At the beginning of November, a group of 11 cheerful volunteers planted around 1000 bulbs on Stroud Green. They worked hard in the breaks between rain showers, and were rewarded with Alison’s excellent rock cakes which were enjoyed by all following the planting.
Bulb planting was very successful, with 960 Narcissus Quail Jonquil planted in the mild, dry October weather. The volunteers enjoyed lots of cake afterwards too.
A good crowd of litter picking volunteers supported the group’s efforts to tidy Greenham - special thanks to Greenham Scouts. The Pigeon’s Farm area is looking much smarter after the cleaning!
On a Saturday morning 16 volunteers helped plant over 2000 bulbs - an incredible achievement! This included anemones, crocuses and miniature daffodils. The bulbs were planted around the fruit trees on Stroud Green and along the footpath between Westwood Road and the playground. After the productive planting session, the volunteers enjoyed drinks and homemade cakes.
On a particularly warm September Saturday, a group of volunteers helped clean and tidy Greenham. The group focussed around the Nightingales and on paths to the retail park, making a great improvement to the appearance of the area.
In a continuation of the current project “Greenham - Our local environment”, the group planted more trees in front gardens on Greenham estates.
On a sunny weekend in May, the group met to tend to the troughs and planters around Greenham Common Control Tower. They also mulched the recently planted trees there.
On Big Help Out day of the May Coronation Weekend, Greener Greenham Group smartened up the flowerbed and containers outside the Greenham Community Centre.
The Great British Spring Clean on April 1st was a great opportunity to welcome some new volunteers who helped litter pick the area around Water Lane. Despite the rain, the litter pick was very productive, leaving Greenham looking tidy for the Spring.
Close to twenty volunteers took part in the March litter pick, focused on the Racecourse Estate and a Stroud Green. The Greenham Scouts once again supported GGG by getting involved, and the litter pick was overall a great success.
Seventeen volunteers took part in the February litter pick, which took place in the Nightingales area. A special thanks goes to the Greenham Scouts for their excellent work tidying the path behind McDonalds on the retail park.
Five volunteers gathered on a wet January morning to litter pick and tidy the Pigeon’s farm area. The group made a significant and pleasing improvement to the appearance of The Diamond (John W Mello) field and the children’s play area in Pigeon’s Farm.
Having previously reached out to residents, on Friday 6th January 2023 Greener Greenham Group volunteers delivered 10 trees, stakes and compost (from Penwood Nurseries) to ‘adoptees’. The trees have now been planted and are looking wonderful in front gardens around Greenham!
A small group of GGG volunteers planted the last of this year's spring bulbs at the New Road/Pigeon's Farm corner on the 11th November.
Four volunteers took part in a GGG litter pick on 5th November. Despite cool and damp conditions, the group persevered and collected 6 bags of litter from areas around The Nightingales and Greenham Road.
8 adults and 3 children took part in a mini litter pick on Stroud Green, Greenham on a rather blustery afternoon on the 24th October. Here are some of the volunteers at the playground!
Around 20 volunteers helped to plant over 2000 bulbs including wild daffodils, aconites and crocuses on School Green. Everyone enjoyed working together on a fine autumn morning and there were cakes and juice afterwards. There will be some beautiful spring flowers for everyone to enjoy in Spring 2023.
Over summer the group ensured the trees planted on Stroud Green were looked after during the long drought from June to August with regular watering. The group also visited local houses to discuss adopting trees in their front gardens in preparation for the third phase of ‘The Streets Where We Live’.
The group organised and conducted another very successful litter pick throughout Greenham, involving local volunteers. This litter pick involved new routes to maximise the efficacy of the project. The litter pick was again supported by Metro Bank volunteers.
The group helped maintain flower beds around the Greenham Community Centre, as well as planting assorted fruit bushes. The group also replanted and helped to water the planters at the Control Tower, Greenham Common.
A small group of GGG volunteers planted three Tai Haku ‘Big White’ Japanese Cherry trees at Blue Gate, Greenham Common.
As part of the second phase of ‘The Streets Where We Live’, the group sourced 14 trees and 1 shrub and arranged for their adoption into in front gardens around Greenham. This project was made possible by fundraising on The Good Exchange, which made the trees free for the recipients. The crab apple, flowering cherry and rowan trees can all be found thriving in Westwood Road, Lingfield Road and New Road, Greenham. The planting was reported in the Newbury Weekly News.
The group embarked upon the largest project they had so far attempted - 23 trees were planted on Stroud Green near the new Racecourse Estate. The trees were from Penwood Nursery and were a mixture of crab apple, hawthorn, cherry and fruit. This project was funded by a donation from West Berks Council, and the trees were planted by a mixture of volunteers from Greener Greenham Group, the local estates and Metro Bank. More than thirty people attended the event and planted the trees in a snowstorm!
Following successful fundraising, the group organised a community event in which over 50 volunteers, supported by West Berks Council, planted 8500 spring bulbs on Stroud Green. This was followed by further bulb planting on School Green (assisted by volunteers from Metro Bank and the Green Gym), Pyle Hill and along Pinchington Lane.
The group launched a consultation with Greenham residents, researching and visiting potential front gardens which could benefit from a tree from the group. The group looked into different ornamental tree types and contacted Penwood Nurseries in preparation for ‘The Streets Where We Live’ Phase 2. Fundraising by donation through ‘The Good Exchange’ was also initiated.
The group organised and conducted a very successful litter pick throughout Greenham, involving local volunteers. The litter pick was also supported by Metro Bank volunteers.
During the first phase of ‘The Streets Where We Live’, having met and discussed plans with residents, the group planted three trees in front gardens on Sandown Way, two in front gardens and one in communal green space.
The group helped set up and maintain planters at the Control Tower, Greenham Common.
The first Greener Greenham Group organised litter pick was run in September 2020.
The group adopted the Westwood Road and Sandown Way flowerbeds in order to continue their upkeep. The group also planted bulbs in areas around Greenham.