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26 to COP26’ Round Up


In 2021 Earley Town Council was unable to hold its annual Green Fair due to the Covid-19 pandemic so, instead it organised ’26 to COP26’, a series of small-scale events held in September and October 2021.


’26 to COP26’ was a series of environment themed activities and events which the Town Council organised and promoted, inviting local residents of all ages to get involved and take part in, free of charge. Our aim was to encourage residents to think about their environment, to learn more about it and to consider ways in which they may be able to make changes that would benefit the natural world, but we also wanted it to be fun!


There was something for everyone, whether it was drinking hot chocolate whilst listening to a bat expert and watching the bats at dusk fly around the lake, or following the new ‘Earley Trees’ walking route around the town; you could help the Town Council’s Park Rangers build new homes for stag beetles, or perhaps have a guided tour of the wind turbine at Green Park. Younger residents enjoyed word searches at Sol Joel Park and decorating bird boxes to be put up in our green spaces. There were exhibitions on waste and recycling; a climate emergency action plan workshop, and a clothes swap.


The Town Council would like to thank the many residents who participated in our ‘26 to COP26’ project, either by entering a competition, attending one of our events or downloading an activity. The feedback we have received from residents has been very constructive and positive and we certainly plan to repeat at least some of the activities in 2022, building on what we have achieved in 2021. We shall be looking at ways of expanding our publicity and communications as the Town Council would like to see as many residents as possible benefit from our green agenda.

We would also like to thank the following people/organisations for their support: –


Bob Collis, Earley Environmental Group
Brian Hackett, EASI
Charlotte Allchin, Earley Environmental Group
John Booth, Friends of the Earth
Liz Kerry
Mary Bather, ACER
Matt & Izzy McTernan, Earley Garden Bees
Reduce Energy Ltd
The Silvers Workshop
Wokingham Borough Council’s My Journey Team
Wokingham Borough Council’s Waste & Recycling Team


Finally, a big thank you to all Earley Town Council staff who helped to organise and run the events and a thank you to Town Councillors who attended events and gave their support.





Thank you to everyone who entered the Art Competition and submitted wonderful images based on ‘rubbings’ of nature. We are pleased to announce the winners: –


7yrs & under category                   


Adelaide N, age 7


8yrs – 16yrs category         


Esha F, age 10

Adult Category                




Angela Francis



Jackie Smith



Sabah Humayon




We received some impressive entries to the Poetry Competition and would like to thank everyone who entered. We are pleased to announce the winner was: –


Joshua Fenlon


Earley poem






Photos of some of the events from ’26 to COP26′


Art Competition, under 7 entries


Art Competition, 8-16yrs entries


Bee Event – Build a Bee Hotel, Liz Kerry


Bee Event – Matt & Izzy McTernan from Earley Garden Bees


Build a Stag Beetle Home Event


Build a Stag Beetle Home Event


Build a Stag Beetle Home Event


Climate Emergency Event


Climate Emergency Event


Climate Emergency Event


Cycle Event – Martin Lindupp ETC Bike Workshop


Cycle Event – WBC My Journey Team


Decorate a Bird Box Event


Decorate a Bird Box Event


Decorate a Bird Box Event


Decorate a Bird Box Event


Moths & Muffins Event


Moths & Muffins Event


Moths & Muffins Event


Moths & Muffins Event


Moths & Muffins Event







Included among the events is the Earley Tree Walk. This walk takes in several of Earley’s significant and veteran trees including the Gemini Oak and can be completed in around 1 hour. The walk can be downloaded here, and details of the route can also be found below.


Earley Tree Walk Map







Tips on how to improve the impact of your garden on local wildlife and turn it into an urban wildlife refuge can be found in the ‘Creating a Wildlife Refuge in Earley‘ document, contains lots of tips and advice as well as links to expert guidance


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Wokingham Borough Council are introducing their Garden Forest Scheme. Details of the project can be found on the engage.wokingham website and this Garden Forest Scheme pdf.


This project invites residents to express an interest in planting one or more trees in their garden, and has been funded by the Woodland Trust as part of WBC’s plan to plant 250,000 trees across the borough.