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Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Winsford Gardens Annual Open Day 2018

Penge Green Gym is delighted to announce our annual Winsford Gardens Open Day will be held on Sunday 3rd June as part of the popular Penge Festival activities.

Starts at 11am and finish at 4pm.

Penge Green Gym has now been running for over seven years, and this will be the seventh time we have held an Open Day to show off our many achievements and aims. 

Last year the weather was kind to us, and we are hoping for some of the same summer sun this year.

This year we won't be changing from a formula that has worked extremely well in the past, so you can expect all the old favourites - plants for sale, cakes and refreshments, treasure hunt, face painting and other kids activities, and live music.

For more information see Facebook 
or Twitter @GreenGymPenge

For previous Open Days see our website:

Monday, 7 May 2018

UK parks boost quality of life by £34bn

Parks and green spaces generate health benefits that would cost more than £34bn if they did not exist, research by Fields in Trust has suggested.
The charity, which protects green spaces, also found that parks save the NHS about £111m a year.
The report coincides with the launch of a five-year plan to protect parks.
Green spaces can improve overall health for all, including "the young, isolated and the vulnerable", said parks and green spaces minister Rishi Sunak.
In the report, Revaluing Parks and Green Spaces, it is calculated that people would need to spend £974 each year to achieve the same level of life satisfaction they get from parks if they were not there.
That individual figure was then multiplied by the adult population, and the findings showed that parks generate more than £34bn of benefits.
The total cost saved by the NHS is based only on prevented GP appointments and does not include savings from non-referrals for treatments and prescriptions.The research comes at a time when 95% of park professionals say they are concerned about the lack of investment in green spaces, and 16% of people believe their local park is under threat of being built on.
Fields in Trust, which protects more than 2,700 spaces in the UK, has also launched a five-year strategy aimed at bringing 75% of the population within a 10-minute walk of a green space by 2022.
"Our parks are precious and I want to improve access to them for everyone," said Mr Sunak.
"These findings will play an important role in informing how we achieve this goal."

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Get to Know us Better - upcoming Winsford Gardens Events in June

Annual Winsford Gardens Open Day 
Sunday 3rd June 2018 from 11 am - 4 pm

Details on our website

Open Garden Squares Weekend 
Winsford Gardens tours on 
Sunday 10th June 2018 from 1 pm - 4 pm

Details on our website

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Spring finally on the way at Winsford Gardens

Penge Green Gym Newsletter

Spring finally on the way at Winsford Gardens

After what seems like a very long, cold and wet winter the warmer weather is finally on the way and that means our projects are full steam ahead!  Not least our so called 'dry gravel garden' which, for the last few weeks has looked more like a pond.  A combination of very wet weather and a layer of sticky of clay has meant the rain has not been able to drain away and left us scratching our heads about what to about the puddle!  In spite of this we have managed to start covering the area with weed suppressant and gravel.  And this week we hope to get it all covered, and the planting can finally begin.

Penge Green Gym at community fundraising event
Members of the committee attended this event at Bromley Civic centre, along with the Mayor Councillor Kathy Bance and Councillor William Huntingdon-Thresher.  Chairperson, Brenda Little spoke about the ways in which PGG have raised money for various projects and the ways that other community groups can take advantage of the funds available in this sector.  The event was covered in the local press and social media.

A big thank you to Waitrose

We would like to thank Waitrose Community matters green token month for raising £256 for Penge Green Gym.  Thank you to all our supporters for dropping a token in our box!

More projects for spring

Other projects that we have been able to get on with in the chilly weather includes finishing our path in the growing area which will make it easier to move in and out of the area with wheel barrows.  We've also made a low hazel fence around our wildlife pond.  We've also seen that we've got frogspawn for the first time, and the tadpoles are now hatching.  We've also planted 10 hazel trees kindly donated by Penny Read at Idverde.

We may have had a chilly start to 2018 but nothing stops the PGG crew!

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

UK to Introduce Bottle Deposit Scheme

It was announced today that the UK to introduce Bottle Deposit Scheme after many years of campaigning by environmental groups, and the obvious success of such schemes in other countries. It only requires a cursory look around parks, streets and watercourses to see that the majority of the litter is made up of plastic bottles and aluminium cans. If you have ever done any kind of litter picking in those places bottles and can will make up most of your haul. In addition, bottles and cans are also some of the most easily recycled items from the waste stream.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Penge Green Gym Newsletter February 2018

Penge Green Gym Newsletter

A Happy New Year for Penge Green Gym thanks to
Waitrose Community Matters

Penge Green Gym has been fortunate to be nominated once more for the Waitrose Community Matters grant scheme.  If you visit Waitrose Beckenham during the month of February please pick up a green token or 2 from the tills and post them into the boxes.  Thank you, every token counts!

Keeping busy in the chilly weather 
We have been busy with projects such as planting new hedgerow whips in our borders.  These are great for creating habitat for the local wildlife such as small birds and mammals. It was lovely to see Peter Hutchings from TCV on the day we planted these.  Many thanks for your help.   We have also been getting on with our new path in the growing area which will help redefine the paths and hopefully help with negotiating the slippery slope with a wheelbarrow down to the wildlife pond and storage areas.

We are slowly starting our new garden area in the old wildflower meadow but ironically as we are started to dig out the new path for a dry gravel garden it became waterlogged!  Hopefully we will get some dryer days in the coming weeks (like the one below) so that we can start to put hardcore and gravel down.