Saturday, 11 November 2017

Penge Green Gym Newsletter Late Autumn 2017

Penge Green Gym Newsletter


Dear Penge Green Gym Supporters

Exciting news about the Skipton grant
Penge in Bloom

We are excited to announce that Penge Green Gym has been picked by Skipton as one of the 164 community groups to secure a £500 grant.  Over 40,000 votes were cast.  We are very grateful to everyone that voted and we can now go ahead with plans for a new seat with a back.  This will be one of our winter projects.  Thank you all.

We are also very excited that we have won Penge in Blooms 'most environmentally friendly garden' award.  Brenda and Jane collected the certificate and prize of a lovely hand fork from Alexandra Nurseries in Penge. We would like to thank the ongoing support of the Penge Partners and hopefully we'll be back again next year!  

Autumn is upon us
With autumn now in full swing we are getting on with projects to tidy up the garden for the winter, making repairs to bed edging and creating new pathways in the growing area.  We are also preparing one of the wildflower meadows for rotivating by Ideverde so that we can start the process of turning it into a dry gravel garden.  Once the rotivation has taken place we will put a membrane down to supress the weeds and then a layer of gravel.  In the spring we will start to plant with drought tolerant plants and other pollinator friendly plants.  This project was funded by the Tesco bags of help scheme.  This also includes our new wildlife pond which is doing well in the growing area.

Also a big job this time of year is raking the leaves off the grass.  Last years leaf mulch has been spread over the flower beds and makes a great weed suppressant and protects the plants from the worst of the weather.

Whilst clearing the wildflower meadow we also found a toad (we think, please let us know if we are wrong!) hiding in the long grass.  We think it may have been a female as she was very round!  She has been relocated to the bog garden to hopefully see out the winter in peace.

Although we have had a couple of strong storms early in the season autumn continues to provide some lovely colours and textures.


Notice of General Meeting

A general meeting will be held on 13th December at Winsford Gardens at 12.30pm to get registered approval from volunteer members to ratify updates and review the PGG/Friends of Winsford Gardens Constitution.  

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