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‘Greening Ryde’ Volunteer Initiative

‘Greening Ryde’ Volunteer Initiative

Long neglected flower beds in Market Square, Ryde, temporarily replanted by volunteers last year, were finally given the required makeover through the efforts of volunteers and local organisations.

Three Tons of ‘homemade’ compost donated by the team from Osborne House and 50 bags of peat free top dressing was given by the Co-op. Pollinator friendly plants from ‘The Coastal Gardener’ sponsored by Ryde Town Council were also donated, along with bedding plants from landscape maintenance contractor, John O’Connor. The volunteers themselves brought along plants and provided the materials necessary for the transformation of this busy thoroughfare, between the car park and the square.

Staff from John O’Connor and IOW Council parks section, with volunteers from Vernon Square Conservation Society and The Ryde Society, cleared and prepared the beds for planting. Then, assisted by staff from the Co-op, took on the task of planting up the brick-built beds, lining the pathway. Through their hard work and enthusiasm, which was kept going with refreshments thoughtfully provided by the nearby café ‘ Crepe Lovers’, a once neglected and rubbish strewn corner of Ryde has been transformed into a ‘horticultural delight’ full of colour, foliage and plants attractive to wildlife. All who took part generously gave their time and effort for free, as a contribution to ‘Greening Ryde’.

A few of those who were involved in the initiative commented:

“Delighted to see the efforts of volunteers and stakeholders in transforming a once overgrown and forgotten piece of Ryde’s Market Square into a lovely and attractive garden. This is a good example of what could happen across Ryde, everyone working together to make our town more beautiful and greener.” Cllr. Michael Lilley, Mayor, Ryde.

“Greening Ryde is a fantastic project, and as members of Vernon Square Conservation Society we have enjoyed volunteering to help with the preparation and planting of the Co-op flower beds in Town Square.” Lynn Jones, Chair, Vernon Square Conservation Society.

“Fantastic to see the collaboration of local groups and businesses to beautify these neglected and overlooked flower beds. Well done to all volunteers for bringing some sunshine to this formerly dreary thoroughfare.”  Helen Keogan, Chair, The Ryde Society

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