Current Project

  • At the end of 2019 the founders of BIG were approached by the committee of the Aisha Mosque and Islamic Centre in Reading, Berkshire, to help transform the overgrown natural area surrounding the building. Work commenced in February 2020.

    Our aims with this project are to clean up and restore a space that has become neglected, turning it into an area both of functionality, growing edibles, and of beauty. The direction of our work has been guided by feedback we have received from Dave, a member of RISC, for whose expertise and support we are deeply grateful.

    It is our hope that this will become a garden which can be enjoyed by all members of the local community in the years to come, irrespective of their faiths and beliefs.

Plants available for sponsor

If you would like to sponsor any of the following, do get in touch using the details at the bottom of the page. Prices are available on request.

  • Charlotte Russe mulberry
  • Elaeagnus Ebbingei x30
  • Karaka Black blackberry
  • Reuben blackberry
  • Herbert blackberry x2
  • Goji berry
  • Viking chokeberry
  • Thornless boysenberry
  • Patriot blueberry
  • Whinham's gooseberry
  • Invicta gooseberry
  • Jostaberry
  • Thornless loganberry

Drop-in sessions

Tuesdays, 13:30 - 15:00: women's only group

Thursdays, 10:30 - 12:00: 18+ only group

Fridays: uni students only

Saturdays: family bubbles only

Sundays, 13:45 - 15:12: male-only group

A BIG thank you to the groups who have planted bushes...

Fairtrade, NHS Berkshire, One Nation, Peace by Peace, Boswell Tree Surgeons, JS Arborcraft, Reading Community Learning Centre, That's Thames TV, Reading Mutual, Reading Refugee Support, Reading Red Boxing, Maiden Erlegh School, Ladies Networking Forum, Berkshire Women's Aid, Reading Eastern African Community, My Smile Foundation, The Zambia Society, and the Berkshire Muslim Arab Community Association!

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Contact details

0118 391 5515  (Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm)

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