The Weller Centre Community Garden 

Amersham Road, Caversham, RG4 5NA

The garden is open at the following times:

Sunday: 3:30 -4:30 - Family session 

Thursday: 1:45 – 2:45 pm – Family session 

Thursday: 4:00 – 5:00 pm – ‘Afterschool Little Bees’ for under 9 yr. old – lots of art and craft activities – bookings required

For more information and to register please email queenesh@risc.org.uk 

If you have your own gardening gloves please bring these with you.

Project Tutor: Queenesh D'Silva

History

The Weller Centre is based on the Amersham Road estate in Lower Caversham. There is a small area of land to one side, which had become overgrown and rarely used.

Since March 2011, food4families has been working with various community groups and with families and young children, who use the neighbouring Caversham Children’s Centre, to create a food-growing garden. Much of the initial hard work was done by the youth group at the Community Centre. We have also had help and support from corporate volunteer groups.  There are now several raised beds, some fruit trees and a pergola, with plans for a brick barbeque.                            

With the help of volunteers, we have now installed a 15,000 litre waterbutt.

In this past year it has been amazing to have a few new beds done in partnership with TCV. Our veg is really flourishing and standing upright with pride. Our crazy potato bed seems to be overflowing. We had a lot of raspberry, strawberry, loganberry and currant harvest this year.

 

Little Bees After School Club 

  

    

  

    

 

Our 'Little Bees Club'  for is full of garden games and activities. Children enjoyed bug hunting, fruit and plant spotting, using sticks and autumn leaves to make different creative arts and prints, clay modelling, planting a plant and learning about parts of plants, singing garden songs, painting and identifying various fruits and plants and much much more. Through these activities, children learn lots of new skills including -

  • Responsibility – from caring for plants
  • Understanding – as they learn about cause and effect (for example, plants die without water, weeds compete with plants)
  • Self-confidence 
  • Love of nature – a chance to learn about the outdoor environment in a safe and pleasant place. Also,  realize how important it is to care for nature and wildlife
  • Creativity – finding new and exciting ways to grow food
  • Nutrition – learning about where fresh food comes from.

 

 

 

  

 

 

Our well flourishing beds

  

 

Our First Harvest 

             

      

                Our New Sensory Bed for children and Pollinators Bed is finally ready

   

We would be very welcoming to any more members of the community, who come along and see what we do.If you would like to find out more about the project please contact us.