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..
2 months ago
The 20 planter boxes in Church Street are looking great at the moment. GLOBE volunteers have cared for these planters for several years. We hope to be able to carry out some maintenance on the deteriorating woodwork later in the year. Meanwhile, the shrubs are in flower and really brighten up the centre of Caversham. ... See MoreSee Less
Thanks to all at Caversham Globe. Looks great 🎉🎉
Lovely! Gladdens the heart to see well cared for community areas. Big thanks to the Globe volunteers for their efforts 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
Looking wonderful. So proud of Caversham GLOBE.
keep up the good work you lovely people!
A massive thank you to all of the residents who came out to support Caversham Globe and Plastic Free Caversham to clean up Christchurch Meadows, Hill's Meadow and View Island this morning. At least 40 bags of rubbish were collected ! ... See MoreSee Less
Well done one and all
Have you seen this video entitled 'A new type of river management is coming'? It's made in partnership with the Environment Agency (EA). Shouldn't the Caversham Flood scheme EA team be applying these approaches? e.g. keep 'wiggles' in river instead of straightening it with that conveyancing channel, slowing the flow instead of speeding it up? youtu.be/21YAP8RF_sw ... See MoreSee Less
I think that’s how the river used to be. It certainly had bigger water meadows 400 years ago.
Join the Woodland Improvement Team tomorrow (Tues 11th) for some tree planting at Bugs Bottom in Caversham. Meet by the main entrance off Hunter's Chase for 10am. We've got 300-350 native tree species trees to plant!
Follow the link for more details:
#JoinInFeelGood Reading Council ... See MoreSee Less
GLOBE supporters have been busy planting up a gap in the hedge at the Grove Road allotments and smaller gaps along the edge of Emmer Green Recreation ground. Thanks to help from several local residents as well as EGRA and The Conservation Volunteers. ... See MoreSee Less
Fantastic work Globe! Thank you so much from the Emmer Green residents 👍
Missing you guys and girls x
Thank you 🙏I have been waiting for the council to do this after a guy drove through the hedge a couple of years ago. ⚠️
6 months ago
Great work by the Econet Conservation Volunteers who have completed the hedglaying at Balmore Walk this week ... See MoreSee Less
It looks wonderful. Thank you all.
It looks really good
8 months ago
Golf Club and Redrow run roughshod over community wishes
KEG has learnt with regret, but not surprise, that Reading Golf Club, with developers Redrow Homes, plan to submit a planning application to build on the WHOLE of the land within Reading Borough Council.
They have blatantly chosen to disregard Reading's Local Plan and the careful consultation that took place with local people.
KEG has been accused of scaremongering but our worst fears appear to be coming true. This application will almost inevitably be followed by another to build on the land within South Oxfordshire once the opportunity arises.
KEG will fight vigorously any application to build on the Golf course land because of the potentially harmful effects on local residents from pollution and traffic congestion as well as the loss of valuable and irreplaceable green space, woodland and wildlife habitat.
PLEASE SUPPORT US NOW - join our campaign to
KEEP EMMER GREEN and fight the developers. ... See MoreSee Less
RBC will say yes to any development
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.
10 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
Bigger bins required over the August bank holiday
Well the Balmore Park bins are emptied on a daily basis, very impressed
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?
Maybe instead of taking a picture clear up some of the rubbish? Is everyone filled a bag it would soon be gone 😁
Absolutely disgraceful. RBC and the festival organisers are happy to make money off the festival but aren’t prepared to look after the town.
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
Somebody had definitely cleared it up when I was there-around 5.30 today
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.
Emmer green park bins not emptied I filmed rats jumping in and out of the bins also the wasp problem is also terrible.
This will give the rat population a boost
RBC never empties litter bins in Caversham year-round until long after they're overflowing 😡
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.
11 months ago
5 things the soya industry doesn't want you to know ... See MoreSee Less
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
Nice bin but shame about the service that empties it!!! Let me guess funding cut backs!
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
If you can’t get your litter in the bin TAKE IT HOME!
Look at all that recycling that someone thinks is rubbish, and has now become litter ☹️
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
Hi, I was thinking of starting a Cleanup Caversham initiative, but really glad there's already people doing this. Great stuff. When is the next cleanup planned for?
Thank you everyone x
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
Thank you very much
Amazing, self-less work. Thank you.
Thank you very much. Making parks safer and cleaner for us all to enjoy. 😍
That's my Mum and Dad!
thank you 🙂
Thank you very much.
Well done mum and dad! Paul Goddard
Thank you so much
Thankyou everyone. X
Well done guys. Sorry I couldn’t help today. My stint tomorrow 👍
Thank you all
Well done everyone ...great job 👏
Well done you guys.
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.
This is what’s been done at Mapledurham playing by RBC and the Heights school
Who commissioned this? I’m not sure who EA are. I’ve never been good st acronyms. Whoever it is should be environmentally aware.
Outraged too? Elisa Del Galdo Miles
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.
That is outrageous, Environment Agency what have you got to say? Please stop & explain!!!
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 👍