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.
- Planning application for 260 properties on Reading Golf Club submittedOur friends at the ‘Keep Emmer Green’ (KEG) campaign have asked us to tell our members about the planning application […]
- Caversham GLOBE oppose EA planned Flood scheme of Walls and Bunds – Asking for natural Flood defencesThe Environment Agency has been running multiple consultations regarding a flood defence scheme based on heavy engineering of walls, bunds […]
Caversham GLOBE supports Plastic Free Caversham! We encourage businesses and residents to reduce their dependence on single-use plastic. ... See MoreSee Less
We (Caversham Globe) will be pleased to welcome Plastic Free Caversham this evening at Church House in Caversham. The meeting starts from 7.15pm in the upstairs hall.
They will be giving a short talk to explain their aims to encourage local businesses, groups and residents to reduce their use of single-use plastic: also their various activities.
The normal meeting will take place afterwards. ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you for hosting us and for your support for the campaign! It was great to meet everyone.
Great turnout for this morning's litterpick around Thames Prom!From record to record! An amazing 26 volunteers today with Keep Caversham Tidy and Caversham GLOBE to clean up around Waterman Cl and Thameside Promenade car park. And we are at 450 hours of volunteering litter pick since September!
#keepCavershamTidy #trashtag #trashdr
If you want to follow our activity, then like our page, www.facebook.com/Keep-Caversham-Tidy-101638949007744, and if you want to join us in our adventures, then join our group, www.facebook.com/groups/468823317580585. ... See MoreSee Less
Thanks to everyone who helped out on today's cleanup with Keep Caversham Tidy at Hills Meadow & George St, in collaboration with GLOBE around 30 sacks of litter collected in two hours ... See MoreSee Less
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Sad news about the felling of the veteran Bhutan Pine at Caversham Court Gardens.The Reading Borough Council Parks Team have confirmed with regret that the ailing Bhutan pine next to the Tea Kiosk will be felled on 11 February 2022. A replacement tree of the same species will be planted the same day, close to the site of the old one. We hope that the bark chippings from the old Bhutan pine may be used as a mulch for some of the other trees in the gardens which are currently showing signs of stress due to climate change and soil conditions.
The Bhutan pine (Pinus wallichiana) is a coniferous evergreen tree native to the Himalaya, Karakoram and Hindu Kush mountains, from eastern Afghanistan east across northern Pakistan and north west India to Yunnan in south west China. It grows in mountain valleys at altitudes of 1800 to 4300 m, reaching 30 to 50 m in height.
An important timber tree in the Himalayas, it is harvested on a commercial basis from both wild stands and plantations, producing high-quality, durable timber used in local carpentry and for making tea boxes. The Bhutan pine also has a range of traditional uses for food (pine nuts) and medicine (for example turpentine, used to cure respiratory problems). Used as firewood locally, it produces a lot of smoke because it is very resinous.
The Latin name comes from Dr Nathaniel Wallich (1786-1854), who was born in Copenhagen but spent many years exploring the botany of northern India and nearby areas. He introduced the seeds of this pine to England in 1827 and it became a fashionable specimen tree with its long needles and huge banana-shaped cones. Our tree was probably planted in the second half of the 19th century.
The sketch of our Bhutan pine was done by Hester Casey in 2020. ... See MoreSee Less
Objections to the latest planning application on Reading Golf Course need to be made by 11 January see the KEG web site (details below) for links or send comment direct to the RBC Planning Applications web site planning.reading.gov.uk/fastweb_PL/comment.asp?AltRef=211843&ApplicationNumber=211843 ... See MoreSee Less
Great turn-out today at our litter pick in Christchurch Meadow with Caversham GLOBE. We did a great job tidying up the canal ditch and the area by the bathroom building. Great to see so many new faces too!
#keepcavershamtidy #trashdr #keepcavershamtidy
Follow Keep Caversham Tidy on our public page, www.facebook.com/Keep-Caversham-Tidy-101638949007744, or join our Facebook group, www.facebook.com/groups/468823317580585, if you want to join us in our adventures across Caversham. ... See MoreSee Less
Grove Road hedge replanted!
The hedge bordering Emmer Green recreation ground along Grove Road had been in a sorry state for several years with gaps and sections of dieback. It needed urgent attention. Earlier this week a team of volunteers assisted by Reading Council's parks department, cleared the deteriorating sections of the hedge, which have now been replanted with new hedging. The mesh fence will help to protect the new saplings. More plants are on order to fill the remaining gaps.
The work was possible thanks to a grant which Caversham GLOBE received from Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment (TOE) to restore the hedge. Thanks to all volunteers and RBC staff who have helped with the project. ... See MoreSee Less
Well done Caversham GLOBE group and all those involved in replanting.
It was great to be able to help with this- such a happy thing to do!
Great job, guys!
Preparatory work on the hedge is starting tomorrow, with replanting week.Congratulations to Caversham GLOBE for securing funding from Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment (TOE) to help restore the hedge bounding the Emmer Green recreation ground along Grove Road.
Working alongside Reading Council starting this November, volunteers will be carrying out planting in this area. If you would like to volunteer, either with the planting, or follow up maintenance please contact rdguk.info/CavershamGlobe_libUe or [email protected] ... See MoreSee Less
Timeline photosWork to protect the row of landmark poplar trees along the eastern boundary of Christchurch Meadows will begin next week.
Many of the trees in this area are believed to be almost 40 years old and are coming to the end of their natural life (this species tend to live between 30 to 50 years). This type of tree is also prone to snapping, and given the size and location of these trees, they will need to be reduced to a safer height from their current height of 18-22m.
Since the majority of the trees are still healthy they will only be reduced to around 15m in height. The entire row has been successfully reduced to a similar height previously, so this is an appropriate height for them to begin regrowth again.
Although some of the older trees are beginning to fail, our succession planting for this line of trees, initiated over seven years ago, has taken into account the limited life span of these trees and planned ahead for the future. We added 34 new poplar trees in 2014 and the majority of these are growing well. We hope the new healthier trees will eventually become the dominant ones along the row.
We carried out similar work previously to a number of other poplars to the north of this area, which have now regrown.
Over the last decade, we have planted over 200 new trees every year, with the final total for the 2020-21 season reaching 351 – which exceeds the 330 trees planted during the Queen’s Jubilee year of 2012.
The tree planting has attempted to increase the diversity of the tree varieties across Reading – including trees ranging from oaks to rowans, and limes to pines. This is an important part of our new Tree Strategy – and a crucial step in its response to tackling the climate emergency. ... See MoreSee Less
Caversham GLOBE supports the residents of Nire Road who want this area of woodland, which is public land owned by RBC, but is currently sealed off by an ugly metal security fence, to be cleaned up and opened to local residents as a community woodland. Please sign their petition... ... See MoreSee Less
A litter pick across Rivermead / Richfield Ave organised by the Caversham RAYS group will take place on Saturday 3 July. We will meet at 10am by the Rivermead bottle banks in the car park near Caversham Bridge Garden Centre, and then walk along Richfield Avenue, part of Cow Lane, and around the Rivermead complex, finishing where we started. If you are interested in attending the event, please join the Caversham RAYS group and flag yourself as attending the event, or message directly the organiser Jacopo Lanzoni, either on Facebook or by email ([email protected]), so that the right number of litter picking kits can be prepared. ... See MoreSee Less
More than 15 bags of litter collected this morning by four Globe supporters. This is only part of our haul from George Street and the adjacent area of Hill's Meadow. #keepcavershamtidy ... See MoreSee Less
The 20 planter boxes cared for by GLOBE volunteers are really helping to brighten up the centre of Caversham at the moment! ... See MoreSee Less
Beautiful! A credit to your volunteers efforts 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
Laura Stentiford good bit of advertising there gal Paws 'n' Claws Pet Service Reading
RAYS (Reading Adopt Yours Street) will be having a dedicated litter picking week across Reading from 7th-13th June 2021. Volunteers are asked to pledge their time to litter pick either via the Keep Britain Tidy website - www.keepbritaintidy.org or by emailing [email protected]
#keepcavershamclean #keepcavershamtidy ... See MoreSee Less
Thanks to Friends of Clayfield Copse for setting up a self-guided tree trail around Clayfield Copse. It launches on Saturday 7th and runs until the end of November. Directional signs will be in place, starting from the car park. Come and get to know ten trees really well, each with its own story set out for you. Meet the 'lovers' tree, the 'Queen of the Woods' tree and the 'super carbon recycling' tree. Find out what wildlife likes which trees, which wood makes the best brooms and hear the sad story of our ash trees. More at www.econetreading.org.uk/ ... See MoreSee Less
An interesting local walk for lockdown! Enjoy!
Enjoy 🍂🍁💐 we want you all to be safe and hang around forever and a day 💓💖💓
The footpath over the weir will be closed during construction of the hydro which is now underway. View Island can still be accessed from Hill's Meadow.On Tuesday 6th October at 9am an exciting event is taking place with the start of civils construction at the Weir to create Reading Hydro. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped with the preparatory work to get the site ready for the contractors.
It does mean however that you will not be able to use the path from View Island to the weir as that is where the turbines are being installed. Please use the alternative route over Reading Bridge if walking from Lower Caversham into Reading.
We will update you on progress on the construction and thank you for your patience during this phase ... See MoreSee Less
A reminder from KEG that the deadline for objections is 25th SeptemberThe planning application for 260 houses at Reading Golf Club is the most objected to in Reading Borough - ever - with over 1000 objections! But we still need your help. This is the LAST weekend to make YOUR voice heard. Don't let Reading Golf Club take local residents for granted, and have your say.
Object by the 25th September:
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A great opportunity to be part of local community enterprise.We’re hiring! Go to our website for more details and an application form. ... See MoreSee Less
Keep Britain Tidy are organising a Great British Cleanup from 11-27 September. Caversham GLOBE hope to be able to support this with cleanup events locally in September, subject to social distancing guidelines etc. Dates and venues to be arranged. ... See MoreSee Less
Had a great time with the big Caversham tidy up we did back in (thinks)( Feb?) - would be great to be able to meet up and do this again.
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
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.
Thanks to all at Caversham Globe. Looks great 🎉🎉
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
Thank you 🙏I have been waiting for the council to do this after a guy drove through the hedge a couple of years ago. ⚠️
Fantastic work Globe! Thank you so much from the Emmer Green residents 👍
Missing you guys and girls x
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
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.