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Sunday, 30 August 2015

Penge Green Gym Newsletter August 2015

Dear Penge Green Gym Supporters A very British summer BBQ! The volunteers of the Penge Green Gym weren't daunted by the wind and rain for our summer BBQ last Wednesday. There were times when the gazebo nearly took off but we had fun regardless of the challenging conditions! Representatives from Bromley council, the Landscape group, TCV and local Councillor Pete Fookes were there to help us celebrate another great year and all enjoyed the good food on offer. Winners with Cultivation Street and Green Flag Awards! We are excited to announce that we are winners of the Pollination Street award from Cultivation Street. These annual awards in conjunction with the Mirror help to encourage front gardens and community gardens. We have been mentioned in today's Mirror - www.mirror.co.uk/news/real-life-stories/cultivation-street-garden-groups-doing-6348888, unfortunately the pictures have been mixed up so look for Cyril and the bug boxes and our bog garden! We will be receiving £500 in national garden gift vouchers which is very gratefully received. Many thanks to our volunteer Dave Fergusson for putting us forward for this award. Dave also put us forward for the Green Flag Awards. The Green Flag Award® Scheme recognises and rewards the best green spaces. In 2015, a record number of awards were made with 1582 parks and green spaces currently flying a Green Flag or Green Flag Community Award. Well done again Dave! Projects in the garden The woodland path is coming along at great speed and will soon be ready for lining and filling with gravel. As we move into autumn and winter we will be looking at new projects in the growing area such as new bays to hold deliveries of soil improver and wood chip. And also we can now move ahead with plans for our composting toilet! The bog garden and wildflower have been in full bloom although have now died down but have been a haven for wildlife of all kinds. Easyfundraising You 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.

Penge Green Gym - Cultivation Street Special Category Winner 2015

Today the Winners of the special categories were announced in the national Cultivation Street competition and Penge Green Gym won the Pollination Street award. As well as receiving £500 of National Garden Centre Gift Vouchers, this award recognises Penge Green Gym as a gardening group making a real difference in their community. Cultivation Street is a campaign for front gardens and community gardening which aims to:
Bring back front gardens and revitalise our streets Promote and support community gardening projects Inspire people to take up gardening and grow their green skills Bring communities together through gardening activities
They have £20,000 of National Gardening Gift Vouchers to give away including the top prize of £10,000 of vouchers for the overall winner of Cultivation Street. New this year, the Pollination Street award was given to the best community gardening project that is creating a space for wildlife to flourish. That could be sowing wildflowers, building bug hotels or creating a full-blown wildlife sanctuary. The special category winners were announced in the Sunday People this morning: