Newsletter February 2022


Welcome to the Fordingbridge Greener Living newsletter! 

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This will be your monthly summary of all the happenings, project updates, upcoming events and opportunities to get involved with FGL!

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Repair Cafe

Plans are well under way for the opening of Fordingbridge’s very own Repair Cafe. Subject to availability of repair volunteers, the first session will be on a Saturday or Sunday in early April.

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FGL Trees

FGL Trees held a community planting event back in November, creating a new wooded area to the rear of Allen Water Drive next to the railway bridge. This site has now been mulched and some native bluebells have also been added by Fordingbridge Town Council. We look forward to seeing these young trees establish over the coming months.

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Community Garden

A community garden is to be created in an area of the Fordingbridge allotments. FGL are working with Milestone Infrastructure to help create a community garden for all of Fordingbridge. Works are due to start in spring. Thank you to those who have already volunteered, we will be in touch shortly with our first volunteering day. 

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Ridan Composter 

The Ridan Composter now has 39 regular members. Preventing food waste from going to landfill, instead making lovely compost for our gardens. Thank you to our team of ‘Ridan Rangers’ who visit the Ridan on a daily basis for maintenance and Dibden joinery for donating their waste sawdust. Our first batch of compost was ready  in December 2021 & our next batch is imminent! We have just ordered our 3rd maturation bin to keep up with demand.

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Recycling Shed

The community recycling shed is located at the side of St.Mary’s Church Hall in Church Street. You can drop off items at our shed that cannot be easily recycled through curb side collections.
Including aluminium foil, bras, biscuit wrappers, bread bags, candles, confectionary wrappers, corks, stamps, inkjet printer cartridges and many other items! We have a wonderful team of volunteers who each take responsibility for a box. You can really help us by making sure you are only dropping off the right things!

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Community Fridge 

The fridge and freezer are located at Fordingbridge Library. We have a team of volunteers who take it in turn to collect food from Fordingbridge Coop. We are happy to report that we are back up and running in February. The food is there for anybody who might be findings things a little difficult and who need a bit of a helping hand. All we ask is that people only take what they need and leave items for the next person. Opening times: Tues/weds/Fri/Sat: 930am-5pm

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Crisp Packet Recycling Scheme

For the past two years we have been collecting crisp packets and sending them for recycling. The Gourmet Grocer kindly offered to be a drop off point and we have an enthusiastic team of volunteers who sort all of the packets. Walkers have decided to stop sponsoring this service as so many supermarkets now have scrunchy plastic drop-off points. Therefore, the last day for crisp packets to be dropped off will be Saturday 18th April. Coop Fordingbridge now has scrunchy plastic drop off point. 

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The Green Gram 

The team setting up The Green Gram have just signed the lease for Unit 4 Roman Quay, off Fordingbridge High Street, and can’t wait to bring more plastic free shopping options to the town. The shop will open this spring with an official opening date coming soon.
It will be Community Benefit Society and a key part of that is community involvement. Membership of the society is open to anyone over the age of 16 and we’d love you to join us! Simply purchase a minimum of one £10 share (or as many as you like) and you can have a say in how the society is run. We’ll be publishing more information on how to join very soon.

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Get Involved!
  • FGL Trees – FGL Trees hold a monthly zoom meeting to share updates and discuss any ongoing projects. If you would like to receive this invite, please email
  • Repair Cafe – Anyone who has already volunteered or those who would additionally wish to volunteer, please contact Dave Sanders on either 07748 982122 or to confirm their availability, thank you.
  • Community Garden – Thank you to those already signed up, we will be in touch with more information. If anyone else would like to join, please email
  • Community Fridge – Hoping to find someone to take a lead on this project to free up some of Wendy’s time so she can concentrate on new projects. Ideally this would suit someone who has some experience of food hygiene, although training will be given. Contact Wendy Reid for more info.
  • The Green Gram – You may wish to volunteer in the shop itself or in another role or vote on how our profits are used to benefit the local community. You may can purchase a share or two knowing that you’re helping a good cause, or make a one-off donation.
  • Ridan Composter – For the composter members, just a little reminder  to keep chopping food waste up and please no big bones!