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Saturday, 9 September 2017

Penge Green Gym Early Autumn Newsletter 2017

Penge Green Gym Newsletter


Dear Penge Green Gym Supporters

Skipton Grassroots Giving 2017

We are delighted to announce we have been shortlisted for this years Skipton Grassroots Giving award.  Out of over 700 groups shortlisted 164 will given £500 each depending on how many votes they get from the public.  This is where you can help us.  Please go into a branch or go to this address[also-known-as-penge-green-gym]/ and vote for us.  All they require is an email address to verify the votes.  Votes will be counted in October and the winning groups will be notified.  If we win this award we will be creating more seating with backs for the enjoyment of everyone visiting the gardens.

And if you are still in the mood you can vote for us at the Green Flag Award People's Choice 2017

People can decide which are the top 10 parks in the UK. 
Projects in August

This summer has seen the volunteers busy digging, sawing, clearing and eating soggy sausages!

 small wildlife pond has been dug in the growing area and lined.  As you can see Keith was trying it out as a hot tub but the heavens opened soon afterwards and it is already full of rainwater.  We will soon be stocking it with plants to encourage the local wildlife and invertebrates.

The new raised beds are also well underway in the growing area, we have also been busy digging out tough roots of alder and sycamore, it's quite a workout!  The bed next to our shed is being slowly clearly of non flowering dog roses and other weeds to make room for new planting.

Our annual BBQ stood out as being the wettest on record but it didn't stop us enjoying a sausage or two under the gazebo.  Thanks to Wendy for lending us the gazebo and BBQ.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Love Parks Week

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Penge Green Gym Supporters

Love Parks Week is here!

Show your love for your park - 14-23 July 2017

Join in with the 100 million visits to UK parks this #LoveParks Week (14 -23 July) and tell 
the world why you love your park.

And please join the volunteers at Winsford Gardens for tea

and homemade scones and jam at 12.30pm on Wednesday 19th July.

Love Parks Week, now in its 11th year, is Britain’s biggest celebration of these valuable spaces. 
Penge Green Gym at Winsford Gardens is joining the celebration, and encouraging everyone to
share why they love Winsford Gardens.
This #LoveParks Week, we are encouraging as many people as possible to go out and enjoy their
local park. Take a photo, video or simply post on social media, using the hashtag #LoveParks, 
telling the world why you love your park.
Using this tide of public support, with people sharing how much parks matter to them and why, 
environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy will campaign to secure the quality of parks for future 
generations to enjoy. 

In Other News
Fabulous Open Day 2017!

Lots of fun was had by all at this years open day.  We were blessed with wonderful weather and a visit from 

the new Mayor Kathy Bance.    Lots of faces were painted and lots of cakes were enjoyed.  Once again we 

enjoyed wonderful music from Musica Mediocre.  Our new hopscotch was a great success and children 

explored the park whilst doing the treasure hunt.  

A Sad Farewell

We have to say a sad farewell to one of our longest serving volunteers.  Chris is moving on 

to pastures new but has played an integral role in at the gardens.  He is a stalwart of the 

committee keeping our finances in order and will thankfully continue to keep an eye on the 

books.  But he will mainly be missed for his humour and tea making abilities!  

Good Luck Chris!

Copyright © 2017 Penge Green Gym, All rights reserved. 

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Notice of AGM 2017

Penge Green Gym Newsletter


Dear Penge Green Gym Supporters


We are sending out notification for our next AGM on Wednesday 5th July 2017.
WEDNESDAY 5th July 2017, 2.15pm

1. To receive the report from the Chair of the Penge Green Gym Community Group Management Committee for the period since the last Annual General Meeting on 20th July 2016.
2. To receive the report from the Treasurer of the Penge Green Gym Community Group Management Committee for the period since the last Annual General Meeting on 20th July 2016.
3. To elect Management Committee members, officers and leaders as prescribed by the Penge Green Gym Community Group’s constitution.
All current committee members are to resign at this AGM, but are eligible for re-election to the Community Group Management Committee
4. To discuss future programme and projects
5. Any other business
Apologies for absence or nominations for positions on the Management Committee should be submitted to the Secretary, Electra Thompson, prior to the meeting
Electra Thompson
Secretary, Penge Green Gym Community Group Management Committee

Monday, 29 May 2017

Penge Green Gym Newsletter Early Summer 2017

Penge Green Gym Newsletter


Dear Penge Green Gym Supporters

We'd love to see everyone at our open day.  We always have lots of fun come rain or shine! 

Happy Birthday Penge Green Gym

Penge Green Gym is now in it's 6th year and we celebrated with cakes and tea!  Our first ever TCV leader Lizzy came along with the newest, and youngest volunteer!  It was lovely to see her and to show her all that we've been doing at Winsford Gardens. 


Exciting news from
Tesco Bags of Help

Earlier this year we applied to the Tesco bags of help fund for a grant to replace one of our meadows with a dry gravel garden which will hopefully fair better in our warmer, dryer summers.  During March and April customers collected tokens in their local Tesco's and put them towards the 3 projects Tesco were promoting.  We have now been given the exciting news that we collected enough tokens to fully fund the gravel garden.  In the next few months we will start the process of clearing the area of weeds and putting down a membrane to suppress any new growth.  The exciting process of stocking the garden can them begin.

#iVolunteer #WinsfordGardens #GreenGym #Penge #PengeFestival 

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Volunteers Week 1-7 June

Why don’t you come and join us on any Wednesday for a free green “workout” and gardening experience in Winsford Gardens, the home of the Penge Green Gym?

For more information visit our website @ Penge Green Gym

Or Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Penge Green Gym meets in

Winsford Gardens every Wednesday

throughout the year from 11am – 2pm.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Mayor to Attend Winsford Gardens Open Day 4th June 2017

Mayor to Attend Winsford Gardens Open Day 4th June 2017

Penge Green Gym is delighted to announce that this year, our annual Winsford Gardens Open Day will be attended by the new Mayor of Bromley, Katherine Bance MBE. We have invited the newly elected Mayor, and we have been informed by her office that our invitation has been accepted and added to her diary of official engagements. Since our formation in 2011, we have always been supported by the Kathy as a local Councillor and we wish her to have a very successful year as the new Bromley Mayor.

Penge Green Gym has now been running for over six years, and Sunday 4 June will be the sixth time we have held an Open Day to show off our many achievements and aims. As last year, we decided to hold the event on the Sunday following the Penge Festival Fete as a part of the Penge Festival. 

Last year the weather wasn't kind to us, and we are hoping for some summer sun 🌞🌞🌞 this year, even though attendance was great.

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, a treasure hunt, face painting and other kids activities, and live music.

Please forward, retweet, copy this poster, and display wherever or to whoever you think people might be interested.

Winsford Gardens is in Penge, London SE20 with entrances on Croydon Road and Garden Road, and lies between the Travelodge and the Aldi supermarket. It is served by the bus routes: 176, 197, 356, 358, 75. Nearest Network Rail stations are: Kent House or Anerley. Croydon Tramlink: Avenue Road.   

For more information go to
@greengympenge on Twitter
Penge Green Gym on Facebook

Friday, 5 May 2017

May Tips for Butterfly Conservation from "The Secret Gardener"

Let an area of grass grow long or sowing an area with a mix of wildflowers and grasses to provide food and shelter for butterflies, moths and other wildlife.

B&Q has just launched a report called The Nature of Gardens, which summarises 10 simple steps to bring wildlife closer to home. 

Winsford Gardens wildlife meadow

You could collect a handful of seeds from some local grasses, which are then likely to suit your soil.

More of this good advice can be found at:

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Horticulture unites over melanoma

Celebrity gardeners, horticultural organisations and UK garden retailers pledge to fight melanoma.

Charlie Dimmock, Alan Titchmarsh, Andy Sturgeon, David Stevens, Toby Buckland, Anne Swithinbank and Joe Swift are supporting ‘Watch Your Back!’ a melanoma awareness campaign for gardeners devised by the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund. The campaign is partnered by the Garden Centre Association, the Professional Gardeners Guild and The National Allotment Society and supported by nearly 160 garden centres across the UK.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Early Spring 2017 Newsletter



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Dear Penge Green Gym Supporters

New Year and New Projects for

Penge Green Gym

After a chilly couple of months at Winsford Gardens spring is here and new projects are under way.  From our header you will see that Penge Green Gym has been selected by Tesco to receive a donation from it's Bags of help initiative where money collected from the sale of plastics bags goes to community projects.  If you go into any local branch of Tesco during March and April you will see the perspex boxes and the Winsford Gardens Regeneration Project is in the middle.  Please ask the shop assistant to give you a blue token (or 2) to put in the box. The money raised will go towards the regeneration of one of our meadows into a dry gravel flower bed and a bench.  We will also be creating a small wildlife pond in the growing area.

New Signs at Winsford Gardens

We would like to say a big thank you to Ancaster Garages for funding the news signs at both entrances of Winsford Gardens.  We think they really stand out and make the entrances welcoming to passers by.  2 representatives from Ancaster came along to officially 'open' the signs. 

Many other projects are progressing including 2 new, small raised beds which will be planted up with colourful vegetables in the coming weeks.  We have also cleared a lot of overhanging hedging that has been damaging the fence with our neighbours. This will allow repairs to be made by Idverde. We have also created a new dead hedge and removed an Ash tree stump. And much general clearing has been going on in preparation for spring.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Bags of Help #BagsofHelp

Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative across England and Wales. 

This scheme sees three community groups and projects in each of around 200 Tesco regions awarded grants of £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge.

Bags of Help offers community groups and projects across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags. The public will now vote in store throughout March and April on who should receive the £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 awards.

There is more information at the Bags of Help website

Please support the Friends of Winsford Gardens aka Penge Green Gym in our latest project to provide a pond and wildlife area within the gardens to increase diversity and amenity in a valuable local Greenspace within an otherwise heavily built-up part of London.

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more information as we develop and create this latest project. 

Support us by voting for Penge Green Gym with the tokens given with any purchase made at a Tesco store within our London region.


Friends of Winsford Gardens


Sunday, 26 February 2017

Why Green Spaces are Better Spaces

Why Green Spaces are Better Spaces.

We are lucky to live in the UK, a country with an abundance of green spaces.  

It is important that we promote and and renovate these spaces.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Penge Green Gym aims for a cash boost from Tesco Bags of Help

PENGE GREEN GYM needs your votes to bag a share of a supermarket bag charge fund.

More at:

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Exclusive! Interview with an Oak on Death Row

The 150 yr old Vernon Oak is about to be chopped down by Sheffield Council in favour of saving the tarmac. And it isn't alone. Sheffield's Street Trees are to feature in a modern-day St. Valentine's Day Massacre. Yet Mature Urban Trees make Neighbourhoods more pleasant, improve air quality, reduce water use; they even reduce Crime! #SaveSheffTrees

Friday, 3 February 2017

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Exercise to Make a Difference at Green Gym
 "Conservation work is my best workout each week"  Green Gym® volunteer

Friday, 27 January 2017

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Neglected Garden Transformed by Penge volunteers wins Award for Innovation.

Green Fingered Residents See Their Work Bear Fruit as Penge Park Scoops Major Award