We have had some bright sunny days in the
garden but also the biting north wind has been blowing making gardening
challenging. A recent storm also damaged the large twisted willow,
taking down a large branch. This has now been cleared and hopefully the
tree will be no worse for wear.
We need your help
This May Penge Green Gym has been chosen by
Waitrose Community Matters to receive a share of the £1000 pot donated
by Waitrose each month to local causes. We need your help to fill the
box with tokens. Just go along to Waitrose Beckenham and collect a
token from the checkout. Even better, go to the self-service checkouts
where there are pots of tokens and take as many as you like to put in
the perspex box. We would be very grateful if you could let anyone you
know who shops in Waitrose Beckenham to support us.
we have now filled one raised bed with
plants and an irrigation system made of old plastic bottles with holes
in that will hopefully slowly feed water to the plants on very dry days.
We are trying out a new system called Hugelkultur in the 2nd raised
bed. This involves putting wood and turned over turf underneath a layer
of topsoil. This will hopefully keep in the moisture and the wood will
slowly rot down providing nutrients for the plants above.
A special visit
Yesterday, our original leader and all round
TCV guru Lizzy Kaimakamis came to spend the day with us. Lizzy was
instrumental in setting up the Penge Green Gym and gave us the knowledge
and confidence to become a strong and stable community group. Lizzy
will be going on maternity leave very soon and as a thank you for all
her hard work over the years we presented her with a very special Penge
Green Gym t-shirt. We wish you all the very best and hope to see both
of you very soon.
We would like to welcome Mary to the fold.
Mary is a yoga teacher so we look forward to learning some good
The day you've been waiting for, it's our annual open day. Put the date in your diaries, it's Sunday 12th June.
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