Saturday, 23 October 2021

Penge Green Gym Newsletter October 2021

 

Penge Green Gym Newsletter

 


Summer celebrations and Autumn awards


In September we were able to celebrate our 10th birthday as Penge Green.  We were very excited that so many people could join us including old volunteers and stakeholders who heard about our progress over the years.  It was not just a celebration of the years of hard work but also of the lasting friendships made along the way. 

We were very happy that Geoffrey A Thompson DL, representing the greater London Lieutenancy for the QAVS awards was able to come and  also members of TCV old and new, Lizzy Kaimakamis, our first project officer and Rachel Hoyes and James Squires current TCV members along with members of Idverde and local councillors.




Green Flag awards, London in Bloom, Cultivation Street and more!
 

For the 7th consecutive year Penge Green Gym was awarded a Community Green Flag Award. Commenting on the news that Winsford Gardens has achieved the Green Flag Award standard, Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd said: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making Winsford Gardens worthy of a Green Flag Award. To meet the requirements demanded by the scheme is testament to the hard work of the staff and volunteers who do so much to ensure that Winsford Gardens has high standards of horticulture, safety and environmental management and is a place that supports people to live healthy lives.”

A year in which Winsford Gardens has also been awarded 2nd place in the Cultivation Street, Best Ecological Garden competition, received a Silver Gilt prize in the London in Bloom, Environmental Challenge, and an Outstanding in the London in Bloom, It’s Your Neighbourhood competition. 

We have also received a cheque from Waitrose community matters and funding for planting spring bulbs from the MPGA.

All in all we've had a bumper year of awards and the community group goes from strength to strength.  Well done to all our hard working volunteers!



 
 
Easyfundraising
 
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Thursday, 14 October 2021

Winsford Gardens flies the flag today as one of the country’s best open spaces.

 

Winsford Gardens flies the flag today as one of the country’s best open spaces.

In a record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award, as the scheme marks its Silver Jubilee, Winsford Gardens is one of 2127 celebrating success today, and is one of 47 Community Green Flag Award winners in London, and celebrates along with 7 of LB Bromley parks managed by idverde.



Today, Penge Green Gym is raising a Green Flag at Winsford Gardens, our 7th consecutive year of winning a Community Green Flag Award.



This award is the international quality mark for parks and green spaces.

After 18 months that have seen our parks and green spaces play a vital role for people through lockdowns as a place to relax, exercise and meet friends and family safely, the news that Winsford Gardens has achieved the Green Flag Award is testament to the hard work and dedication of Penge Green Gym that make the green space a great space that everyone can enjoy.

Winsford Gardens joins parks and green spaces as diverse as the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, Woodhouse Park in Peterlee and Chiswick Old Cemetery in London.

Commenting on the news that Winsford Gardens has achieved the Green Flag Award standard, Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd said: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making Winsford Gardens worthy of a Green Flag Award.”

“To meet the requirements demanded by the scheme is testament to the hard work of the staff and volunteers who do so much to ensure that Winsford Gardens has high standards of horticulture, safety and environmental management and is a place that supports people to live healthy lives.”

The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of green spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.

In celebration of this year’s announcement, Green Flag Award is asking buildings and monuments around the UK to #GoGreenForParks today to show appreciation for the spaces that mean so much to people.



However, very few Friends of Parks groups apply for Community Green Flag Awards on their green spaces, with only 47 in whole of London. We believe many more could and should.

This Award also tops off a very successful 10th year for Penge Green Gym who go from strength to strength. A year in which Winsford Gardens has also been awarded 2nd place in the Cultivation Street, Best Ecological Garden competition, received a Silver Gilt prize in the London in Bloom, Environmental Challenge, and an Outstanding  in the London in Bloom, It’s Your Neighbourhood competition.



Thursday, 27 May 2021

Pop-up Plant & Cake Sale

Vegetables, fruit bushes,

herbs, flowering plants

at Winsford Gardens on
Sunday 6th June from 12pm Cash only Bring your own bags Covid restrictions apply Croydon Road, SE20 7SS



Sunday, 18 April 2021

Penge Green Gym Newsletter Spring 2021

 

Penge Green Gym Newsletter

 


Spring at Winsford Gardens



After what seemed like a very long, cold winter, spring and an easing of the lockdown has come to Winsford Gardens.  We are still keeping our teams small but we are excited to get back to work.  And spring brings lots of jobs with it

Our rose beds have been weeded and a new layer of compost from our own compost bins has been added to keep the weeds down (hopefully).  The compost bins are now in a poor state so we are starting to repair them.  We are also starting to repair our hazel fences and recently went to a TCV site in South Croydon to collect coppiced hazel.  Many thanks to Peter Underwood at TCV for his help.  We have also cut some willow from Royston Fields to repair our dead hedges.



We have also been creating a border for our gravel garden to define the path.  It was quite a task digging through the clay and sometimes hardcore but we think the result was worth it.  We will be doing the same thing on the other side.

We are also very excited to see frogspawn again in our growing area wildlife pond.  Hopefully we will have lots of tadpoles this summer, watch this space!




We are all very excited to be back in these beautiful gardens and they certainly put on a fantastic display this time of year!  We hope to be able to celebrate our 10th anniversary with everyone this summer but whatever happens we know the gardens will continue to be enjoyed by all who visit.  


    
 
Easyfundraising
 
Easyfundraising is a great way to support Penge Green Gym.  With Easyfundraising every time you shop, a small donation is made to Penge Green Gym.  If you would like to help us, go to https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/pengegreengym/ and sign up.  It's totally free and helps us with all forthcoming projects.  Many thanks.

Thursday, 24 December 2020

Penge Green Gym Newsletter December 2020

 

Penge Green Gym Newsletter

 


Seasons Greetings from Penge Green Gym



As we come to the end of this extraordinary year we would like to wish all of our supporters and volunteers happiness and health at Christmas and a hopeful new year. 

Throughout the year we have faced challenges like everyone else.  During the first lockdown a skeleton crew of volunteers kept an eye on the park doing essential maintenance where necessary.  When we were allowed to begin our Wednesday sessions once again it was heart warming to welcome back our loyal gang of volunteers.  We stayed safe and took advantage of the fine summer weather to create new features such as the new gravel garden sign, leaf mulch area and continue looking after the park's many flowers, shrubs and trees.  We were also awarded our 6th Green Flag.  


A year in pictures at Winsford Gardens


   
  


    


    


  
 
Our abiding memory of this year in the park is the connection we made with so many people (some, finding the park for the first time) who came to sit, play, walk their dog or just enjoy this beautiful greenspace in the heart of Penge.  We were especially excited to meet so many of you at our impromptu pop-up plant sale.  Thank you for all your kind comments.  

Those using the park at the moment will possibly notice that we are renovating the mound which has suffered from it's popularity, becoming quite bald!  We are stabilising it with tyres which will make fun steps to climb up it. We look forward to completing this and other projects in the new year.  We also hope that the new year brings better news for everyone.  We also hope to hold a celebration of our 10th year as Penge Green Gym.  You will all be welcome!
 
 

Easyfundraising
 
Easyfundraising is a great way to support Penge Green Gym.  With Easyfundraising every time you shop, a small donation is made to Penge Green Gym.  If you would like to help us, go to https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/pengegreengym/ and sign up.  It's totally free and helps us with all forthcoming projects.  Many thanks.

Monday, 9 November 2020

Penge Green Gym Newsletter (November 2020 Extra Edition)

 

Penge Green Gym Newsletter

 



Projects to get involved in during lockdown



We have been approached by 2 different organisations who would like to found out about the beneficial effects of gardening and volunteering.  The first is from Peter Moore member of the British Pain Society wanting to interview people on the benefits of gardening especially on people with health conditions (physical or mental).  If you would like to get involved you can contact him at https://www.paintoolkit.org/contact.


The second being from Andy Harrod of Lancaster University want to know the long term benefits of attending outdoor activities for people between 15-29. These are the details - 

Group activities in nature and long-term wellbeing is a PhD research project exploring the experiences of people who take part in outdoor group activity programmes and the impact of attending them on their long-term wellbeing.
 
The aim of this study is to explore the longevity of benefits to participants’ wellbeing from attending outdoor group activity programmes during the ages of 16-29, by considering the impact on their wellbeing at the time and over their life. It is important we develop understanding of the factors at the activities and in people’s lives that support improvements to wellbeing over time and the factors which prevent this from happening as well.
 
Participants need to have attended:
  • during the ages of 16-29 (can be older now and still attending),
  • at least 5 years ago or if still attending started at least 5 years ago,
  • an adventure, environmental conservation, exercise, farming, or gardening programme.
 
Taking part involves two activities, producing a timeline representing specific experiences over your life and taking photos of a place you go to for your wellbeing, and two interviews. The activities will take around 15-45 minutes each and the interviews will be between 1-2 hours. The interviews will be by video chat or phone.
 
Further information about the study and taking part is at 
https://wp.lancs.ac.uk/greencareandwellbeing/. I am happy to answer any questions and discuss taking part with you via email, a.harrod1@lancaster.ac.uk, or phone 01524 594710. Thank you for your consideration, Andy Harrod.


These surveys are completely voluntary and Penge Green Gym is not affiliated with either of these organisations. 

Finally, there is an ongoing consultation from Bromley Council or an extension to the alcohol free zone.  This is open until 27 November if you would like to have your say.   The link is -  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/QYB5CFF

 
 

Easyfundraising
 
Are you thinking of doing some or all of your Christmas shopping online this year? Easyfundraising is a great way to support Penge Green Gym.  With Easyfundraising every time you shop, a small donation is made to Penge Green Gym.  If you would like to help us, go to https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/pengegreengym/ and sign up.  It's totally free and helps us with all forthcoming projects.  Many thanks.

We'll be back in December!

Saturday, 7 November 2020

Penge Green Gym Newsletter November 2020

 


Penge Green Gym Newsletter

 



Green Flags, a new sign

and

Lockdown 2 (the sequel)



As of this week we have all entered the 2nd lockdown of the year.  We know that the park has been a real sanctuary for locals.  A place for people wanting to get out for exercise and to walk the dog and we hope that everyone can carry on enjoying it into the winter months.

Sadly our normal volunteering sessions have been put on hold for a month, but before that happened we were busy getting the park ready for the winter months, doing many autumn chores such as taking cuttings, tidying raised beds, adding manure to the roses and turning the compost heaps.  We have also been carrying out maintenance on a bench that needs replacing and creating a new leaf mulch area by the woodland path using deadhedges as walls.  This will come in very handy as the leaf drop is now in full swing.

  


We have also completed and installed our new 'Gravel Garden' sign.  This gives our visitors some information about the gravel garden and Beth Chatto the gardener who inspired it's creation.  


Green Flag 2020
 
We are excited to announce that we have received a Green Flag for the 6th year in a row. The objective of the Green Flag Award scheme is to encourage the provision of good quality public parks and green spaces that are managed in environmentally sustainable ways. The Green Flag Award helps to create public recognition of good quality green spaces and people’s confidence in them. The Award aspires to raise expectations of what a public green space can offer.  Well done to all the volunteers keeping the park in such fantastic shape.





The park has certainly shown off this autumn, with some spectacular displays of berries and leaves.  It continues to look very colourful (our roses are still going strong too!)  Look out for Cosmos, Sedums, Dogwood and Holly amongst many others.


 

Easyfundraising
 
Are you thinking of doing some or all of your Christmas shopping online this year? Easyfundraising is a great way to support Penge Green Gym.  With Easyfundraising every time you shop, a small donation is made to Penge Green Gym.  If you would like to help us, go to https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/pengegreengym/ and sign up.  It's totally free and helps us with all forthcoming projects.  Many thanks.

We'll be back in December!