Green September 2022

Primary school pupils across West Berkshire are being asked to help name the new food waste collection vehicles.

Eight new vehicles will be joining the fleet ready for the new separate weekly collection of food waste, which starts from Monday 31 October.

The competition is being run through schools - and they're looking forward to seeing some fun suggestions to put a smile on residents' faces as they venture out across the district. 

Book tokens and family swim passes are up for grabs for the schools and pupils who submit winning entries!

Details of the competition and how to enter have been emailed directly to all primary schools within West Berkshire.

The competition closes on midnight at 25 September.

Details of the new food waste service can be found here:

West Berkshire Council has put together an online advice page to help households struggling with bills.

With the cost of living increasing, the Government’s new Help for Households website brings together 41 support schemes so that people can access all the help available in one place.

They want you to know that we’re on hand to help and have created a West Berkshire version that they hope will make it easier to source local support.

West Berkshire Council are providing free bus travel across West Berkshire to celebrate World Car Free Day on Thursday 22 September 2022.

Instead of driving, you could consider using the bus for work or school, or to see friends or family.

Buses are an environmentally friendly mode of transport, and they serve many areas of the district.

 Information about timetables can be found here and there are a variety of tickets available.

It includes their recently launched Group Ticket, which is valid for up to four people, great for days out as a family or with friends

Join in at GreenFest this Saturday! GreenFest is a free, fun day of sustainability solutions for all ages held across Hampstead Norreys.

It covers topics from transport, community action, nature, and many more. You can find us in the Climate Action and Community Zone, as well as the Transport Zone.

Cllr Steve Ardagh-Walter, Executive Member for Environment and Transformation, will also be speaking about our carbon neutral journey.

We’st Berkshire Council has also added extra bus services from Newbury to GreenFest to help visitors choose more sustainable transport.  

You can find out more on the Greenfest website

80% of plastic waste pollution passes through our rivers, streams and ditches on its way to the sea…Let’s Blitz it!

Between the 17-25 September we'll be supporting the PlasticBlitz campaign by Thames Rivers Trust, to clear up the harmful litter and plastic waste on land around our rivers and river catchment areas.

To register your litter picking group, school or community organisation, call Action River Kennet on 01672 512700.

West Berkshire Council can also provide litter kits on a first come first served basis - find out more here

This December, West Berkshire Council will be planting a new community orchard at the open space at Poplar Place in Newbury.

This is an exciting project that they hope will provide a wildlife friendly conservation area and a valuable community resource.

 Tree planting is also a valuable way to tackle climate change.

They would like to involve as many members of the local community as possible in the planting and maintaining of the orchard and hope that you can let them know what you think and help to spread the word.

They will be holding a community engagement event on Saturday 24th September 2022 from 10.30am – 12.30pm on site to explain more about the project.

Do go along and have a chat if you have any comments, or email our Countryside Officer Jo Watt

Their new inclusive play area at Poplar Place will be officially opened at 10am on Saturday 24th September.

Funded by the Council, the new multi play unit represents a castle, designed to inspire imaginative play.  

Whilst there will be a wide range of activities to suit children aged 2-8 years, emphasis has been placed on inclusivity for users with motor impairment.

There are ramps and risk and challenge elements to meet a variety of special educational needs. 

They hope to see you there!

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