Once again Penge Green Gym has been chose as a recipient of the Waitrose Community matters fund during February. You can help us by going to Waitrose in Beckenham and putting a green token (or 2) in the box behind the self service check out tills. The money will go towards the ongoing maintenance at Winsford Gardens. Thanks in advance for your help.
A blustery spring in Winsford Gardens
Although not too cold with very little frost to speak of the new year has brought it's own challenges. As you will all have experienced the wind and rain has caused significant problems in the area and Winsford Gardens is no different. For the first time we had to abandon a gardening session due to boggy conditions. The park is still very wet under foot so caution is advised when walking on the grass as it is very slippery. Despite the inclement weather (and possibly because it has been so warm and wet) many of our bulbs are already out and making the gardens look very colourful.
We are now looking forward to the spring and have started some exciting new projects. We have been lucky enough to get some large water containers which will be very useful for the dry months in the summer. We are going to be covering them with green roofs and covering the sides so that the water remains fresh.
We have also started some work at our sister site in Royston Fields. We have removed grass from the base of the new trees and filled with woodchip. We have also surveyed the area with Idverde's biodiversity officer and we hope to share some ideas for Royston Fields with the local community in the coming months.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all the volunteers at Winsford Gardens
2019 has turned out to be a very exciting year for Penge Green Gym at Winsford Gardens. We have continued to attract new volunteers whilst keeping a strong foundation of 'old hands'. Amongst our achievements we were honoured with a Queen's Awards for Voluntary Service 2019 and our volunteer Thomasz was named 'Volunteer of the year' by Green Flag Awards. We also received an award from Penge In Bloom and would like to thank our friends in Penge for their support.
As conservation volunteers, we continue to be committed to improving the park for all the local residents and our aim is always to improve the environment for wildlife and plantlife who make the park their home.
We are looking forward to all the exciting projects we are planning in 2020 and hope to see you all next year.