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 Richards, 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.
Plus many more coming in 2021.
Plant fruit trees
17 oak garden beds at various heights. Plant climbing soft fruit and grapes along fenceline. Mount containers with strawberries between fenceposts. Plant softfruit (e.g. blackcurrant, gooseberry) underplanted with herbs.
Drinking fountain and herb garden
Create a sensory garden: lift canopy on small trees, lay winding path and underplant with layers. Add a bench and seating area.
Sitting area overlooking pond. To the pond, presently containing karp, introduce water lilies and other plants to complement existing iris
Side entrance to the mosque grounds
Islamic design garden
Islamic design garden
Plant elaeagnus evergreen hedging to create a natural fence
Scented plants at the mosque entrance
Trim existing trees. Create a pathway, and plant colourful plants visible from the windows
Clear overgrowth and create outdoor sitting area
Repair fencing. Plant rowan and crab apple trees
New cantilever canopy
Ramp to wheelchair beds. 2 disabled-acess raised garden beds. Canopy and shed
New ramp to Women's Entrance
New cantilever canopy. Additionally, form access to level landing at extrance in tarmac with road kerb edges
Relocate lamp post and remove tree. New below ground sewage pumping station. Ramp to allow wheelchair access to back of site
New footpath (tarmac) running down left sides of building. Gravel to gap between building
Prune existing trees
Build compost area and a wormery. Create a storage space for wood chipping and other materials intended for public use
We run Gardening Sessions on the following days:
Monday-Thursday, 9:30 - 11:30
Sunday: 10:30 - 12:30
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, the Berkshire Muslim Arab Community Association, Reading Quakers, and the Reading Italian community!