We are delighted with our new area of hard landscaping and raised beds which will be helpful to our less physically able gardeners. The project was made possible by a generous grant from the Earley Charity. It was designed by Amanda Almeida our Senior Horticultural Therapist and constructed by Smallwood Countryside Contractors of Sonning. We look forward to seeing it develop during the summer gardening season.
Photos of our new area of hard landscaping and raised beds
Ridgeline are proud to have retained the cup for best in Community Gardens section of Reading in Bloom. But that's not all: we also received the Banksian Medal presented by the RHS and awarded by the Reading in Bloom Committee for the largest number of points in the whole of the horticultural classes.
A big thank you to all who took part in this years Harvest Fete on Sunday 17th September. We didn’t make a detailed count, but around 300 people came during the afternoon. It was a huge success and we raised almost £1500 towards running the Ridgeline Therapeutic Garden.
The weather was pretty good throughout the long day, although a brisk shower about 3pm made everyone glad we had plenty of gazebos, and the tea room with cake and beverages.
As well as the established favourites, there were extra attractions this year. The excellent 4 Bones trombone quartet entertained us for an hour, and the multi-cultural gardening group brought a flavour of Nepal to East Reading. The community apple crushers from Wokingham provided added interest, plus a half share of their donations, and our own Ridgeline Volunteer Craft Group showed their creative flair.
Sincere thanks for the hard work by our volunteers that helped make this year’s Harvest another huge success!
Some photos from the day below:
Heart-warming picture of our gardener tea cosy knitted by a cousin of Michael, one of our long standing Wednesday volunteers.
We are very grateful to Tesco for the grant of £4,272.00 they have awarded us. This will help us to retain the services of our Horticultural Therapist Amanda Almeida through the next year and mean we can continue to offer our clients her expertise and guidance.
A big Thank You to the Coop Local Community Fund for over £6,000 which was raised in spring 2017 with the support and votes of local Coop customers in the East Reading, Earley and Charvil areas. Among other things this money will be used for:
It was a VERY WARM sunny afternoon, but many of our regular gardeners and volunteers and a surprisingly large number of visitors came and enjoyed our beautiful garden, plus the teas and delicious cakes.
The garden drew many compliments from visitors. A wide variety of plants were sold, and the lovely sweet pea vases were very popular. The total raised by the end of the day came to over £1,000.
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With the help of Co-op members we are hoping to:
Photo shows Co-op volunteers helping at our garden.
Communal Garden non-residential category for 2016
We are very proud to have won another Reading in Bloom award. The Ridgeline Garden won the gold award in the Communal Garden non-residential category for 2016.
The cup was presentation by Reading in Bloom representative Ann Westgarth.
Our application for funding for a new hard standing area with raised beds has been successful.
The Multi-cultural Gardening Club will continue gardening at Ridgeline for the time being, but starting this spring we will be converting the part of that area closest to the pavilion into an accessible firm-surfaced area suitable for less physically mobile gardeners.
The grant will fund the excavation of the area of garden adjacent to the current path, laying Coxwell gravel to match the existing hard surfaces, erecting four planters with bow-topped diamond trellis panels with a post
and rope boundary, plus digging out shallow planting guttering.
It will also enable us to purchase new long-handled tools for the less physically able gardeners.
This is a great success for Jane, our new volunteer Grants & Fundraising Manager.
We are very grateful to the Early Charity, who previously helped us in 2009 by contributing £5,000 towards the costs of building our pavilion.