Last Sunday was Mothering Sunday and my mum and I had a lovely visit to Harris Gardens. For those of you not in the know this is a part of the University of Reading Whiteknights campus. The blossom, the daffodils, the families enjoying a bit of quality time together, I really do recommend a visit (although check opening times).
But as agreed at the last SOLVE Hall Farm Zoom meeting we are also looking to draw attention to the way the University is failing its neighbours and failing to live up to the high standards of environmental sustainability by threatening to sell the land it owns at Hall Farm to Wokingham Borough Council, and through them to housing developers.
We have listened to politicians telling us it's not their fault, the Government is making them do it. We have heard the University claim it's not interested in the money for the moneys sake, they need it to fund research. But now it is time to let the University, the Politicians and perhaps more importantly the Media know how we feel about this wanton vandalism of our environment at a time of Climate Crisis and destruction of farmland at a time of increasing food insecurity.
Elsewhere the Government pay lip service to re wilding, the Borough claim they want to be Net Carbon Neutral and the University claim to want to be the Greenest University in the UK. But what are any of them actually DOING about any of it?
The time has come to stand up and be counted. We will meet at the Shinfield Road entrance to the University on April 30th at 12.00. We will be delivering our "Alternative Vision for Hall Farm" and we need as many people as possible to be there to ensure that the message is delivered loud and clear: