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Thursday, 21 June 2018

Penge Green Gym Summer Newsletter

Penge Green Gym Newsletter

A Fantastic Open Day and an exciting visitor!

What a wonderful, sunny day we had for our 7th annual open day.   Lots of local families came to help us celebrate another fantastic year in this wonderful park.  The children enjoyed getting their faces painted by our very talented volunteer Ching who also made balloon animals!  They also ran around the park finding clues to the treasure hunt.  We had fabulous music from Musica Medioca who we thank for their continued support, and the wonderful harpist Iona Duncan.  It was our best open day yet and we look forward to welcoming the local community to many more.  

Deputy Mayor Matthew Ryder and

Team London visit Winsford Gardens

As part of his tour of all the London boroughs deputy mayor Matthew Ryder and his colleagues from Team London came to visit Penge Green Gym at Winsford Gardens.  He toured the park, met our volunteers and learnt about the work Penge Green Gym does in the park.  He even planted a geranium for us.  We have named it Matthew Ryder!



We are sending out notification for our next AGM on Wednesday 11th July 2018.
WEDNESDAY 11th July 2018, 12.30pm

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Penge Festival Events

Our Open Day on Sunday 3rd June is just a very small part of the 3-week long 46th Annual Penge Festival which kicks off on Saturday 2nd with the Penge Fete in Royston Recreation Ground. More details of all the other events here:

On Wednesday 6th June, the Deputy Mayor of London [social integration, social mobility and community engagement], Mathew Ryder QC is visiting Winsford Gardens, Penge, between 3-3.45pm. Our Gardening session will be re-arranged, to run from 12.30-3.45pm. We hope you can come as he wants to hear your views on volunteering. 1st - 7th June is also the national #VolunteersWeek

We are also going to be in Winsford Gardens on the following Sunday 10th as part of the London Parks &Gardens Trust's Open Garden Squares Weekend. More details on that here:

Sunday, 27 May 2018

Early Summer Newsletter

Penge Green Gym Newsletter

1 Week to go!

Preparations are well under way for Penge Green Gyms annual open day on Sunday 3rd June.  Come along with friends and family and enjoy a lovely day out in Winsford Gardens!

Open Garden Squares Weekend

If you can't make along next Sunday we are also a part of the Open Garden Squares Weekend on Sunday10th June.  You can come along and have a chat with one of our volunteers about the garden and the work the volunteers do there.  Tickets for other gardens can also be bought from us.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Winsford Gardens Annual Open Day 2018

Penge Green Gym is delighted to announce our annual Winsford Gardens Open Day will be held on Sunday 3rd June as part of the popular Penge Festival activities.

Starts at 11am and finish at 4pm.

Penge Green Gym has now been running for over seven years, and this will be the seventh time we have held an Open Day to show off our many achievements and aims. 

Last year the weather was kind to us, and we are hoping for some of the same summer sun this year.

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

For more information see Facebook 
or Twitter @GreenGymPenge

For previous Open Days see our website:

Monday, 7 May 2018

UK parks boost quality of life by £34bn

Parks and green spaces generate health benefits that would cost more than £34bn if they did not exist, research by Fields in Trust has suggested.
The charity, which protects green spaces, also found that parks save the NHS about £111m a year.
The report coincides with the launch of a five-year plan to protect parks.
Green spaces can improve overall health for all, including "the young, isolated and the vulnerable", said parks and green spaces minister Rishi Sunak.
In the report, Revaluing Parks and Green Spaces, it is calculated that people would need to spend £974 each year to achieve the same level of life satisfaction they get from parks if they were not there.
That individual figure was then multiplied by the adult population, and the findings showed that parks generate more than £34bn of benefits.
The total cost saved by the NHS is based only on prevented GP appointments and does not include savings from non-referrals for treatments and prescriptions.The research comes at a time when 95% of park professionals say they are concerned about the lack of investment in green spaces, and 16% of people believe their local park is under threat of being built on.
Fields in Trust, which protects more than 2,700 spaces in the UK, has also launched a five-year strategy aimed at bringing 75% of the population within a 10-minute walk of a green space by 2022.
"Our parks are precious and I want to improve access to them for everyone," said Mr Sunak.
"These findings will play an important role in informing how we achieve this goal."

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Get to Know us Better - upcoming Winsford Gardens Events in June

Annual Winsford Gardens Open Day 
Sunday 3rd June 2018 from 11 am - 4 pm

Details on our website

Open Garden Squares Weekend 
Winsford Gardens tours on 
Sunday 10th June 2018 from 1 pm - 4 pm

Details on our website