GLOBE is for people who care passionately about our local environment.
- working to improve and protect green spaces for the benefit of wildlife and local residents.
- taking practical action on the ground as well as influencing policy and planning decisions.
Our activities include:
- Practical events such as tree and hedge planting, rubbish clearance, graffiti removal and walks.
- Encouraging Councillors and Council Officers to take action to improve the local environment.
- Monitoring and commenting on planning applications and consultations on issues such as landscaping, flood risk, wildlife conservation, light pollution and visual impact.
- Working with other local community, residents and conservation groups to further common aims.
- Refubishing and planting the 22 wooden planter boxes in Central Caversham
Caversham GLOBE works in all parts of Reading Borough north of the Thames as well as adjoining areas along the riverside and into South Oxfordshire. We are an independent community-based group funded by donations. We are one of several GLOBE groups set up in Reading in the mid-1990s following the Rio Earth Summit.
GLOBE Meetings & Mailing List
We meet each month to talk about local issues and make decisions (see Diary page for dates). Anyone is welcome to the meetings which are held in the upstairs hall at: Church House, 59 Church Street, Caversham RG4 8AX (by Prospect Street mini roundabout) Click here to open Map in New window. To be added to our mailing list please email, phone or write with your contact details and areas of interest. (see Contacts page). We have no annual subscription, all we ask is for your interest, support, ideas, expertise and energy.
Caversham GLOBE oppose EA planned Flood scheme of Walls and Bunds – Asking for natural Flood defences – read more..
4 weeks ago
Vastern Road Development - just in case you missed this:
There is a public exhibition of "emerging proposals to redevelop the Station Shopping Park on Vastern Road"
Wednesday 25 & Thursday 26 3 pm - 8 pm Crowne Plaza Hotel, Caversham Bridge. ... See MoreSee Less
Worth noting that part of this problem in Reading is due to bins overflowing, animals/birds rummaging through bins or very windy weather. Once the litter is outside the bin it often does not get collected and then can blow into the rivers. A redesign of the bins or larger bins could go a long way to solving this. Also by Clearwater House I noticed a lot of festival rubbish was not cleared up after the Bank Holiday and subsequently blew into the river.
2 months ago
This was the shocking state of St Martins Precinct this afternoon. The bins have not been emptied since last week and the whole area is strewn with litter and flies buzzing around disgarded food. Yesterday volunteers from Caversham GLOBE cleaned up the precinct but today it was too much so we called Reading Borough Council's Festival Hotline, only to be told that RBC would not be cleaning it as the precinct is private property. That may be so, but in previous years RBC have cleared litter from the precinct if not emptied the precinct bins. After all, RBC are paid by Festival Republic to keep the whole area clean during the Festival. However if its the responsibility of the precinct's Managing Agents then they need to make provision for extra cleaning over Reading Festival .... ... See MoreSee Less
There are plenty of bins outside of the precinct. Why can’t young people show some sense of responsibility and respect for the environment and use them.
Well the Balmore Park bins are emptied on a daily basis, very impressed
During the festival weekend, RBC have enough to do without having to also take care of private property. It would be like Tesco opposite expect RBC to clean their forecourt etc The property owners and business should look after it. They make a fortune from this event.
The precinct make alot of money from the festival aswell, if its private property then its not really up to RBC, large wheely bins would have been a good way to ensure less litter on the floors i think maybe we should all make suggestions to the appropriate people for the future so something is actually done about this
Absolutely disgraceful. RBC and the festival organisers are happy to make money off the festival but aren’t prepared to look after the town.
Maybe instead of taking a picture clear up some of the rubbish? Is everyone filled a bag it would soon be gone 😁
Either RBC or the Festival must be responsible. They just need to work out between them which of them it is. Maybe it’s feedback for next year that they need to provide some extra large wheelybins for the precinct like the ones along Church St?
RBC never empties litter bins in Caversham year-round until long after they're overflowing 😡
Emmer green park bins not emptied I filmed rats jumping in and out of the bins also the wasp problem is also terrible.
Bigger bins required over the August bank holiday
Somebody had definitely cleared it up when I was there-around 5.30 today
This will give the rat population a boost
3 months ago
Caversham GLOBE Monthly Meeting 23 July 7 pm
Church House, Church Street, Caversham. All supporters and local residents warmly welcome. ... See MoreSee Less
The Thames needs your support, please take a minute to contact Matt Rodda MPSHOCKING: Every river we tested across the UK contains plastic and one river, the River Mersey, has proportionally more plastic than the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Is your MP doing ANYTHING about it? Tell them to act here: act.gp/2WSaS9E ... See MoreSee Less
Tuesday 25th June Monthly Meeting, 8pm , Church House, Church Street, Caversham
This month’s meeting will follow on from the AGM, which starts at 7pm. As always, all supporters and residents are warmly welcomed. In the light of RBC declaring a Climate Emergency, setting up a new cleaner air and safer transport forum and the consultation on the Local Transport Plan it is essential that we engage in all these opportunities and keep the air quality issues in Caversham high up the agenda.
The more support we have, the harder we are to ignore. ... See MoreSee Less
All residents are welcome to come to the Annual General Meeting of Caversham GLOBE group will take place on Tuesday 25 June at 7 pm in Church House Church Street Caversham, RG4 8AX. This meeting will be followed by our monthly meeting.
Much has changed since the early days of the GLOBE groups in Reading in the mid-1990s. In the current challenging times the group continues to make a difference locally due to a core group of activists and the continued support of interested residents but there are challenges ahead. How will you help safeguard our environment? The AGM is an opportunity to take stock of 2018 and to strengthen the resolve of the GLOBE group to continue its valuable work. Please come. ... See MoreSee Less
Please take the time to read these for information,inspiration and hopefully ACTION! The GLOBE group needs more active supporters if "north Reading" as we're being referred to by some, is not to be spoiled by actions of thoughtless outsiders. Only last week a 200+ yr old veteran pollarded willow tree was inexplicably uprooted and destroyed by RBC workers on Christchurch Meadows. Additionally we have plastics and antibiotics in our water courses,litter in places, destruction of habitats, climate emergency, removal of 100s of trees in our Thames parks for the EA's questionable flood defences, poisonous air about which nothing much is being done, pollinators and birds disappearing, thousands more homes in central Reading, the list goes on.
Food for thought maybe, but hopefully ACTION too?Somebody has got to do it, so please don't leave it to anybody because nobody may do it...........
readingcan.org.uk/events/event/third-reading-climate-strategy-launch-event ... See MoreSee Less
RBC is distroying nesting sites in the breeding season did the workmen check if the tree had nests before it was ripped from the ground?
Not all litter in rivers is thrown by people - some gets there when bins aren't emptied! IF you care about issues like this or the antibiotics pollution issue see
www.theguardian.com/society/2019/may/27/worlds-rivers-awash-with-dangerous-levels-of-antibiotics , or you're wondering about the climate emergency, you could make a difference by joining with like minded residents - Caversham GLOBE meets tonight Tuesday 28 May 7 pm see our previous post for more details of agenda and venue. ... See MoreSee Less
Look at all that recycling that someone thinks is rubbish, and has now become litter ☹️
Some parks have signs ‘Take your rubbish and recycling home’ I wonder if RBC should do this as often I see the bins in sandy park over flowing at weekends xxx
Nice bin but shame about the service that empties it!!! Let me guess funding cut backs!
If you can’t get your litter in the bin TAKE IT HOME!
6 months ago
Please note that there will not be a monthly meeting of the group on 23 April. During past four weeks we've planted more hedging on Christchurch Meadows, done litter clearing of Thames Parks where we removed more than 40 sacks of litter, over 200 glass bottles and various fly-tipped items as part of #GBSpringClean. Some of the group have been in discussions/correspondence with EA officials and the CABFAS campaign about the flood defence proposals: also a consultation briefing with a developer determined to obtain planning permission for building on some of our precious local green space. We continue dialogue with various RBC officers on other matters of concern within the remit of our group, for example landscaping in a part of Hill's Meadow and removal of graffiti. GLOBE activists try to make a difference locally and there is always more than each of us can strive to achieve that might in some small way contribute to resolving worldwide environmental issues such as climate change, air pollution and plastics contamination etc. Please contact the group if you have ideas or suggestions about any aspect of our local environment. The next monthly meeting of the group is due on Tuesday May 28. Thanks. ... See MoreSee Less
7 Caversham GLOBE supporters and 1 member of the Bell Tower Community Association invested their time and energy on Saturday 6 April to clean up around Caversham bridge, Richfield Avenue green margins and adjacent playing fields and hedgerows for the benefit of our environment and other residents as part of our contribution to #GBSpringclean initiated by the Keep Britain Tidy campaign. Being tidy is nowhere in the consciousness of the inconsiderate people who dumped 24 sacks of food containers, drinks cans, plastic bags, bottles and cups, 104 glass bottles, various scrap metal, 30 drugs needles and miscellaneous plastic, electrical and wooden items. Although it's rewarding to have cleared all this rubbbish, because GLOBE and the Bell Tower Community Association cleared the area in April 2018, something is clearly amiss. See photos of our collection and some of our volunteers. Well done and thank you. 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
At our #GBSpringclean this morning 12 volunteers collected 22 sacks of rubbish, 90 glass bottles, a bicycle, a shopping trolley, scrap metal, 50 drugs needles and various items of litter from the Thames parks in Caversham. So that Hill's Meadow, View Island and Christchurch Meadows are much cleaner for a while. Thank you to all involved, some of whom are pictured here. We're at Richfield Avenue 10 am tomorrow, Saturday 6 April to do a similar clean up. ... See MoreSee Less
Well done mum and dad! Paul Goddard
Well done you guys.
Well done guys. Sorry I couldn’t help today. My stint tomorrow 👍
Thank you so much
Thank you very much. Making parks safer and cleaner for us all to enjoy. 😍
Well done everyone ...great job 👏
Amazing, self-less work. Thank you.
That's my Mum and Dad!
Thank you all
Thank you very much
Thank you very much.
Thank you. 🙂
Thankyou everyone. X
thank you 🙂
Our March monthly meeting will be on Tuesday 26 at 7 pm in the upstairs room at Church House, Church Street Caversham; all residents are welcome. Current issues include the Environment Agency's (EA) proposals for those drastic flood defences on the Thames parks. GLOBE has committed to working with the campaign for a better flood alleviation scheme (CABFAS), find on facebook or see their website. The EA's sub-contractors have caused much disturbance when cutting down wild margins and damaging some trees for access to ground survey sites, so much so that we have raised 3 formal complaints As yet there's no progress on the major issue of poor air quality that the group monitored throughout 2018 in central Caversham and has been raised with RBC. At our next meeting we'll be deciding on dates for a thorough litter pick (yet again!) of the Richfield Avenue green margins and another blitz along the Thames parks where thoughtless people continue dropping their litter. The work of the GLOBE group supporters needs time, commitment, energy and much more if we are to make progress on these vital local issues. Any suggestions, ideas and practical help will always be welcome please. ... See MoreSee Less
CALL TO ACTION: EA FLOOD SCHEME WORKERS HAVE CLEARED VAST AREAS OF SCRUB HABITAT AND TREES - NEAR MEADOW WAY - FURTHER CLEARANCE WORK SET TO CONTINUE MONDAY 4TH MARCH 2019!
On Tuesday morning (26 February) a team of 6 EA workers with heavy machinery – chainsaws, brush cutters and a tractor was seen clearing and flailing vast swathes of wildlife habitat in the fields south of Amersham Road (between Dean’s Farm RBC field, Meadow Way and Amersham Rd)
GLOBE understands from what the workers told a GLOBE key member that this clearance work is intended to continue all the way along the Berry Brook along around the southern perimeter of the Amersham road estate onwards towards Lowfield Farm.
Some of this land is in Reading and some of it is in South Oxfordshire.
The EA staff were flailing and clearing vegetation by machine in a way that would not enable them to see any nesting birds, reptiles, mammals etc.
Another issue is that such extensive clearance of vegetation will open up this area to potential Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB). These fields link the Amersham Road playing fields through to Deans Farm. ASB used to be an issue here until the entire area became covered in scrub and people stopped accessing it.
They are accessing the site from RBC parks land off The Causeway which leads to Deans Farm, and have damaged one of the whitebeam trees on the grass verge near the entrance (property of either RBC or Dean’s Farm).
The workers said that they had been instructed by the EA to clear the site in preparation for investigation work as part of the flooding scheme.
A formal EA complaint has been made. However, the EA expect to continue more clearing on Monday!
If you care about maintaining wildlife, greenery, your environment and preventing ASB, we ask that you contact your local representatives (EA, Councillors, MP's etc) to stop this damage. ... See MoreSee Less
Clair Drever, the EA stands for the Environment Agency
I’ve watched EA cutting away trees and scrub habitat at deans farm/meadow way area. Local family of deer always seen in there, as are muntjacs, foxes, and badgers. Hope this doesn’t disturb the wildlife.
Outraged too? Elisa Del Galdo Miles
That is outrageous, Environment Agency what have you got to say? Please stop & explain!!!
Who commissioned this? I’m not sure who EA are. I’ve never been good st acronyms. Whoever it is should be environmentally aware.
We recommend cutting hedges and trees is avoided between March and August as this is the main breeding season for nesting birds. It is an offence under Section 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981 to intentionally take, damage or destroy the nest of any wild bird while it is in use or being built.
This is what’s been done at Mapledurham playing by RBC and the Heights school
Local people will be welcome on Tuesday 26 February at 7.00 pm (refreshments available) to the monthly meeting of the Caversham GLOBE group in the upstairs hall in Church House, 59 Church Street, Caversham. RG4 8AX. Participating in the group's activities - see photos and posts - requires various skills, abilities and interests for the various campaigns in which we are active. We need more activists to invest their time, interest and energy for the benefit of local residents and our environment. If you or someone you know enjoys campaigning for change as well as doing practical tasks you'll be welcome to join in all aspects of our work to help keep Caversham a pleasant place to live. Come and contribute! Contact via email at [email protected] or Facebook message or ring 07768958407 or come to our meeting. ... See MoreSee Less
Planting verges in Reading for PollinatorsThere are various projects and campaigns underway across England to reduce the regular cutting of roadside verges and hence improve biodiversity. In particular, this is to increase flowering plants to encourage pollinators.
Whist some people would like to see longer verges, others find this “messy”. There is also an issue with litter being retained in long grass and with dog owners seeing this as an unmanaged area for use as a toilet.
In addition, there is a problem with grass mowings. If the grass is left long, then annual cutting may be done with strimmers or flail mowers, depending upon the width. Removing the cuttings is a separate job with additional expense. It is rarely done. Long grass left on roadside verges is unsightly and, more importantly, tends to shade out some of the flowering plants and encourage the “thugs” to the detriment of the wider range of plants that encourage diversity of insects.
Keeping longer roadside verges to benefit wildlife is not a simple or cost-neutral activity for the council to achieve.
This pilot project is taking a different approach. We want to find out whether we can incorporate low flowering plants within roadside verges, let the council continue with its current mowing regime leaving the short mowings in situ, keep residents happy, and still improve the habitat for pollinators. If successful, then this is something that can be rolled out across urban areas without a maintenance cost for councils and the Reading Climate Change Partnership, funding the project, will work to encourage companies in the area to sponsor further plantings.
Many low-growing flowering plants, such as clovers, bird’s foot trefoil and ladies bedstraw, will flower at very low height above ground, and will cope with fairly close mowing to flower a second or third time. For a number of pollinators, a flower at 6cm above the ground is just as good as one at a metre. Naturally, the close mown grass does not offer nesting sites and does not suit some hoverflies, butterflies and bee species that prefer to be further off the ground, but it may be a partial solution for urban areas.
We know that some plants will cope with close mowing and still flower. These are the ones being grown for the research. What we don’t know is:
Can we provide pollen and nectar through the summer with a selection of plants?
Will plant A grow at the expense of plant B and reduce the variety over time? (for example, yarrow with outgrow almost everything)
If we can’t maintain a continuum of flowering, can we provide food for insects early in the year, during the June dearth of flowers in gardens, and at the end of the summer?
Is the standard grass in the grass verge too strong to allow plug plants to establish? (we may do a follow up planting of larger swatches of flowering plants plus fine grasses to see whether there is a better system)
That’s the plan; this is what we’d like you to do.
Identify an area of roadside verge outside your house, or on the way home from work; somewhere near enough to visit weekly without stress. The plot needs to be more than three metres by 1 metre in size without a junction box, telegraph pole, large tree with root system or other things that interfere with mowing practices. It also needs to be somewhere where people do not park on the roadside verge and cut it up or shade it out.
Be willing to:
Receive a tray of plug plants to put into your patch in February/March. Maximum number to plant in a patch would be 27 (3 square metre plot), minimum 18 ( 2square metre plot) No problem in taking on several patches close together..
Plant the plugs at a rate of 9/square metre and water them in.
If we have no rain during the first month, water the plug plants
Have a look, preferably once a week, and fill in the data form showing a) Which plants are still alive? b) Which plants are in flower? c) Are you seeing insects on the flowers of different plants? (this is at the level of bees, flies, hoverflies, butterflies or moths; you do not need to identify specific species.) d) Was the grass mown by the council this week.
Tell us when you are going on holiday for more than two weeks or get fed up with the survey, so that we can get someone to continue the record
Tell us if the plot is looking spectacular and full of insects so that we come to identify them and take photos (or do this yourself)
We intend to have a couple of specific planting days where conservation volunteers would be around to help with the planting, but can’t promise help to all.
Interested? then send an email or phone call to tricia on [email protected] 0118 9268341 and I will arrange to come and see you to look at the plot and chat further.
We need to find a mixture of sunny sites, shady sites, chalky sites etc to work out what works best where, and I also need to be sure that the council, gas board, water authority etc do not have plans to dig up the street and park machinery on the verge. I haven’t got this information yet although Reading Council is on the case.
This project is funded by the Reading Climate Action Network and implemented through ECONET ... See MoreSee Less
Great initiative 👍
Here is an opportunity to help improve grass verges in our area with wildlife friendly planting ... See MoreSee Less
Caversham GLOBE is feeling accomplished.
9 months ago
On Monday 28 January 10 supporters of Caversham GLOBE group were busy litter picking Christchurch Meadows yet again. Where does it all come from and who puts it there? 16 sacksful and a lot of bulky flytipped items. They were also planting more hedging along the north field eastern boundary that will eventually help to hide the laundry fence and provide more wildlife habitat. A big thank you to those GLOBE activists who organised and carried out this valued work. ... See MoreSee Less
Well done. I would like to help if you need volunteers on a Saturday, otherwise working full time takes precedence.
Thank you and for painting and fixing the planters on Church Road too
Thanks so much 👍👍
Thank you. Great work, especially in this cold weather
Great work😀😀 well done. Can you post any minutes from the meeting you all had the other night
Hello to all GLOBE supporters. On Monday 28 January we will be planting some hedging and carrying out some maintenance including litter picking and rubbish clearance in Christchurch Meadows. This should be for about 2 hours from 10 am. All will be welcome. We have litter picking tools and sacks. We also have various pairs of protective gloves, though most people prefer their own.
Obviously, the right clothing and footwear is essential and if you have your own secateurs, border fork/spade or similar they'd be useful.
Meeting point by 10 am is opposite Westfield Rec by the entrance to north field of Christchurch Meadows on Gosbrook Road RG4 8BU.
To give an idea of numbers attending please let us know if you will be attending. ... See MoreSee Less
I'll be there
Residents will be welcome on Tuesday 22 January at 7.00 pm (refreshments available) to the first 2019 meeting of the Caversham GLOBE group in the upstairs hall in Church House, 59 Church Street, Caversham. RG4 8AX. GLOBE supporters are currently investing their time, interest and energy for the benefit of local residents by highlighting the poor air quality in central Caversham, monitoring local building plans, questioning aspects of the flood defences that will controversially change our riverside forever, working to keep our green spaces clean. We'll be hedge planting next month. We welcome more activists to join in all aspects of our work to keep Caversham a pleasant place to live. Come and contribute! Contact via email at [email protected] or Facebook message or ring 07768958407 or come to our meeting. ... See MoreSee Less
During the past 25 years Caversham GLOBE volunteers led by a small group of enthusiasts have achieved alot for the benefit of the wider community. 20 years ago a small hazel sapling was planted in Balmore Walk. That tree has been giving passers-by a lovely display of catkins. Currently pictured, the male blossoms are obvious but where do the fruits appear? You'll have to pause and admire that natural wonder more closely to see the small red female flowers also pictured. Clever? Yes but not such a wonder of nature as those trees like the yew, holly and many more whose male and female flowers grow on separate trees! ... See MoreSee Less
Caversham GLOBE shared a post.
9 months ago
Reading Golf Club site REJECTED from South Oxfordshire's plan for strategic development!
KEG has just learnt that the large part of the Reading Golf Club site which is located in South Oxfordshire (28 ha) has been firmly rejected from their stategic development plan. It will NOT be considered for further assessment for development. The plan is for the period up to 2034!
It's definitely a Happy New Year! Thank you for your support! Let's keep up the pressure in 2019 to KEEP EMMER GREEN! ... See MoreSee Less
10 months ago
Good news for SOAR (Save Our Ancient Riverside) campaign and for Caversham GLOBE supporters who objected to this development. WOKINGHAM councillors again refused the planning application for the controversial east Reading Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) public transport link over the River Kennet mouth along the River Thames. The original application was refused by Wokingham Council in June due to concerns with the scheme’s environmental impact and its viability as a mass rapid transit scheme. On December 12 Wokingham council’s planning committee refused an amended scheme, which had been submitted to Wokingham by Reading Borough Council because there was not a “sufficient change” in the proposals. Councillor Carl Doran moved a motion to refuse the application after saying: "I'm the only Labour member on this committee and I am embarrassed that this has been brought back with so little changed. There's no support out there for this really. It is all objection. We must not let Reading Borough Council make us look like idiots.”
The new application for the public transport link, which would have been used by buses, cyclists and pedestrians between Thames Valley Business Park and Napier Road, outlined changes to the scheme including a camouflage addition, in which “planters containing ivy, or a similar plant,” would provide a “greening of the structure”. This failed to convince the majority of the planning committee as six councillors voted to refuse the scheme, one more than when the application was refused in June. ... See MoreSee Less
11 months ago
Further to earlier post showing link to Enviroment Agency, here are copies of leaflet issued to selected homes by the EA. ... See MoreSee Less
We must object to thees proposals. They are based on the 1947 flood event when snow melt couldn't enter the frozen River Thames - these conditions are unlikely to occur because we no longer have those conditions & much has changed on the river since then. 3-4 kms of walls will destroy all the trees & natural habitats & will change Caversham for ever.