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RISC Roof Garden

Sustainable development and food security has always been one of the main themes of RISC's work. In 2002 we took this further by creating an edible forest garden on the flat roof above the conference hall. Designed as an educational tool using permaculture principles, the garden has become an oasis in the centre of Reading, a demonstration of how a garden can support more sustainable lifestyles and provide a practical solution to the problems of 'peak oil' and global climate change. It has had international media coverage and was shortlisted for the Observer Ethical Garden Award, 2009.

read an article about risc's garden projects

roof garden open days

Come and visit our award-winning sustainable urban garden. Discover 185 species of plants from all over the world, in this low maintenance, multi-use, edible forest garden. Find out about how we harvest water and landscape with renewable and reclaimed materials.

upcoming open day dates

As part of the National Gardens Scheme:

  • Saturday May 9th, 12:00 - 16:00. Entry: £3.50
  • Saturday July 4th, 12:00 - 16:00. Entry: £3.50
  • Saturday August 8th, 12:00 - 16:00. Entry: £3.50

As part of Reading Heritage Trail:

  • Saturday September 12th, 12:00 - 16:00. Entry: Free (donations welcome)
  • Sunday September 13th, 12:00 - 16:00. Entry: Free (donations welcome)

food4families

Food4Families, funded by the Big Lottery, is a project that aims to create a network of food growing gardens across Reading where parents and children will learn how to grow their own food together. This will enable young people and their families to learn new growing skills, introduce fresh produce into their diets and learn about sustainable living, while schools will integrate the outdoor classroom into the curriculum through practical activities.

read more about the food4families project