The enthusiasm for 'Grow Your Own' has  been growing fast over recent years and in Southcote we are fortunate to have several community focused projects up and running. Locally four of these projects are overseen by Food4Families which is an educational and development project that is sponsored by Reading International Solidary Centre [RISC], which aims to get
families growing fruit and vegetables in their local communities.

Food4families projects:

Florian Community Allotment:
Florian AllotmentOpening Day      Florian Allotment     Florian Allotment

Location: the rear of Florian Gardens, RG30 3QG. Pedestrian access is just before flats 1-23 on your left as you walk from Coronation Sq towards the Granville Rd flats.
Session Times
You can come and learn how at the allotment at sessions run by a Food4Families gardener every
Wednesday 2 – 4pm
Saturday 10am – 12pm
Anyone can turn up and join in these sessions even if you are not a member.
If you are a resident of Southcote you can become a member of Florian Gardens Community Allotment.
Menbers will -
 have their own key for the pedestrian gate and tool shed  
be able to have a go at sowing, planting and maintaining a variety of vegetables, fruit and flowers.
be able to share in the harvest of vegetables, fruit and flowers.
be welcome to attend sessions run by the garden tutor on how to grow food.
be expected to get involved in the management and maintenance of the site by attending the AGM and workdays.
pay a 8 key deposit plus an annual membership fee.
Priority will be given to those residents without access to a garden of their own
Site Summary

In 2011 Food4Families secured funding from the Big Lottery Jubilee People’s Millions to transform a this abandoned piece of land in the centre of Southcote into a community allotment managed by local residents who want to grow their own fruit and vegetables.
There are 4 high level raised beds for those with mobility issues, a secure tool shed and tools, poly-tunnel and soft fruit cage.
Come along and find out more.

Southcote Children's Centre:
Southcote Children's Centre 

Coronation Sq, Southcote. RG30 3QP

Session Times
Under 5’s and their carers are welcome to join Southcote Garden Gang who meet in the garden at the back of the Community Centre every Tuesday from 1.30-2.30pm.  All the seeds, pots, compost and tools required are provided by Food4Families at these sessions. Children just need to turn up and get gardening!

Site Summary

Based at Coronation Square, the centre has been gardening with Food4Families since June 2009.The space at the back of the community hall has been transformed into a garden where families can start to learn about growing their own food. It is designed to be very child-friendly. As well as a small play area there are raised willow beds for food growing, lots of planting in a variety of containers, compost bins and water-butts harvesting rainwater. Some of the young people who use the centre have created a mural out of recycled materials to brighten up one of the walls.

Southcote Primary Community Allotment:

Southcote Primary      Southcote Primary

Silchester Road, Southcote RG30 3EJ
Session Times

Families and members of the local community are welcome to come along to tutor-led sessions every Wednesday from 3.15pm to 4.15pm. Anything harvested is shared out amongst those who attend. All tools and equipment provided.
Site summary

Food4Families have developed, with local families, a community allotment within the school grounds. The design includes fruit trees, raised beds, a seating area, shed and a polytunnel!
The garden is open to families from the school but also from the local community. Tools are available to everyone to use, including those working on their own plots. For families who wish to build up their know-how or confidence the community sessions are an ideal way to start.

Alan Place Community Allotment:
Alan Place is a Sanctuary Housing association property in Southcote on the border with West Reading. It houses 210 people with 42 families.  There is a very active residents' association APRA [Alan Place Residents Association], who have leased an adjacent piece of 32mx12m unused land from RBC housing.  Food4Families, APRA and volunteer groups from Thames Water & Wrigleys have created a community garden with shared raised beds and some beds available for families and individuals. The garden has an unusual design with beds in the shape of a flower with a herb circle in the centre - it attracts the attention of lots of people passing by!  Families from the flats have been very busy this spring sowing seeds and planting. Although we only started at the end of March 2010 we have lots of vegetables growing well already  -- potatoes, onions, carrots. peas, runner beans and pumpkins to name a few!. We also have strawberries already being picked and the herb circle planted for everyone to use. A potting shed has been built so we have somewhere dry to sow our seeds and grow them on. For sunny days we have made a pergola, which will also have a bench underneath.                                                     Sessions every Friday 2.30pm - 4.30pm.   

anor Primary School Gardening:
Location  110 Ashampstead Rd. Southcote Reading  RG30 3LJ


Southcote gardening group:

Location  Southcote library  Southcote Lane  Southcote  RG30 3BA
Session Times
Tuesdays 3pm. All ages welcome, no heavy digging involved.

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