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East Garston Eco Group (EGEG)

EGEG has been recently set up to research and share practical information about ecologically-aware choices in our local area.

If you would like to get involved in environmental projects in the village, EGEG would love to hear from you.

Contact us at ecoeastgarston@gmail.com or 07768 981 658 (Penny Locke)

This is an ongoing and growing project to which we invite any resident of the Parish to join. Here is a summary of activities and achievements to date by the founding group. 

Helping East Garston residents make ecologically aware choices.

We have produced an information sheet, distributed by the Parish Council and with support from East Garston Amenities, about local options to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. We are continuing to promote this information with posters in the local area, public talks and a hands-on recycling display.

We are helping with gaps in local recycling by collecting aluminium foil (scrunched up, with food cleaned off), ink cartridges, pens and toothpaste tubes. These can be left in the metal box by the entrance to the driveway at Hillsprings in Front Street. (RG17 7HW)

We are also encouraging residents to share trips to the Mini-recycling centres (at either Hungerford or Thatcham and the Household Waste Recycling Centre in Newbury (aka The Tip).

We plan to extend the options for keeping items out of landfill or incinerators, such as table-top sales and clothes swaps, alongside the well-established village Repair Cafes.

Finally, we are working with West Berkshire Council to provide a better range of local recycling banks.

Regenerating village open spaces for wildlife.

We worked with Action for the River Kennet volunteers to plant hundreds of flag iris, purple loosestrife and marsh marigolds along the riverbanks in February 2022 to create a habitat for wildlife and food for pollinators. The first flowers of Marsh Marigold appeared in May 2022. The others are growing well and will hopefully flower later in the year.

With the permission of East Garston Parish Council, EGEG will be planting a 60 metre section of hedge which is currently fenced on the Millenium Field boundary. If you would like to help plant the whips (which are being supplied by the Woodland Trust in November) please email ecoeastgarston@gmail.com and we will get back you when we have a date confirmed.
If you would like to donate any native saplings growing in your garden please also email ecoeastgarston@gmail.com. If you are not sure of the species please send us a photo (while the leaves are still on!).

It is an open, sunny location which should provide an ideal habitat for a range of insects, including butterflies, beetles and bees, which will in turn support small mammals, such as hedgehogs and bats.

In addition, we are applying for a grant for seating and information boards in this area