Green Living

Community Gardens

Community Garden projects are organised by many different groups and organisations.  They provide social, health and environmental benefits. The following are some to contact to find out more:
MERL (University of Reading) community gardens project
RISC Roof Garden, Permaculture and Food4Families, Reading Food Growing Network
Maidenhead Grows Community Garden

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Refill and Eco Hubs

There’s been a recent boom in small businesses setting up mobile ‘refill’ hubs selling everything from loose dried pulses and other edible goods, to eco cleaning and household products and personal toiletries. The aim is to avoid buying ‘big brand’ names, plastic reduction, and, by buying loose, avoid overpackaging. There’s probably one that visits your neighbourhood or local market. Some to look out for are:
Arborfill (Arborfield, Binfield, Crowthorne, Swallowfield, Wokingham)
Filling Good (Maidenhead shop) and Clean Conscience (Holyport pop-up shop) for personal toiletries
Refill Hub (Maidenhead area)
RISC Global Refills shop (Reading)
Maya’s Refillables (Wokingham and Woodley)

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Repair Cafes

Repair cafes, run by volunteers, are the place to get your household items repaired.  Visit: https://repaircafe.org/en
Reading Repair Cafe
Maidenhead Repair Cafe is run from Maidenhead library

Lots of interesting ideas to be found at Green Skills Library

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Sustainability Groups

Sustainability Groups offer information and ideas on what you can do at a local level to live more sustainably. Contact the following:
Pangbourne & Whitchurch Sustainability Group: www.pawsg.com
Windsor & Maidenhead
Reading Sustainability Centre is currently “virtual” but is linking with partners on local projects.

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Sources of Information

www.greenchoices.org has lots of ideas on how to make ecologically sound lifestyle choices from cars to food, holidays to washing. Another website is www.bynature.co.uk which offers a wide selection of organic and ethical products and brings inspiration for a green lifestyle in the 21st Century.  See the online shoppers guide at The Ethical Consumer.  
For sourcing reclaimed timber and recycled materials try www.salvo.co.uk

Allotments and Growers Groups

A private local iniative at Winkfield Carrot Patch has 30-40 plots available for rent, differing sizes available. Contact: Bryony at bryony@carrot-patch.co.uk  07739 752317 for further information.
More on allotment growing at www.allotment.org.uk
Maidenhead Veg Growers facebook group
Jealotts Hill Community Landshare, Bracknell
Grow your own herbs and veg in a small space with seeds and instructions supplied monthy by The Pot Gang

Connecting Communities in Berkshire

CCBerks is an independent charity with the aim to inspire and support action at a community level that improves people’s quality of life. CCB works across Berkshire with a particular focus on rural areas. 

They maintain a comprehensive list of Trusts, Foundations and Government sources of funding for projects with social, healthy living and environmental aims.

Berkshire Business Initiatives

Are you a Berkshire based business finding solutions to our throwaway and wasteful society? If so we’ll add you to our list below: 

Cookham based Sible Cups provide the answer to single-use cups. They are collapsible, portable and sustainable.

Order from Bisham Nest Box Group who make a range of garden bird and bat boxes and sell at cost only.

Travel

Cut down your environmental footprint by reducing air travel or opt for something nearer to home.  Get some tips from The Green Traveller