5 December – World Soil Day

International world soil day – the day to make you want to be down on Waterloo Meadows allotments digging your plot. However after another wet November the ground is still too sodden for anything but some weeding and a bit of a tidy up.

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Waterloo Meadows cleaned up by volunteers

Volunteers helped Reading RESCUE (‘rivers and environmental spaces clean-up event’) and the Friends of Waterloo Meadows clean up Waterloo Meadows, off Elgar Road in Katesgrove, Reading on Saturday 13 October.

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Katesgrove, Whitley, Church and Redlands wards have £419,897 to spend

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is paid by developers or landowners on new developments and at least 15% of the money collected must be spent on local projects. Reading Borough Council (RBC) have agreed a way in which this money can be allocated that complies with government regulations and are now consulting with residents on which projects to prioritise.

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Whitethroats and I

by Adrian Lawson.

Whitethroat. Photo: Nikola Middlemast

If you see me at this time of year, I am usually not walking very fast – I am scanning the fields and bushes on my regular walks looking for the common whitethroat. From spring and through the summer there are quite a few of them scattered around Reading, skulking in bushes or patches of bramble, and singing their curious scratchy little song.

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Marina, pub and hotel proposed near Waterloo Meadows

Reading Borough Council (RBC) have proposed to enter into a development agreement with H20 Urban and the Canal and River Trust to build a 100 berth marina, hotel and pub on the A33 side of the Kennet opposite Waterloo Meadows, according to the Katesgrove Labour group.

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