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 https://www.skiptongrg.co.uk/apply-for-funding/2017-shortlisted-groups/london/friends-of-winsford-gardens-[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 http://www.greenflagaward.org.uk/award-winners/?utm_source=GFA_List&utm_medium=email&utm_content=GFA_List_010917_GFA_Peoples_Choice.
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!
Thesmall 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.