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Westbourne Greening Update

By December 20, 2016 One Comment

Wheels for Westbourne

Our big focus for 2017 will be on helping more people cycle in and around the village.

We’re not talking Lycra and massive mileage (though if you’re a serious cyclist, that’s great). We want to encourage people of all ages, shapes and sizes to pedal rather than drive when they need to nip to the shop or pop down to Emsworth.

When we launched Greening Westbourne, one of our main themes was encouraging people to choose cycling or walking when making short trips of under a mile. Since then the village has been given a 20mph limit – an important step in making our streets more hospitable to cyclists and pedestrians.

We are hoping to:

– get some cycle racks installed in the centre of the village
– organise a cycling event in the summer
start an informal group to work on these plans

We achieved the community orchard by getting a passionate group of people together and largely letting them get on with it. We’re hoping that residents with an interest in a cycling project might want to start a similar informal group under our umbrella.

Please let us know if you’re interested. Drop us a line or come and see us at the Christmas tree recycling event (see below).

Give an orchard tree for Christmas

Looking for a Christmas present that’s really worth having and will last a lifetime?

You could buy a tree in the community orchard as a gift – a beautiful, long-lasting present that will enhance the local environment and give pleasure to all.

It costs £50 to sponsor or adopt a tree, and dedication plates are £30. All money will go into orchard funds, used to buy new trees and maintain the area. The application form is here.

After our December planting session, the orchard site, at Hampshire Farm Meadows off Westbourne Road, now has 24 trees. Several have been planted in memory of loved ones.

We will plant nine more on 4 February.

Recycle your Xmas tree

Bring your tree down to the Square between 11am and 1pm on 8 January and we’ll turn it into useful chippings (with the kind help of tree surgeon Mike Reed). Stay for a chat and maybe a mulled wine if you can. Donations welcome.

Keep in touch

Our next meeting is at 7.30pm at the White Horse on 10 January. Or contact us on

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  • Vanessa says:

    Wheels for Westbourne – Lovely idea. How about hoofs for Westbourne to cater for the very many horse riders in the Village. Always a lovely sight to see. We have over 70 riding horses in Westbourne (including 3 disabled riders), all sadly being driven off the roads by increasing and fast traffic. Hoofs for Westbourne could be promoted alongside wheels for Westbourne.

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