View our current gardening timetable here:
Would you like to join our multicultural gardening club?
Anyone from minority communities who would like to improve their health, wellbeing, and get benefits from gardening activities are welcome to join!
Sessions are every Sunday at 10.30am (for 2 hrs) and a £1 donation to cover tea, biscuits and sharing the produce from the garden.
If you would like to join call into the garden or call Krishna on 07939665482.
Some photos from the session can be seen below:
Latest Building Construction Photos
Visit the ‘Building Plans’ tab here for some current photos from the site
Harvest Fete – Around £800 taken // Building Works
We are very pleased to say, following our last minute decision to re-schedule the harvest fete from Sep 23rd to the new date of last Sunday Sep 30th (due to an awful weather forecast) we were proved right ! Around 200 visitors came to the garden over the course of the day, including many new faces and potential volunteers, and around £800 was taken from donations, produce sale, jams & chutneys, bbq, pottery, books, dvds, tombola, plant sale, and a raffle. A HUGE thank you to everyone who donated items, manned a stall, helped set up the garden on the day, and promoted the event; and everyone who came along on the day !
Photo above: Carol, Celia and Gill from the Ridgeline Trust, with Andrew Scarborough from Bottomline Technologies – “turning the first sod” for the building foundation work
We were also very pleased to have photographers from The Reading Post and The Reading Chronicle at the Harvest Fete to see us “turning the first sod” in the footprint of our proposed building. Foundation work is due to commence imminently. Watch this space for progress on the building – we are likely to need volunteers to help decorate !
Harvest Fete – Sun 30 Sep – 1pm to 4pm
The Harvest Fete for this year is nearly upon us! Activites at the garden will include:*Produce & Plants *Second Hand Books*Home Made Cakes *Refreshments*Kids Games & Activities*Studio Pottery Seconds *Live Music
You can help us prepare and run the event by donating:
* jams & chutneys (or the produce so we can make them)
* home made cakes
* manning a stall or activity on the day (as little or as long as you can manage)
Please email us or contact one of our Trustees directly with any offer of help you can manage!
Building Update We are also very pleased to say we have been successful with a number of new grant applications in the last few months, alongside the great work from local IT firm Bottomline Technologies in that we now have enough money to start construction of our brand new cricket pavillion style building this autumn. We will have a ceremonial ‘cutting the first sod’ in the footprint of the new building at the Harvest Fete, so we can commence the foundation work!
We look forward to seeing you there!
£2,000 Awarded from Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation!
We have just had the great news that the Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation has very kindly agreed to award us £2,000 towards our building fund. This brings us even closer to our final target, and we are working hard to raise the remaining funds as soon as possible!
Introducing: Isla – our new Garden Co-ordinator !
We would like to introduce our new Garden Co-ordinator Isla Goldsmith, who is a trained horticultural therapist. Isla comes brimming with ideas for the garden, and amongst her wealth of experience, has recently been working with Thrive. Isla will also provide welcome relief for our volunteer Gill, who has been working tirelessly over the years. Isla will be implementing structured programmes and ideas to attract more gardeners. If you have any suggestions, changes, or ideas you would like to put forward, please feel free to visit our blog page.
£20,000 Awarded to Ridgeline towards Building Fund!
We are absolutely thrilled to say that following our grant application to The Tudor Trust, they have recently contacted us to let us know that their Trustees are awarding us £20,000 towards our new building fund!! The news is still very much sinking in, but we are now very nearly there to be able to progress our long term vision of having a building on site to provide shelter, year round access, basic kitchen, toilet facilities and a meeting room. We shall be pursuing more fundraising efforts and grant applications to try and reach our final total as soon as possible. The photo here is an example of the kind of building we would be looking for.
To read more about our plans for the building and to see the proposed site layout and floor plans click here
Bottomline Run the Reading Half Marathon
Bottomline Technologies continue to astound us with their relentless energy and enthusiasm! The 46 runners from the local I.T company have so far raised £1,350 for Ridgeline with more money on its way!
New Polytunnel at the Garden !
Thanks to Food4Families for their very generous donation which paid the bulk of the cost of our brand new polytunnel – recently installed at the garden !
The polytunnel is the next step up in developments at the garden; alongside our new paths and recent grant award to employ a part time garden co-ordinator. We are very pleased with current progress, and we are now working on implementation of feature gardening pods (of particular benefit for wheel chair users) and reaching our total target for our new building proposal.
Walk for Ridgeline – First Leg Completed !
Bottomline and their team of walkers added a group total of 270 miles to their overall mileage target for Ridgeline, for the first leg of their ‘Walk for Ridgeline” Ridgeway National Trail walk.
Many a soggy sock, aching shin, and blistered foot trampled the countryside; with the beautiful scenery and great spirit keeping the team going… and the lure of the pub at the end!
Ridgeline Trust and Bottomline are very grateful for the free transportation assistance that Tony and 1st CLASS CARS provided to aid with the overall logistics http://www.1stclasscars.co.uk/
The next leg of the walk is to be announced soon – watch this space!
Ridgeline Trust – Live Music Fundraiser
On Thurs 1st March, we have what has become our annual live gig fundraiser. After the sold out success of The Quotes last year, we are very pleased to welcome young talent from Komodo Krimes and Daniel James. We hope to see you at South Street Arts Centre, Reading. Doors will be at 8pm and it is an age 14+ (with adult), 16+ show. Refreshments including alcoholic drinks for those over 18 years can be purchased from the bar. Tickets are £6 in advance (£8 on the door), and can be purchased here
Bottomline Technologies Walk for Ridgeline
On Sat 18th Feb, Bottomline Technologies will be starting “part one” of their three part walk to eventually cover the full 87 miles of the Ridgeway National Trail. The walk takes in stunning scenery and ancient landscapes.
Part one covers 22.3 miles
and commences Saturday 18th February with a planned start at 8-9am at
Overton Hill. At the half way (11 mile) mark there will a lunch stop,
and for those who want to, this is also an alternative start for the last 11 miles so then everyone can finish together. Family, friends & pets are welcome! If you would like to sponsor the event, please use our this Virgin Money Giving page event link. If you would like to take part in the walk please reply to this email (email@example.com).
For those who are interested, we will provide more information such as
grid references/post codes, and we would encourage Ridgeline supporters
to lift share for the event. If you would like to take part, but do not
feel up to the full distances planned, please let us know also.
Bottomline Zapper Challenge – CDs / DVDs / Books
Bottomline Technologies are collecting unwanted items including CDs, DVDs, Books and Games in January. They are then holding a sale of these items in February, with all proceeds going towards our new building fund. Any items that are unsold will then be shipped to the website Zapper who will buy our remaining stock (at a lower price). We would like to encourage all Ridgeline supporters to donate any unwanted items for this sale. Any items in reasonable condition are gladly accepted. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any items you can donate.
We now have paths at the garden!
A few weeks ago local contractor Smallwoods came onto the garden to install the first phase of Hannah Genders’ garden design plan – we now have a path running around the garden!
The material used for the paths is a self-grading material called “Hoggin”. As the paths have been installed in the wet conditions associated with winter, the paths will harden as we approach the warmer, drier weather. The paths represent a big move forward for Ridgeline as we approach being fully accessible to wheelchair users and others.