Newsletter March 2022


Welcome to the Fordingbridge Greener Living newsletter! 

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

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Why buy new, when second hand will do! 

For our Community Garden project we are looking for your help. We are looking for second hand items which can go towards the project – composters, water butt, guttering, padlocks, handtools, raised planter materials such as timber offcuts, good quality plant pots, shelving and anything else you might have spare and would donate to the project. If you do, then please email! All donations are much appreciated! 

Project Updates

Repair Cafe

Fordingbridge’s own Repair Cafe will be opening on Saturday 23rd April at the 1st Fordingbridge Scouts hall behind Roundhills car park from 10.00-16.00.
Rather than throw items away, learn with experts how to repair them saving you money and saving the environment from more landfill.
Tea, coffee and cakes will be available.
Experts available for this session will have electrical, mechanical, sewing and soft toy repair skills.

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Community Garden

Our plans to open a community garden in Fordingbridge are now well underway. The aim of our community garden is to allow members of the community to either rent a small patch to grow their own on raised beds and to have weekly open events where people can come together to grow fruit, vegetables and flowers. We also want it to be a social space for people to enjoy the peace of the space and have a natter with a cuppa. We are very fortunate to have been given the support of Milestone Infrastructure who are investing £2000 to help get the project off the ground. In addition Fordingbridge Town Council is donating £1000 to buy a shed which will be the hub of our garden.
Our community garden will be located in the corner of Fry’s Field Allotments in Fordingbridge. If you would like to find out more, just get in touch.

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FGL Website 

We are currently working on a major update to the website and will be online very soon. It will look more modern and fresh compared to the current version. It will be keep up to date with the latest information and will have an area that will allow members of the community to communicate without the need for social media such as Facebook. Keep an eye out for future updates soon!

Community Fridge 

We are pleased to announce that Alison Ayling, who has been volunteering for the fridge for over a year, has kindly offered to take the lead on this project moving forward. Thank you so much Alison!
We have seen a consistently good amount of donations of food from The Coop and this has included lots of frozen meat, fresh fruit and vegetable and also bread and cake. Take what you need and consider the needs of other people.
Whilst, in theory, anybody can come and take food, could we be aware that there a quite a few people of all ages who are finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet and we would like this food for those people.
Library opening times: Tues/Weds/Fri/Sat: 930am-5pm

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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.
There have been and are about to be some changes to what we can accept at the shed. Terracycle is suspending its recycling of certain packaging as supermarkets increasingly have recycling points in store.
Aluminium foil – please scrunch as small as possible. 
Milk bottle tops – only milk bottle tops! Other tops/bottles can go in kerbside recycling
Bread bags – ended 20th Mar. Can drop off at Co-Op
Crisp packets – ending 18th Apr. Can drop off at Co-Op
Baby food pouches – ended 20th Mar. 
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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The Green Gram 

The Green Gram is coming to Fordingbridge. This Community Benefit Society is not being run by Fordingbridge Greener Living but we would like to promote and support this not for profit venture. 

The Green Gram is a Community Benefit Society, which means it’s owned and run by its members. It’s a not-for-profit enterprise so any excess funds generated will be ploughed back into the local community- and society members will vote to choose which good causes will benefit. Membership is open to anyone 16+ and involves purchasing a minimum of one £10 share, up to a max of 125 shares. They’re looking for volunteers to help run the shop. If you’d like to know more about please go to or phone 07776 262058.The closing date for share applications is 21st April 2022.

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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 – we are running a first volunteer session on Saturday 9th April, where will be doing a big tidy up of the site, to prepare it for the next stage of the build. Get in touch if you’d like to come and help
  • The Green Gram – If you would like to purchase shares or donate some time in the shop please go to or phone 07776 262058.The closing date for share applications is 21st April 2022.