protest. More on BBC South Today. An appeal can be expected.
Planning Application P16/S3630/O
Development of 245 Dwellings on Land off Emmer Green
Against all common sense, and in spite of over 400 letters in opposition, this outline application has now been recommended for approval by the planning officer and will be going before SODC’s Planning Committee for the councillors’ ultimate decision.
The date: Wednesday, 6th September 2017 at 6 pm,
The location: Didcot Civic Hall, Britwell Road, Didcot, OX11 7JN.
Will you please come along to give your support to our opposition to this greed-driven development, either by making your own transport arrangements (car-sharing recommended if possible) or by booking a place on our ‘Bust The Greed’ buses. There will be two picking-up points:
• the bus stop near the barber’s shop opposite Budgens, Emmer Green
• outside Sonning Common Village Hall
Both leaving at 4.45pm.
Please let us know beforehand (by 6pm on Monday, 4th) if
you would like a place/places reserved on the bus
EMMER GREEN BUS:
Email: [email protected] · Phone: 01189 470298.
SONNING COMMON BUS:
Email: [email protected] · Phone: Parish Office 0118 972 3616
www.cagedunsden.org – disappointing news for campaigners as SODC back track on their commitment to refuse Gladman on legal advice. The application is currently likely to go to committee on August 16 in Didcot with a recommendation the houses are built. CAGE has vowed to fight on. Read more on the CAGE website now.
Why not come to our next meeting on Tuesday 25 July at 7.15 pm (refreshments from 7 pm) in Church House, Church Street, Caversham. You are welcome to discuss and raise any issues. . For example: construction of a new bridge over the Kennet and a road into the town centre with a segregated fast-track public transport, pedestrian and cycle bridge and viaduct, comprising concrete bridge structure with a river span of 59.5m and a land span of 316m, supported by concrete columns, steel beams and reinforced soil embankment, together with new footpath links and existing footpath alterations, replacement supermarket car parking provision, junction improvements and landscaping. see planning.reading.gov.uk/fastweb_PL/detail.asp?AltRef=171108&ApplicationNumber=171108&AddressPrefi.... ... See MoreSee Less
Residents are invited and welcome to come to Caversham GLOBE group's meetings in Church House, Church Street, Caversham on Tuesday 27 June, with refreshments available from 7 pm. The group's 2017 Annual General Meeting will start at 7.15 pm. This meeting is where we take stock and review our activities from the previous year and review our financial accounts. We also reaffirm our continued organisation and existence, which is dependent on a small group of volunteers and activists. The AGM will be followed by the June monthly meeting at about 8 pm where you can raise concerns or register an interest in local environment issues. This hot weather has brought out the litter louts,though many conscientious users of Christchurch Meadows have used the limited space in nearby bins. Of course, foxes,gulls and magpies will attack this overnight so more plastic may end up in the Thames. GLOBE has drawn attention to this problem and suggested increased litter bins. ... See MoreSee Less
"Well done" Caversham GLOBE volunteers and thank you. The Council-owned planters originally installed along Church Street Caversham in 2000 are now starting to deteriorate structurally. Two GLOBE volunteers did some essential repairs on Monday 5 June (see pictures). There are other planters yet to be given similar attention. Within the next few years, sources of funding for replacement planters and to cover the costs of installation will need to be found. This may have to involve cooperation between Reading Borough Council, Caversham traders and various residents associations. Meantime, the GLOBE group volunteers will carry on their good work." ... See MoreSee Less
Reading Borough Local Plan – chance to comment on Draft Local Plan
Reading Borough Council is now consulting on the Draft Local Plan until 14th June 2017.
We are in the process of producing a new Local Plan to replace its existing development plan documents, and to plan for development in Reading up to 2036. Once adopted, the Local Plan will be the main document that informs how planning applications are determined and covers a wide variety of strategic matters, policies and specific sites for development.
We are seeking comments over the next six weeks during a period of public consultation. The full Draft Local Plan is on the Council’s website at: www.reading.gov.uk/newlocalplan and copies can also be viewed at the Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading, RG1 2LU (between 9 am and 5 pm on weekdays) and in all Council libraries (during normal opening hours). Supporting documents, such as a Draft Proposals Map, Sustainability Appraisal and Infrastructure Delivery Plan are also available on the Council’s website and are available for your comments. A brief summary leaflet is attached to this email.
We welcome any comments that you have. Please provide written responses to the consultation by 5 p.m. on 14th June 2017. Responses should be sent to: [email protected] or Planning Policy Team, Reading Borough Council, Civic Offices, Bridge Street, RG1 2LU.
You may also wish attend one of our drop-in events to talk about the Local Plan to a planning officer in more detail. There is no need to let us know if you wish to attend beforehand. These will be held at the Civic Offices, Bridge Street, RG1 2LU in main reception on Monday 15th May from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Tuesday 23rd May from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.
The next stage is that we intend to publish a revised draft plan, taking your responses to this consultation into account, in autumn of 2017, and will ask again for your views.
If you would like to be removed from our consultation lists, please let us know. We look forward to receiving your comments.
Planning Policy Team
Planning Section | Directorate of Environment and Neighbourhood Services
Reading Borough Council
0118 937 3337
Email: [email protected]
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Eight local residents gave their time on Thursday afternoon to tidy up and refurbish the 20 planters in central Caversham. This helps to make the area along Church Street more pleasant. Thank you GLOBE activists for yet another contribution to our community. ... See MoreSee Less
On Thursday 20 April from 1.30 pm the GLOBE group is planning to do some essential maintenance on the Church Street Planters to give them a bit of a face lift after the winter/spring displays. This work will include minor repair and applying danish oil to some of the woodwork, tidying the plants and watering. It would be ideal for about 6 people to take an hour or so each, rather than 2 people taking 3 hours plus. So, this is a plea for 6 volunteers able to give some time on Thursday afternoon to complete this work, please. If you would like to help with this project (see picture from a previous activity) please contact the group via [email protected] or text 07768 958407. Thanks. ... See MoreSee Less
Once again Caversham is a cleaner place with 20 sacks of litter collected and removed from a local Caversham woodland near the Thames. A big "thank you" to the 5 residents who gave up their Saturday morning to do this good deed. ... See MoreSee Less
The next meeting of the Caversham GLOBE group will be held on Tuesday 28 March at 7.15 pm (refreshments from 7 pm) in Church House, Church Street, Caversham. Notes of our February meeting containing information on our current issues are available on request or at our meeting. There's the new "Reading Adopt Your Street Scheme" (RAYS) intended to encourage local residents in caring for their locality - please spread the word. Some local issues in which our group's activists have been involved do take a long time to get resolved so there's a lot of persistence needed by the group's activists. You might also consider what would happen to our locality in the longer term if the GLOBE group ceased to exist due to poor support from residents and loss of the small annual grant, to which RBC previously committed to cover insurance and meeting costs when it set up the GLOBE groups across the borough more than 20 years ago. The Caversham "Neighbourhood Action Group" (NAG), our residents' associations and various groups of activists and some dedicated individuals in all areas of the Borough north of the Thames form a crucial base of people who care about our special locality. A good example being the 15 residents in the group that GLOBE organised who collected 54 sacks of other people's litter and fly tipping between 10 to 12 March in parts of Emmer Green and central Caversham. Though it wasn't all cleared and some residents are aware of its continued existence and other residents are already adding to this public nuisance! We'd be interested in your thoughts on these matters, either by email, messenger or when you come to our monthly GLOBE meeting where we discuss and raise any issues. Thanks. ... See MoreSee Less
Great news! Central Caversham, an area of our riverside and part of Emmer Green is much much cleaner today. Over the past three days 15 volunteers have invested 39 hours between them to collect 54 sacks of other peoples' cans, plastic bottles, paper and other litter as well as fly-tipped clothing, metal, wood, plastic, paint cans, bike parts, tools, flower pots, suitcases, a roller blind and a cuddly toy. A big "thank you" to those activists who achieved this clearance, some of which is being recycled. Most of the areas cleared have been done in the past by GLOBE supporters but still the problem exists. ... See MoreSee Less
To all GLOBE supporters. The Spring RESCUE (Rivers and Environmental Spaces Clean Up Event) across the Reading Borough is one week later than the "Keep Britain Tidy" clean up now taking place. Could you help keep Caversham clean by joining other GLOBE activists for up to 2 hours on Sunday 12 March from 11 am? We will meet by the BT Exchange Church Street Caversham and clean nearby streets and open areas. It's important that you let GLOBE know by email if you can come along on Sunday 12 March (please also give a contact phone number), so that we can obtain enough litter pickers,gloves and hi-viz vests or let you know if bad weather may disrupt our arrangements. Please email [email protected] as soon as you can and no later than Wednesday 8 March. In case you need it, 07768 958407 to contact Richard Denney. If you know of others who may help, please spread the word. Thank you There are other litter hots spots in Caversham and Emmer Green for which we are seeking volunteers to help clean up: for example, Mill Green/Deans Farm public land, the alley (footpath 41) behind Chiltern Road, the Stuart Close/Surley Row/Grove Hill footpaths: also the green path from the Emmer Green pond that goes behind Knights Way and Buckingham Drive to Marshlands Square where there is bad fly-tipping in at least 5 places. You may also know of other areas. We can make separate arrangements for these.
The next meeting of the Caversham GLOBE group will be held on Tuesday 28 February at 7.15 pm (refreshments from 7 pm) in Church House, Church Street, Caversham. We are pleased to welcome Ricky Josey from RBC to to talk about the new "Reading Adopt Your Street Scheme" (RAYS) and the March 'RESCUE' clean-up event. The new "Adopt Your Street Scheme" enables local residents to volunteer to help keep their area clean. All are welcome to the meeting to hear more about this important initiative that supports residents in caring for their communities and environment.
Notes of some of our current GLOBE GROUP issues are available on request. Residents are always welcome to attend these monthly GLOBE meetings to discuss and raise any issues, or to make contact beforehand about any local matters with which the group may be able to help. ... See MoreSee Less
The first 2017 meeting of the GLOBE group will be held next Tuesday 24 January at 7.15 pm in Church House, Church Street, Caversham. Residents are very welcome to attend, discuss and raise any issues, or to contact the group about any local environment matters with which we may be able to help. GLOBE group needs more volunteers who care about how our locality looks, how it can be enjoyed and be useful for wildlife. We give our time and energy by working to: - improve and help maintain our local green/open public spaces, - plant trees & hedging - reduce litter & fly-tipping - plant/maintain the Council's planters along Church Street - liaise with RBC to resolve any issues we find - comment on planning applications. Notes of our last meeting are available on request by email. ... See MoreSee Less
RARE TREES LOST. Caversham GLOBE activists were sadly busy on Friday 13 January in Balmore Walk northern field tree slopes, where so called "woodland management" work had started in the memorial copse without prior public notice the previous Saturday when RBC chain saws were heard by chance. We immediately protested because our GLOBE group had been given a written undertaking by RBC that, prior to any work being done, we would have a site meeting with the RBC Ecologist to give our opinions and local knowledge on individual species that we valued and to identify trees to be retained. These would have included the fairly rare but now felled: Spindle Tree (with leaves turning yellow or red in autumn, and panicles of small yellow flowers followed by 4-lobed red fruits which split to reveal orange seeds) also a Wild Service Tree (The flowers provide pollen and nectar for insects, the berries are eaten by birds and its leaves are eaten by certain moth caterpillars). As a consequence of our initial protest a belated notice of ongoing work was posted midweek by RBC, though no apology was received for the broken undertaking to consult.
It's too late for the Spindle, the Wild Service Tree and various beech etc. However, see photos of some of our actions, included placing notices on some valued trees, including 2 more wild service trees, apple, crab apple, hornbeam, yew, scots pine and beech. We also cleaned some paint off a few trees that were due to be felled in future. We did a litter pick of the area and identified fly tipping of garden refuse and old fencing done by a neighbouring household. Contact GLOBE on 07768 958407 or send PM for further information about our voluntary work. ... See MoreSee Less
Gillian CaveenDisgraceful! Pity RBC can't be as quick on the upkeep of trees and bushes where I live. Trees are massive and never been pruned in the 13.5 years I lived here - even after numerous requests by me. The path we walk along to school is so overgrown that we now walk on mud. RBC really needs to sort its priorities out!
RBCs planning committee voted unanimously last night to send strong objections to South Oxfordshire on the speculative application from Gladman to build 245 houses on open countryside immediately adjacent to Emmer Green. All of the public speakers and councillors spoke in very robust terms against the application which GLOBE believes to be unsustainable, contrary to the approve SODC local plan and objectionable on many other grounds including ecology and the burden on local services and the road network in Reading. More information on the CAGE campaign web site www.cagedunsden.org/ South Oxfordshire will decide the application at a planning meeting in March and we urge GLOBE supporters who have not yet expressed their concerns to send objections to SODC. www.southoxon.gov.uk/ccm/support/Main.jsp?MODULE=ApplicationDetails&REF=P16/S3630/O... See MoreSee Less
Serious concerns have been raised at the last two GLOBE meetings about a speculative planning application by Gladman Development on behalf of the Phillimore estate, to build 245 houses on open countryside adjacent to Peppard Road, immediately north of Emmer Green. The fields are in Eye & Dunsden Parish but building here on such a large scale would inevitable have major implications for Caversham & Emmer Green in terms of schools, doctors, traffic etc. Not to mention loss of much valued local countryside. There is a danger that if this application got approved, all of the green fields which surround Caversham and Emmer Green to our north, east and west could be under threat. Building housing on countryside adjacent to the Reading boundary is contrary to south Oxfordshire’s Local Plan and we hope that these proposals are firmly rejected. We urge all concerned residents to send their objections both to South Oxfordshire District council and to Reading Borough Council who are being consulted as the application site is immediately adjacent to the Reading boundary. The SODC application is at www.southoxon.gov.uk/ccm/support/Main.jsp?MODULE=ApplicationDetails&REF=P16%2FS3630%2FO
Earlier during National Tree Week, Reading Tree Wardens fitted some protective mesh guards to trees at Emmer Green recreation ground. Sadly, these trees had suffered damage to the bark on their trunks (probably by animals, dogs or deer?). The new guards will hopefully prevent further damage and enable the tree bark to heal. Thanks to Emmer Green Residents Association (EGRA) and Caversham GLOBE who funded the tree guards and stakes!
Hello to local residents who read this post. You'll be welcome at the next meeting of Caversham GLOBE group on Tuesday 25 October at 7.15 pm (refreshments from 7 pm) in Church House, Church Street, Caversham. The need for more local people to make their opinions known and for taking action to protect and improve our locality is crucial. One of the other GLOBE groups in Reading is likely to close due to lack of active residents interested in the group's voluntary work. Please don't let that happen to Caversham GLOBE group. It's not very gratifying picking up other people's rubbish year after year but if some of us didn't do it, the alternative is unthinkable, for example: On Saturday 15 October a well-publicised GLOBE litter and fly tipping clearance of the Hill's Meadow area was attended by only 6 people, all of whom have spent their time on many previous occasions doing these type of activities with Caversham GLOBE group. More than 600 people saw the information that the clearance was planned but sadly only 6 people, each one our usual stalwarts, made the time to come along. Even allowing for most busy people's other commitments, it's not an encouraging sign for our group when very few people respond at all. Anyway, the good news is that we have removed 18 sacks of human debris plus 26 glass bottles (put in b/banks) and a lot of plumbing trade waste including 2 plastic tanks a boiler flue, 8 light bulbs, 3 drugs needles,countless plastic coffee filter cups and various other stuff. It's amazing and sad that on 5 March 2016, just 7 months ago, Caversham GLOBE volunteers made a major collection to clear this same area, also pictured. This included 20 general Waste sacks, 10 sacks of recycling, 3 traffic cones, 4 road signs, 2 pallets, 2 large vehicle tyres, 2 drugs needles cases, 14 9v batteries and 121 glass bottles that were put in the recycling bins. Previously, in January 2015 a group of our volunteers also made a massive collection of rubbish from Hill's Meadow area. Draw your own conclusions about the guilty litter louts and thoughtless inconsiderate people who continually leave this blight. And big cheers for GLOBE volunteers! ... See MoreSee Less
A big thank you to the 6 GLOBE volunteers (each one of them our usual activists) who gave their time and energy this morning (15 October 2016) to clear Hill's Meadow area of 18 sacks of litter (12 general waste, 6 recycling) plus 26 glass bottles (put in b/banks), some hosepipe, 7 light bulbs, 3 drugs needles, a traffic cone and a lot of fly tipped plumbing trade waste that included 2 plastic water tanks and a big boiler flue. It's amazing and sad that on 5 March 2016, just 7 months ago, Caversham GLOBE volunteers made a major collection to clear this same area, also pictured. This included 20 general Waste sacks, 10 sacks of recycling, 3 traffic cones, 4 road signs, 2 pallets, 2 large vehicle tyres, 2 drugs needles cases, 14 9v batteries and 121 glass bottles that were put in the recycling bins. Previously, in January 2015 a group of our volunteers also made a massive collection of rubbish from Hill's Meadow area - also pictured! Draw your own conclusions about the guilty litter louts and thoughtless inconsiderate people who continually leave this blight. ... See MoreSee Less
The GLOBE group is intending to do a litter clean up of Hill's Meadow and adjacent Thames Parks on Saturday 15 October from 10 am. We'll be meeting by the recycling bins and spreading from there into Christchurch Meadows and View Island to rid these green areas of other people's thoughtless litter. If you and anyone you know could join us this will be a good showing of local pride in our open spaces. We'll provide sacks and litter pickers. If you have protective gloves please wear them and, of course, wear necessary tough footwear and clothing to suit weather and ground conditions, working near water. Under 16s must be supervised by their responsible adult and our safety precautions must have been read and understood by all participants. If it's raining heavily the event will be called off. Contact GLOBE by email or phone/text if you would be able to attend so that we'll know approximate numbers for planning purposes. [email protected]
Please spare up to 2 hours to help, if you can, thanks. Also, if you know of a green spaces in our locality that need a litter pick please tell GLOBE, so we can arrange a clean up involving local residents. Richard Denney 07768 958407 ... See MoreSee Less
The next meeting of Caversham GLOBE group is on Tuesday 27 September at 7.15 pm in Church House, Church Street, Caversham. The need for more local people to make their opinions known and for taking action to protect and improve our locality is important. We have two new major residential development schemes that would have major consequences. Cooper BMW site, Kings Meadow Rd. Revised proposals from Lochailort Investments for new towerblocks with c310 flats. This is being promoted as “Thames Quarter” (ex Swan Heights that was previously rejected). Also, on south Oxfordshire farmland next to Emmer Green between Peppard Rd & Kiln Rd - a proposal to build 270 houses on this open farmland. Any resident is welcome at our GLOBE meetings and to help with various projects to protect and enhance our environment. Notes of our last meeting can be emailed on request to [email protected]... See MoreSee Less
During the 2016 Reading Festival last weekend a small number of GLOBE volunteers between them devoted some 14 hours to litter picking in and around central Caversham. They collected 25 sackfuls of litter from the central shopping area, surrounding side streets and parts of the riverside.
Credit is also due to Reading Borough Council staff for street cleaning, sweeping and emptying bins in central Caversham during the event. There was a marked reduction in the number of abandoned shopping trolleys this year, thanks to measures put in place by Waitrose. Disappointingly, in privately owned areas such as the Tesco/Esso frontage and St Martins Precinct and car parks, little or no extra provision for clearing up litter over the festival had been made, despite benefiting from a big increase in trade .
There is no doubt that due to the work of GLOBE volunteers and RBC staff the centre of Caversham was kept generally clean and tidy despite huge amounts of litter left by thoughtless people ... See MoreSee Less
This is a reminder that our next meeting of Caversham GLOBE group is on Tuesday 23 August at 7.15 pm in Church House, Church Street, Caversham. Notes of our last meeting have been emailed to our registered supporters and activists. These notes can be emailed to anyone else interested in our voluntary work keeping Caversham looking slightly cleaner and a more pleasant environment in which to live, work and enjoy life! Residents are very welcome to attend our monthly meetings and to join our mailing list - please spread the word - we need more volunteers. Email contact via [email protected] Would you like this local brook,a few feet from one of our main roads near the Reading Festival site, to continue in this state? More people need to care............... ... See MoreSee Less
The 2016 Reading Festival will take place from Thursday 25th through to Sunday 28th August 2016 on the Richfield Avenue site.
About 100,000 Festival Goers are expected.
Early arrivals can be expected from Wednesday afternoon 24th and late leavers on Monday 29th.
Caversham, Reading, Reading Station and Hills Meadows Drop Off Point arrivals will enter (and can leave!) the site via the Green 2 and Red Gates, behind the Crowne Plaza Hotel, on the Thames Promenade.
Mapledurham Arrivals will come through the White Gate.
There will be a new Pedestrian Route Signposted from the Hills Meadows Car Park Drop Off.
The Pedestrian Route will pass under Reading Bridge/George Street, across Christchurch Meadows, over the Christchurch Bridge and along the Thames Path to the Festival Site.
Richfield Avenue will be closed each evening from 10 o’clock till midnight, from Thursday, to allow Festival Goers safe exit towards Reading and Reading Station.
For more information see the organiser Festival Republic’s own “Reading Festival website”. ... See MoreSee Less
The next monthly meeting of Caversham GLOBE is on Tuesday 26 July at 7.15 pm in Church House, Church Street, Caversham. Our agenda is shown below and local people are very welcome to attend, discuss and raise any issues. AGENDA FOR CAVERSHAM GLOBE MONTHLY MEETING ON TUESDAY 26 JULY 2016 AT 7.15 PM.
Chair’s welcome, Apologies for absence. 1. Review of notes of last meeting held on 28 June - progress & matters arising. 2. Parks, Open Spaces & Trees issues. 3. Planning Matters. 4. Finance Matters 5. Environmental matters, including EVAs; Litter and fly-tipping 6. Summary of any relevant GLOBE correspondence/activities since last meeting. 7. Any other business and confirmation of August monthly meeting date as 23 August
The notes of the June meeting will be available at the July meeting or in advance on request. ... See MoreSee Less
Thanks to these pictured GLOBE activists who on Wednesday 6 July planted some additional hedging in Balmore Walk and did some undergrowth clearance around 6 young trees that we planted a few years ago. ... See MoreSee Less
On Wednesday 6th July GLOBE will be carrying out some practical work at Balmore Walk, clearing around some saplings that we planted a few years ago, hedge maintenance, and also dealing with some long-standing graffiti on a fence. If anyone would like to join us we will be there at 1030am near where the main path goes through the beech trees. Nearest entrance is The Ridgeway or the steep steps by 155 Hemdean Rd opposite Caversham Primary School . Please wear protective gloves, secateurs may also be useful. If anyone would like to help or for more details email [email protected]... See MoreSee Less
On Tuesday 28 June the group's 2016 Annual General Meeting will start at 7.15 pm in Church House, Church Street, Caversham. This will be followed by our regular monthly meeting at about 8 pm. Residents are welcome to attend these meetings.The notes for these meetings have been sent to those supporters who have submitted an email address. Those notes are also available to anyone else on request beforehand by emailing [email protected]... See MoreSee Less
Our next monthly GLOBE meeting will be in Church House, Church Street, Caversham from 7.15 pm on Tuesday 24 May 2016 with refreshments from 7 pm. Local residents are welcome to attend. The draft notes from our meeting in April have been sent to those supporters who have submitted an email address. Those notes are also available to anyone else on request beforehand or at our meeting. Our agenda covers: 1. Minutes of meeting of 26 April 2016 - with detailed review of actions completed; discussion on progress and matters arising. 2. Parks, Trees and Open Spaces - issues in our area. 3. Planning Applications and related matters. 4. Finance items. 5. Environmental matters, including EVAs; Litter and fly-tipping 6.LED Streetlamps - what are the problems? 7. Summary of any relevant GLOBE correspondence/activities since last meeting. Local residents are welcome to attend. To raise an issue for discussion this can be done at the meeting or preferably in advance by email, thanks. Richard Denney [email protected]... See MoreSee Less
Kay Perry, a Caversham GLOBE supporter was recently invited to visit Hemdean House School to meet with Helen Illingworth, the teacher responsible for providing the Outdoor Learning Programme and to see what initiatives the school has been taking to engage with the natural environment. It was a fascinating opportunity to see first hand all the wonderful things that the school is doing.
Hemdean House School was first established in 1859 and is a co-educational independent day school. The site has numerous areas for outdoor learning, including “The Den” a purpose built wooden structure providing shade and shelter for outdoor teaching. There is also an area with raised beds for cultivation of flowers, fruit and vegetables, although the pumpkins last year fell victim to the regular visiting deer! There is a pond full of flora and insects and “accommodation” for other wildlife too – a bug hotel built by Mrs Robinson and the Early Years children, a wormery and bird boxes.
The recent repurchase of undeveloped land at the back of the site provides ample scope for a wild nature area, complete with log seating, wild flowers and opportunities to enjoy forestry activities and a new larger pond area is under development which will incorporate a viewing platform for children to see the transition of tadpole to frog. This area was decked with bluebells, wild garlic and other wild flowers and with the trees coming into foliage, created a haven of peace and tranquillity very close to Caversham centre.
Staff are able to provide curriculum based learning, from art to science, poetry to maths, in such a way that imagination is stimulated, as well as promoting respect for and awareness of the natural environment. The school has strong links with other local and National groups, including BBOWT, RSPB and RHS. It has joined in with projects such as The Tulip Test Garden from Journey North, Rocket Seeds and the RHS Campaign for School Gardening. It also achieved the Woodland Trust Green Tree Schools Gold Award. The team is keen to further develop these links and has big ideas for the future too, including a weather station and sending staff on Forest School training.
The school is well supported by both teaching staff and an experienced and enthusiastic groundsman along with help and support from parents. The children seem to really enjoy this aspect of their education, learning an appreciation for the wonders of the natural world....mud, leaves, compost, bulbs, bugs, and all it has to offer!
Thank you to Hemdean House and in particular Helen for making Kay so welcome. If anyone has any suggestions on how Caversham GLOBE can strengthen links with local schools who are interested in their environment, please contact us. ... See MoreSee Less
Our next monthly GLOBE meeting will in Church House, Caversham from the revised time of 6 pm on Tuesday 26 April 2016. Meeting will start promptly at 6:10 pm. This change to our usual start time has been arranged by request so that some people can also attend the CADRA AGM from 7.30 pm. ... See MoreSee Less
Bad news about Balmore Walk and Christchurch Meadows. On Friday 4 March council contractors were working in Balmore Walk using heavy cutting machinery in a rather damaging way. Some young trees planted by GLOBE have been hacked down and left in a sorry state, blackthorn debris has been left strewn about. Worse still, it appears that when cutting back edges along the boundary fence the Sustrans cast iron mile post was topped, broken and irreparably damaged - subsequently the remaining portion has been graffitied. SEE PICTURE. This broken sign and the damage to trees has been referred to RBC. . . Christchurch Meadows continues to endure its sorry state whilst we await some drying out before the contractors can finally fully and properly re-instate the grass areas, particularly around the bridge and the George Street and Gosbrook Road entrances. There's to be no wild flower planting in any areas, despite a recent suggestion by GLOBE to RBC that the meadows need some: We sent in a suggestion as follows:
"Caversham GLOBE takes an active and practical interest in the Thames Parks in our area. We also look after the planting and care of the 20 Planters in Church Street central Caversham. Some years ago in a consultation document about Christchurch Meadows some wild flower planting areas were suggested by RBC along some margins. Nothing came of that but GLOBE still believes that wild flower planting in a few areas would be very welcome by the public and good for wildlife. Especially now that user numbers have increased due to the new bridge. For example, near the George Street embankment, near the tennis courts or play area, near one or two hedgerows or along the Danall or anywhere it would not interfere with recreational activities? We are wondering whether RBC would agree in principle to some designated areas of Christchurch Meadows having some wildflower areas? If so, maybe we could make some progress by a joint site meeting where we could find out what might be involved and what sort of guidelines RBC would expect GLOBE to comply with e.g. types of flowers, which specific areas we might be allocated, what standard of maintenance we would comply with, whether community/school groups would benefit from being involved for learning/nature study. GLOBE has the necessary insurance, we have planted trees, hedging and bulbs on RBC Parks, Housing and Library land by agreement in the past, so we hope a positive acceptance of this wild flower planting suggestion would be received."
We've just had a response telling us that wild flower areas were trialled some years ago in some parks but led to problems that
"included vandalism, specifically the removal of signage and plants. There was also an increase in dog fouling within these areas. The wild flower areas also became untidy and collected litter creating further operational concerns at a time when the Council is facing staffing shortages and severe budgetary constraints."
So, GLOBE supporters, unless there is a change of RBC policy on this we shall have no such welcome floral improvements. However, if GLOBE activists, residents and sponsors could counter the staffing shortages and severe budgetary constraints reasons by providing voluntary labour,perhaps with partners from other organisations, we would press our cause and get agreement to a limited trial to ascertain whether vandalism,dog fouling and litter will occur sufficiently in Christchurch Meadows for us to discontinue with it. It's up to you GLOBE supporters, if you want it we must campaign for it or let the vandals, litter louts and inconsiderate dog owners keep it from us! ... See MoreSee Less
Adrian LawsonThe irony is RBC has a great fondness for mass bulb planting, notably daffodils. These have exactly the same maintenance issues as wild flower areas. It is a cultural resistance to wildness you have to overcome. Suggest a planting that includes plants by name and some daffs and snowdrops to appease them and you have much more chance.
Dean EzraI agree with Adrian's comment, people need to understand that 'wild' and 'wildlife' areas ARE NOT untidy just because it isn't 'uniform'. I also strongly agree that the majority of users of parks SHOULD NOT be penalised for the vandalism carried out by the few.
RESCUE clean up (aka "Clean for the Queen", 4 and 5 March 2016 in central Caversham and Hill's Meadow area.
Well done to the 13 GLOBE activists who gave their time and energy to rid Caversham of so much litter and fly tipped debris on Friday and Saturday. It gets tedious picking up other people's rubbish year after year but GLOBE supporters keep doing it because they care about our locality. The details below and the attached photos may be of interest.
Friday 4 March: Collected 9 sacks recycling and 16 general waste. We also collected at least 62 glass bottles, a supermarket trolley, a large yellow road sign, some scrap metal, a drugs needles case with contents and a car wheel cover and a bicycle.
Saturday 5 March Collected 10 sacks recyclables 20 sacks of general waste . Other items included: 3 traffic cones, 4 road signs, 2 pallets, 2 large vehicle tyres, 2 drugs needles cases, 14 9v batteries, 121 glass bottles.
13 different people helped over the 2 days - total person hours approximately 37 hours. A big "Thank you" to each of them. ... See MoreSee Less
Caversham GLOBE will be leading two clean up sessions for the Spring 2016 Rivers and Environmental Spaces Clean Up Event, aka RESCUE, organised by Reading Borough Council. If you and/or someone you know can spare some time on one or both these days it will be very welcome as well as a good thing. Litter pickers, sacks and various safety equipment will be provided, though you may prefer to wear your own protective gloves. Sessions will be:
On Friday 4 March 10 am we plan to work in central Caversham near Abbotsmead Place/School Lane and Promenade Road, including nearby alleys and footpaths and riverside . Meet by the BT Exchange in Church Street at 10 am
On Saturday 5 March 10 am we are meeting by the recycling bins in Hill's Meadow intending to work on View Island and Hill's Meadow, including the George Street embankment on Hill's Meadow side and the Christchurch Meadow side. . Attendees should wear suitable clothing and footwear for the weather and ground conditions. Please email us (with your contact phone number in case we have to postpone due to bad weather) if you can help, and on which days, so that we have an idea of how many litter pickers etc to bring along. Contact GLOBE via [email protected] Thank you. ... See MoreSee Less
Catherine DunfordI'd have loved to get my Guide Unit involved in this, but it's a bit late notice. I'd love it if you could let me know what dates you have lined up where some 10-14 year olds could help out
Six Caversham GLOBE activists were in Balmore Walk on Monday 15 February planting some extra hedging along boundaries that will hide fencing and encourage wildlife. 3 sacks of litter and 16 glass bottles were also collected - see photos. A well deserved "thank you" to all who each gave more than 2 hours to improve the park for others to enjoy. Our next monthly GLOBE meeting will be in Church House, Church Street, Caversham from 7.15 pm on Tuesday 23 February 2016 with refreshments from 7 pm. The draft notes from our January meeting are available on request in advance or just come to our meeting. email for more information: [email protected]... See MoreSee Less
Our next monthly GLOBE meeting will be in Church House, Church Street, Caversham from 7.15 pm on Tuesday 26 January 2016 with refreshments from 7 pm. The draft notes from our last formal meeting in November have been sent to those supporters who submitted an email address. Those notes are also available to anyone else on request in advance or at the meeting. Local residents are welcome to attend. To raise an issue for discussion this can be done at the meeting or preferably in advance by email, thanks. Richard Denney [email protected]... See MoreSee Less
Some weeks ago the mature ornamental crab apple tree in front of Caversham Library on Church Street blew over and was left in a rather sorry state. It had weakened roots due to fungal growth. On asking about timescale for removal of the fallen tree and a replacement, GLOBE was told by the Council that timescale for removal and replacement was uncertain, so GLOBE agreed with the library that we would take responsibility for a replacement tree. There is a tree pit and it would have been a shame not to replace the casualty as there are so few trees on that side of the road. This morning 2 GLOBE stalwarts cleared the site and will be selecting a suitable replacement for planting next month. A big thank you to those two worthy volunteers! ... See MoreSee Less
Clare NewmanFantastic! We saw you yesterday so is lovely to find out what you were doing - it was only a few weeks ago when I saw the post about the plant boxes that I realised it was you and not the council who keeps Caversham looking pretty. We'll done all!