Green Town

Green Town Steering Group ToR May 2018

Beach Clean poster July 2021

Bembridge Front Garden Awards 2021

Bembridge Front Garden Awards 2021 – Winners

As the Bembridge in Bloom competition could not be held again this year the Green Towns group thought it would be a nice idea to hold a Best Front Garden competition which has  kindly been sponsored by HRD. The sponsorship enabled us to purchase a new overall winner trophy dedicated to a very special lady who over the years has worked hard to make Bembridge beautiful for all. 


There were no entries in the containerised section, so this was changed to sustainable and in the judge’s opinion there were 2 gardens within this category.

Members of our neighbouring Green Towns Group Sandown agreed to come along and judge the entries. After a very pleasant afternoon viewing all of the gardens and much chat between them, they made their decision.

They were impressed with all of the gardens and made many lovely comments about the layout and structure plus the use of plants and landscaping. Thought was also given to planting to attract bees and insects.

The winner of the Best Planted Front Garden with comments, lots of thought gone into the garden/beautifully laid out tiered with such a variety of plants. Lavender laid out in the stones extremely attractive. Ian and Helen Rishton

Of the 2 sustainable gardens although quite different the judges had a hard decision to make. So, with this in mind A Highly Commended for the beautiful use of plants used in the planting both inside the garden and as an outside border which made the garden appear much bigger than it was. Lorraine Rideout.

  The award was accepted on behalf of Lorraine by parish clerk Mark Pink. 

The winner of the Best sustainable Front Garden which was nominated by a non-resident. With comments of the behind the wall garden good use of mixed flowers with many plants for bees/high impact striking colour plus an insect house set within the garden/water available. Simon Bligh

The overall winner and receiver of The Barbara clough Trophy. Ian and Helen Rishton


Some of the entries and winners, along with Barbara Clough, Phillip Weeks from HRD and Cllrs Sheila Weedall and Marianne Sullivan

Thank you to all those that entered the competition, there were some very special gardens.

A big thank you must also go to HRD and Phillip Weeks for sponsoring the event again and supplying gardening gift sets for the winners.

Some of the gardens entered into the competition



Great British September Clean 19th September 2020

Great morning .   Beach and footpath clean joining Keep Britain Tidy campaign and promoted by IWC, who collected the rubbish.   Thanks to all who joined in with safety measures in place. Some new faces joined the team, hopefully see you next time joining our regular litter pickers and IW Cllr Murwell who joined us at the Point.

Another fantastic team effort helping to keep Bembridge Clean for all.

Socially distanced Beach Clean on Saturday 8th August


Beach Cleans 2020

14th March 2020

Bembridge Volunteers you are fantastic. Over 25 turned out this morning for the first 2020 beach clean. Thanks to all. Thanks also to Graham and his team at The Tollgate for the refreshments. Carrying on the support for Bembridge Green Towns Group.


Beach Cleans 2019

I.O.W Day.
Another great success.  Bembridge Beach Cleaners you are a Fab team, including the four legged ones.  Thanks to Trevor at the Tollgate Cafe for refreshments.




Village Partnership conducts successful litter pick

The Bembridge Village Partnership members were joined by volunteers and the Bembridge Youth Football Club on Saturday 6th April for a village tidy-up. volunteers made their way to Steyne Park from points around the village while the youth football club did a 15-minute dash around the park. This was once again a great community event. Well done to all those who joined in. Thanks to BYCC for use of their facilities and Jacqui McDade for refreshments.

BB19 foopath improvement works completed

Our lengthsmen were incredibly busy in March, in particular with five days of hard labour at the start of the month repairing a 100-metre section of the BB3 footpath, where it joins with BB19. This is a well-used footpath and we are pleased these works are now complete. This was a joint project co-funded by the Isle of Wight Council. Well done to our lengthsmen for braving the inclement weather to finish the project in the allotted week.

War Memorial Restoration Project and new ‘Tommy.’

The Parish Council was delighted to formally showcase the village’s new ‘Tommy’ silhouette figurine at the War Memorial Gardens at a Remembrance Service on Sunday, 11th November 2018. Stop and take a look next time you’re passing! This is the culmination of a project to restore the War Memorial and the figurine is dedicated as a tribute to mark the centenary of Armistice Day. In addition to the new ‘Tommy,’ the stonework at the foot of the War Memorial has been replaced with new masonry, with the old stonework being re-cycled to provide the base for the new sculpture. The further additions of granite plaques – commemorating the two WW1 airfields in Bembridge – plus wood-chippings and extra planting has made this a very attractive added feature to the War Memorial Gardens. The Parish Council would like to thank the Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust for providing the two plaques, which sit proudly either side of ‘Tommy.’ In partnership with the Bembridge Heritage Society, the Parish Council has produced a leaflet with information about the two WW1 airfields that were in the parish – RFC Forelands and RFC Bembridge Point. The leaflet is available in hard copy from the Parish Office. To view the leaflet, please Click Here.


Coastline Clear-up 30th September


Community Walk 29th September


Beach Clean 11th August

Once again a fantastic turn out of happy volunteers helping to keep our beaches clean for all to enjoy. A huge thank you.

Bembridge in Bloom 2018

Bembridge in Bloom 2018


Sponsored by Hose, Rhodes & Dickson


Best Large Front Garden


Best Small Front Garden


Mr & Mrs D Pollington, 32 Meadow Drive


Miss A and Mrs S Jamieson, Heimat, Manna Road


Ms D Campbell & Mr N Maclean, 49 Foreland Road 


Mrs P Parkes, 9 Elms Court, Swains Road


Ms P Sadler, 34 Walls Road


Mrs D Hicks, 7 The Ruskins       


Highly Commended




Mrs S Beaney & Mr D Tallis , 5 Egerton Road


Best Sustainable Front Garden


Mr & Mrs R Newell, 14 Pelham Close


Ms J White, 9 Egerton Road



Mr N Harry, 40 Crossway


Best Containerised Frontage


Mrs M Sullivan, 9 Forelands Field Road


Mr & Mrs A Carslaw, 17 Egerton Road


Highly Commended


Mrs L Coleman , 9 Kings Close


Mr & Mrs J Sparrow, 2 Woodland Grove


Mrs J McGlashon, 1B Crossway





Best Small Commercial Premises


Best Large Commercial Premises


Mr D Bates,  Mulberry Cottage B&B, 41 High St


Mr J Chapman, The Old Village Inn


Mr G Hawkins, Woodfords  Butchers,  26 High St


Mrs L Lu, Lu Shan Restaurant  Sherbourne St


Mrs E Stoffel, The Bakery, 37 High Street






Best Initiative Involving Children or Young People Special Award


Montessori Preschool, 51 Howgate Road


Windmills Preschool  Walls Road


Bembridge Scouts Field, Mitten Road


Beach Clean 21st July



Beach Clean 16th June

Thank you to the volunteers who helped at the beach clean on Saturday 16th June, you did an amazing job.  Big thank you to Trevor at the Tollgate Cafe for his continued support, it is very much appreciated.



Heroes Assemble Great British Spring Clean  28th April  

Bembridge Parish Councils Green Towns Steering Group organised their Annual Spring Litter Pick on Saturday 28th April.

Starting at different locations around the Village volunteers were provided with bags, gloves and litter pickers, they then made their way to Steyne Park for refreshments.  30 plus members of Bembridge Youth Football team joined in completing a 15 minute blitz of the park and at the end were presented with medals, stickers and sweets.

Thank you to Island Roads for providing bags and arranging to collect the Litter.

A great team effort from all involved helping to keep our Village a special place to visit and live.


Community Walk 7th April

The first Community Walk took place on Saturday 7th April with over 30 people enjoying a planned walk along our lovely beach and lanes.  Refreshments, medals, stickers and sweets were provided by The Village Partnership on return to the Point and hot drinks were provided at The Tollgate. Well done to all who took part, especially the children who joined us and walked over 2 miles. Watch out for the next planned walk which will be advertised on the Bembridge Green Towns facebook page, the Parish Council website and facebook and local noticeboards.


Beach Clean 24th March

A fantastic turn out of over 40 volunteers helped to make our beautiful beach a nicer place for all to enjoy. A great team effort, we collected 20 plus bags of assorted rubbish and dragged assorted rope, large plastic items and all sorts of metal object from the beach. Refreshments were provided again by The Tollgate Café a big thank you to them for a well needed cuppa.

River Yar Trail

Down to the Coast are celebrating the conclusion of its £50,000 investment in improvements to the hugely popular River Yar Trail between Brading Quay Lane and Bembridge Windmill.

On Friday 15th December a small ‘ribbon cutting’ ceremony took place celebrate the completion of works followed by a short stroll along the resurfaced path.

Thanks were given to Isle of Wight Council Rights of Way, IW AONB Partnership, Heritage Lottery Fund, IW Ramblers, Aaron Rogers Grounds Maintenance, Bembridge Parish Council Green Towns and Parish Lengthsmen for working in partnership to deliver a great outcome.




Works to improve the Brooks Close to Foreland Farm Lane footpath took place on 15th and 16th May 2017.  IW Rights of Way worked with the landowner to have the footpath officially dedicated, and Aaron Rogers Gardening Services with the Parish Lengthsmen carried out the re-surfacing works.

BB10 MARCH 2017

Works on the BB10 footpath by Sandhills are now complete.  In partnership with the IW Rights of Way, Aaron Rogers Gardening Services and the parish lengthsmen part one of the works were completed in September and part two in March.  Thanks to all involved.


Volunteers come together to secure Bembridge footpath improvements

Footpath BB21 forms part of the route linking Bembridge Windmill and Brading. For much of its course it follows the historic harbour wall of Brading Haven and offers wonderful views across the RSPB’s Brading Marshes Reserve. However, it is probably best remembered by many as a quagmire passable during the winter months by only the most intrepid.

Now, thanks to the dedicated input of volunteers from the IW Ramblers, Bembridge Green Town and Bembridge Parish Lengthsmen and a skilled team of contractors the most treacherous 300m stretch of the path has been re-laid and widened.  Thanks also go to the landowners Laurence Taylor and the Peter and Alice Summerhayes without whose support the project could not have been completed in such a timely manner.

Works to improve the stretch of the footpath from Centurions Copse to Quay Lane, Brading began in December 2015 and concluded in September 2017 completing the repair of a 4km stretch of one of the Island’s most important walking routes.

Much needed clearance of vegetation was undertaken by Aaron Rogers Grounds Maintenance. The pathway was relayed by Reynolds and Read Ltd and Peter Faithfull constructed and installed a new gate.


Congratulations to the Lengthsmen, Bembridge Weeders and Greens Town Steering Group for all their efforts in contributing to winning the Best Kept Extra-Large Village Award.


A bright and breezy morning for our beach clean. Thanks to all who turned up to help keep our beautiful beach looking at its best. Thank you Trevor at the Tollgate for a much needed tea and coffee.


Members of the green towns group met the lengthsmen at Lane End to weed and tidy up the flower beds. We did book sunshine but we had a drizzly dull start! A bit of good humour and team spirit made the morning fly past. By the time 2 tonne of stone was delivered we were ready for the finishing touch. Well done all.


The Beach Clean started well the tide came in quicker than we anticipated!at one point one of our happy helpers had to paddle round towards Ducie but all ended ok, we all met up at the Toll Gate for a welcome coffee, many thanks to Trevor for that. Thanks also to Kingswood for your help and everyone who joined in.



Bembridge Parish Council has received funding from Down to Coast under the Caulkhead Heroes programme to restore the Palmer Memorial.

This project enables local communities to identify, research and celebrate notable past residents, events, landmarks or other aspects of the Down to the Coast landscape that contribute to its distinct character and sense of place. The Rev James Nelson Palmer is our Caulkhead Hero.


The Palmer Memorial has in past years had dedicated groups including the Fountain Society and Palmer Memorial Committee working on its restoration. The memorial has been sited on this land since it’s unveiling in August of 1910. The Parish Council owns the memorial and has a lease for 99 years of its siting from the Harbour Improvements Company.

The memorial is a drinking fountain made of granite and other stone. It is of four faces, with a drinking fountain or horse trough in each alcove of the faces. There are two inscriptions, on the north east and south west faces. A weather vane in the shape of a sailing ship surmounts the memorial. Rev James Nelson Palmer was an iconic and influential character in Bembridge with many community roles.

Wighstonemasons have restored the Grade II listed Palmer memorial reinscribing the plaque to match the original due to deterioration; one section of the cornice had weathered and has been replaced and the weather vane has received attention. A new information board has been installed here along with informative leaflets for the residents and visitors who pass by. The Green Towns Steering Group has been busy tidying up the area and working on this much needed restoration.

The year 5 class at Bembridge Primary School has been researching Rev James Nelson Palmer as part of their Victorians project and have created a number of leaflets with their findings. Bembridge Heritage Society has been extremely helpful with the research and hosting the school children’s visit to the heritage centre. Many others have contributed towards this restoration including Dave Rance a generous resident and George Bristow at the Pilot Boat collecting a penny a pint. Thank you to Pete Fellow of the Down to Coast project who has assisted with project plan and grant funding.

Lady Sally Pigot OBE did the honours of unveiling the newly restored memorial whilst Cllr Mike Tarrant Chairman of Bembridge Parish Council made the unveiling speech.  Emma Goldring Bembridge Parish Clerk says ‘We hope that this secures the memorial for many years to come’.

Thank you to all of the volunteers who attended ‘The Big Tree Plant’ on 18th November to plant 20 trees on the old school field.


The purpose of the Green Town Scheme is to encourage local people to take action to improve the environmental performance of their community.  A ‘Green Town’ is a community which is committed to making positive changes.

The first step is to recruit volunteers to set up a Steering Group to get the scheme started.   The Steering Group should engage as many people & local groups to work together for the benefit of the community – to help reduce energy use, to recycle more household & business waste, keeping local footpaths/beaches clean, creation of new community wildlife areas etc. Meetings would be held quarterly.


Bembridge was very successful in the Wight in Bloom 2015 competition.

Hilary Wellsted won the Best Large Front Garden

Bembridge Coast Hotel were second in the Best Accommodation Garden

Bembridge Cof E Primary won the Best Young People Initiative and The Children’s House Montessori was second in that category

The War Memorial Gardens Bembridge – Bembridge Weeders were Highly Commended in the Best Community Floral Project.

Bembridge was certainly put on the map at the Ventnor Botanic Gardens Awards on Wednesday 19th August.  Well done to all those that won and took part.


It was another successful beach clean this morning (15th August). volunteers and members of the Bembridge Green Towns Group turned up at our 5 start points and made our way to the point ending in a clean up of the sand dunes area. The Pilot Boat provided tea and coffee to all. We plan to do another on 19th September at 10.00am so if you would like to join us please check posters. Look forward to seeing you.


Members of the Green Towns Steering Group and the Parish Council assisted the Parish Lengthsmen to clear Lincoln Way Pond on 8th July.


The Green Towns Steering Group are having a stall at the street fair on Monday 25th May 2015 12.00-16.00 come along and see what they do and sign up to become a ‘green volunteer’ and meet some new faces along the way.


The June beach clean is confirmed to be on the 6th June, I hope lots of people can make it! We will be starting at 10am from 5 points down the beach:

1) The end of Beach Road (opposite the Pilot Boat Inn),

2) Ducie steps,

3) Swains Lane steps,

4) The lifeboat pier,

5) The Crab and Lobster

You can choose whichever starting point is most convenient for you -which one will you go for?! There will be a volunteer to meet you and give you gloves, bags and litter pickers and wish you well. Look out for posters nearer the time! Cllr Alice Lee


Judging is taking place between May and June. Please keep the village tidy and if there are areas that need assistance or improving please contact the Parish Office and it can be arranged 874160.

SPRING LITTER PICK 18th April 2015

The Spring Litter pick was really well attended and everyone had a lovely time pottering down the beautiful leafy lanes of Bembridge in the dappled sun. Thank you to all our volunteers who attended and looked very smart in the new green tabards courtesy of Keep Britain Tidy.  Look out for future events on Bembridge Parish Council website  or on the Green Towns Steering Groups facebook page .

Remembrance Orchard Planted – Wednesday 28th January 2015

Bembridge Parish Council through the Green Towns Steering Group planted a small remembrance orchard at Lane End Cemetery to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

HM Lord Lieutenant Major General Martin White CB CBE JP planted the first tree which is one of the Steyne Seedlings raised by Sir John Thorneycroft in 1893. Sir John Thornycroft gave the land at Jubilee Gardens to the Parish of Bembridge where our war memorial stands today.  Although 46 names are listed on the war memorial there were some men who had family connections with Bembridge or were stationed in Bembridge who gave their lives for King and Country. By the end of the war in 1918 the village had 43 of its young men killed and many came home injured. We remember the fallen.

The Royal British Legion planted the second Steyne Seedling tree.

Bembridge CE Primary Schools Deputy Head Teacher Mrs Groocock and 4 children planted the third tree Isle of Wight Russet.

Mr Mike Foreman Bembridge Scouts Leader planted the fourth tree a Bembridge Beauty.

Cllr Gordon Kendall Vice Chairman of Bembridge Parish Council planted the fifth tree Bembridge Beauty.

There is also a beautiful engraved bench for people to take a few moments for quiet reflection. The orchard provides a living memory to commemorate the fallen.

A short service and blessing was conducted by Priest Linda Bushell at St Lukes Chapel following the planting.

GROW WILD GRANT – Unfortunately we were unsuccessful with this Grant, thank you to all those who helped with the grant application

Bembridge Parish Council are applying for a £4,000 grant from Grow Wild (big lottery funded) to create a wildlife garden for educational and recreational purposes in Steyne Park/Old School Field.

The local Scouts, Beavers, Girl Guides, Primary School and Pre-school are all invited to take part in the process of creating the wildlife garden. Bembridge Horticultural Society will also be invited to sow some plants for the garden. The residential homes will be encouraged to reminisce about what they used to remember of playing within the countryside and wildlife, plants and flowers when they were younger. Isle of Wight College Horticulture Students (including our very own apprentice Parish Lengthsmen) will be involved in the build of the structure. Everybody will be invited to the official planting and opening in October 2015.

The grant application has to be submitted by 2nd December 2014. The funding body would like to see letters of support from many different groups in the community.   We find out by February if we are successful. The project has to commence in March and complete in October 2015.

March would see a site survey of the existing plants, shrubs and wildlife. A fun event will be held to get everybody involved. April will see a foraging and propagating event to gather seeds and plug plants. Bembridge Horticulture Society will be invited to grown some of these seeds in readiness for the planting. The Scouts, Beavers, Guides, Brownies, Rainbows, Primary School and Preschool children will be invited to make bird and bat boxes that will be positioned within the trees surrounding the area to attract wildlife. They would also be asked to help with the design of the gardens and information boards. There are three themes to the garden which is Coastal, Edible and Flower Meadow. It is envisaged 3 raised beds will be built at different heights to accommodate the younger children. Isle of Wight College Horticulture students and the Parish Lengthsmen will build the raised beds and prepare them for the planting and official opening in October.

The Green Towns Steering Group who meet on a regular basis will maintain the wildlife garden along with the Parish Lengthsmen and any volunteers who wish to join the group following this project.


Bembridge is the only Island village to be shortlisted for the Hampshire and IOW Village of the Year Awards. The judging is to took place on 20th August 2014. And we WON!!!


Bembridge has won the Extra-Large Village category for the Village of the year competition. Congratulations to the Parish Lengthsmen and particularly Bembridge Weeder’s who make a huge contribution to the overall appearance of the Village.


The Green Towns Steering Group had a stall at Bembridge Street Fare on May 26th 2014 where they signed up a number of willing volunteers to help with projects in the village. Andrew Turner MP being one of those willing volunteers.


BB4 Tidy Up

25th Feb 2014 Shelia Weedall, Barbara Clough, John Leaver, Cllr Alice Lee and the parish lengthsmen Tony & Pete – just got back from our BB4 clearing afternoon!! A good time was had by all!!

Now off to the dump!!!

The Point Tidy Up Project

This on-going project has achieved much of what it intended, with the exception of replanting owing to recent weather conditions!
Notable improvements have been made – the ugly fallen boulder and post by the Point entrance road has been removed, pot holes filled, the posts and chain railings have been repainted and a new Bus Stop has been erected.   The Palmer Memorial troughs have been cleared of rubble and surrounds weeded.    A litter bin has been provided on Point Beach.
In Station Road an Information Board has been erected near the Bembridge Point signpost.   In the upper half an attractive map features both the Bembridge and the Yar River Trails which follow identical routes for about 4 miles between Bembridge and Brading where they diverge.   The lower half features pictures of historical interest about the Point area.  The 11 mile Bembridge to Newport Bembridge Trail leaflet has been updated, walked, verified and republished and will be available to the public.  A smart new IWC litter bin has been installed.
The Toilets are currently being renovated and refurbished.   Under Parish Council ownership everyone benefits from year round opening!

The Project has involved considerable time and effort by individuals and organisations, for which we are most grateful.   A celebration of the Re-launch of the Bembridge Trail took place on Friday 24th October, with Elaine Ceasar from the Isle of Wight Council cutting the ribbon.
The approach to Bembridge Village Centre now looks far more attractive and welcoming.

More work to improve the Point area took place on Tuesday 13th May. Thanks to Barbara and her team.


For more information or to apply to be a member contact the Parish Office on 874160 or email
for more information on Green Towns, click here

Energy Initiatives

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Water butts

By collecting rainwater in a water butt it will help keep your garden, and the environment, healthy.

Click here for more information and offers on water butts.

National Garden Scheme – information click here

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