A joint project between Woodley Town Council, Woodley Town Centre Management Initiative and Wokingham Borough Council will see the end of the dangerous trip hazards surrounding the trees at the end Southern end of the Town Centre. For some time the participants have been considering ways to keep the trees and at the same time remove the potential trip hazards caused by their roots. Any solution should also have minimal impact on the events held in the Town Centre. After much discussion only one option emerged which satisfied both of these requirements.
The solution is to turn the area immediately surrounding these trees into a raised community garden thus removing the restrictions on their roots and providing a pleasant visual area. This area will have some form of retaining wall for the garden and the suitable options are either a low level brick wall or timber sleepers to provide a more natural feel. At either end of this new garden will be seating for visitors complete with a notice board in the same style as those in Woodford Park. Pedestrians will still be able to walk on either side of this new garden to get to the shops.
The actual content of the garden has yet to be decided with current thoughts of a school community garden, a variety of grasses or even the use of moss to absorb carbon from the atmosphere, or a mixture of uses. Whatever is chosen needs to be easy to maintain.
Click the link below to view the plan for the garden.
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