When local paramedic Neil Ruch sadly died from Covid 19 in May, his colleagues wanted to create a memorial garden for him.
Riverside Community heard about this and offered to help. Local construction companies came forward to help to create an area at the rear of the Hogg Lane ambulance station, including a patio and some raised beds.
All they needed now was some plants……and some know-how!
Just 3 hours and a dozen volunteers later and a Caribbean island had been created, the perfect place for paramedics to relax in between calls. Ok, the fantastic mural was created sometime earlier but the rest was completed in that short time.
Riverside Community Big Local working with Smiths Orchard Garden Centre have provided the compost, topsoil and all of the plants to complete the planned sensory and wildlife-friendly area which is being completed with bird table and feeders.
The paramedics have worked out a watering rota to keep the garden looking its best, although I don’t think even the rain would spoil this lovely sunny garden spot.
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Following on from last Saturday’s massive rubbish haul at
the Concrete barges following Storm Dennis, our next event is at Grays Beach on
Come along and earn you free bacon roll and coffee!
As always old weather appropriate clothes, sturdy footwear
and lots of enthusiasm are all you need to bring.
Meeting at Thurrock Yacht Club at 10:30 we will supply “all
the plastic rubbish you can pick” and any equipment that you will need!
Sunday 1st March – meeting at Grays Yacht Club RM17 6JF at 10:30 to 12:00
followed by free refreshments in the café. Grays Beachcombers is a monthly Thames21 River Action Group family friendly event suitable for accompanied children 6
years and older.
5th March – meeting at
Purfleet Railway Station RM19 1PP at 10:30 to 12:30. We will be picking
primarily plastic bottles on the other side of the seawall and bringing them
back to the road for collection. This event will include climbing fixed ladders over the 2m high seawall so comfortable
walking shoes/boots are essential. This is an adult only Thames21 River Action
Group event. – New Event
March – meeting at old St Clements
Church RM20 4AL at 10:00 to 14:00. We will be picking along to the QE2 Bridge
with Coca Cola employees. This event will include
up to 4 miles walking so comfortable walking shoes/boots are essential. This is
an adult only Thames21 River Action Group event. – New Event
Saturday 14th March – meeting in John Street RM17 6ED at 09:00 to 12:00. This
is the regular Orchard Forum back alley clean-up. All welcome especially local
25th March – meeting at
old St Clements Church RM20 4AL at 10:30 to 13:30. We will be picking along the
Graffiti Wall. This event will include up
to 4 miles walking so comfortable walking shoes/boots are recommended. This is
an adult only Thames21 River Action Group event and forms part of the Great
British Spring Clean.
1st April – meeting at St.
Margaret’s Avenue SS17 0SH to pick Mucking Creek at 10:30 to 13:30. This is an
adult only Thames21 River Action Group event
and forms part of the Great British Spring Clean.
April – meeting at Grays
Yacht Club RM17 6JF at 10:30 to 12:00 followed by free refreshments in the
café. Grays Beachcombers is a monthly
Thames21 River Action Group family friendly event
suitable for accompanied children 6 ye
Residents of the Orchard Forum area were out on Saturday morning clearing the back alleyway between Salisbury Road and Richmond Road.
Led by the Forum chair, Tina Holland, and Steve Catchpole residents collected two truck loads of rubbish that had been dumped in the alleyway.
Speaking afterwards, Tina said “thanks to all those who came out to help on Saturday – and to Thurrock Council for taking away all the rubbish we collected. Whilst still not perfect, this alleyway is much, much clearer now!
The next Orchard Forum litter pick will be on Saturday 14th of March, meeting at 9am in John Street