Winter is in full swing and the temperatures have
dipped accordingly. Our last couple of sessions before Christmas turned
out to be very busy ones as were unexpectedly offered a variety of
bulbs from the MPGA under their 'bulbs for London' initiative. In all
we recieved nearly 700 bulbs, including Alliums, Hyacinths, Narcissi and
Daffodils. All the bulbs were kindly donated by Taylors.
The urban orchard became a patchwork of
square holes as we peeled back the turf and planted the bulbs. It was
back-breaking work but hopefully worth it when they pop up the
Shop at Waitrose Beckenham in January!!
We have been chosen by Waitrose for
the second time to be part of their 'good causes' campaign in January.
So hopefully you will remember from last time that you can pick up the
green tokens at the check-out and put them in the relevant perspex box.
A little trick is if you don't have much shopping you can go to the
self service check out and they have pots of the tokens where you can
take as many as you like. The more tokens we get the more money they
will give us. So happy shopping!
Other Work at Winsford
Amongst all the hard work we managed to have
our Christmas BBQ which we all very much enjoyed, especially the mulled
wine and burgers!
We also completed the 3rd bench at the Garden Road entrance of the
garden. We will all enjoy having somewhere to sit when we have our tea
and hopefully the public will make use of it too!
One of our volunteers took a course in fruit tree pruning and so our
urban orchard had it's first pruning which will make the trees (pear,
quince, plum etc) strong and healthy for the spring.
We have also pruned back many of the unrulier plants and generally given
the bushes a good short, back and sides which also had the added bonus
of giving us more space in the borders to plant bulbs.
Looking forward to 2015
Our first day back will be Wednesday 7th January.
The committee has been busy submitting entries to a number of award
schemes including Keep Britain Tidy Diamond Jubilee Partnership Award;
City of London Growing Localities award scheme; and planning to submit
an entry to Green Flag Community Award in the new year.
All of these awards will help to bring to
fruition projects that we are planning for the new year. They include a
woodland walk behind the wildflower meadows and new composting bays in
the growing area.
We still wait to hear from the council whether we will lose a section of
the growing area to the next door development. If we don't then we can
proceed with plans for a composting toilet.
can still also use Easyfundraising is an easy and free way to support
the Penge Green Gym. When you buy items on the internet from well known
shops such as John Lewis and Amazon, you can sign up to Easyfunding
and they will donate a percentage to Penge Green Gym. To sign up, go to
www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/pengegreengym. You can also help
by downloading the easfundraising christmas pack and print of posters
and flyers and add our name.