Thursday, 31 October 2019

Mayfair property developers fence off Croydon Play Space and Garden

From Croydon and Sutton Guardian

From Inside Croydon

Greedy property developers, who are trying to bully a group of neighbours off the community gardens they have created in South Norwood, have erected a six-foot fence around a children’s play area in Love Lane without seeking any planning permission.......

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Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Penge Green Gym picks up National Conservation Award

Penge Green Gym picks up National Conservation Award

Article published in The Bromley Times from TCV press release.

The Penge Green Gym runs outdoor gardening events so residents can keep fit in a different way, and preserve the environment.
Now the team of volunteers have received special recognition at a national event organised by The Conservation Volunteers, or TCV.
The "gym" is run as a community conservation group and has won the Special Recognition Awards at TCV's 60th Anniversary Hero Awards.
Keith Rodwell and Anne Gibney received the award at City Hall in London on Wednesday, October 23.
TCV runs green gyms around the UK and its managing director Craig Lister said this award for Penge was a surprise for its recipients.
The group, supported by intu Bromley and London Borough of Bromley, was created to gather local volunteers with the common aim to transform Winsford Gardens, a hidden green space which previously only attracted anti-social behaviour.
Penge Green Gym became independent in 2013 and is run be a locally based and fully constituted community group.
TCV spokesman Amy Brighton said: "This is an outdoor fitness working in conservation for your health.
"Green gyms are fun and free outdoor sessions where users are guided in practical activities such as planting trees, sowing meadows and establishing wildlife ponds.
"The emphasis is very much on health and fitness - volunteers warm up and cool down in preparation for a range of light to vigorous activities to suit all abilities.
"In fact, almost a third more calories can be burnt in some Green Gym sessions than in an average aerobics class."
TCV said it developed the Green Gym concept to combat the loss of around a third of the UK's natural assets being lost to development or degraded through neglect, enabling volunteers to protect their local green spaces and to take part in practical activity that benefits both their physical and mental health.
Craig said: "Penge Green Gym has created a truly sustainable community group to look after Winsford Gardens is the result 
of the hard work of many 
local volunteers and we are delighted to celebrate their valuable work.
"You really have transformed the gardens and the community."

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

TCV Hero Awards, 23rd October 2019, City Hall, London

Two of our #Penge Green Gym volunteers representing us at the #TCVHeroAwards today at City Hall, London and receiving a Special Recognition Award. Congratulations also to the Conservation Volunteers who are celebrating their 60th Birthday.
Also thanks for the Postcode Lottery support.

Sunday, 6 October 2019

Penge Green Gym Newsletter October 2019

Penge Green Gym Newsletter October 2019

Penge Green Gym Newsletter

QAVS awards ceremony,
Green Flag volunteer of the year
Penge in Bloom

It has been a truly exciting summer for all the volunteers at Penge Green Gym.  Beginning with the ceremony for the Queens Awards for Voluntary Services, 4 volunteers were lucky enough to go to the ceremony held at the Sainsbury's headquarters in London.  Lord Lieutenant Ken Olisa handed out awards to over 20 voluntary groups from the London area who had been recognised for their work in the community.

Next, our own Tomasz Wilshire was nominated for the Keep Britain Tidy volunteer of the year 2019.  Not only did he win, but the vote was unanimous and Paul Todd from Green Flag came and surprised Tomasz with the award.  His parents and grand parents who were visiting from Poland were also able to attend which made a very special event.

And last but not least, Penge Green Gym (Friends of Winsford Gardens) won 'Most Environmentally friendly plot or garden' at the Penge In Bloom awards.  We chose a bird box as our prize which will be put up on one of the trees in the gardens. A big thank you to Alexandra Nurseries for hosting with lovely tea and cakes.

Beautiful autumn colours at Winsford Gardens

The weather so far has been mild but as the nights draw in and thoughts turn to putting the heating on the plants have responded with deep reds and yellows.  Although we try and keep the gardens tidy it is also important not to be too tidy as the invertebrates and birds are making the most of the seed heads and late flowering plants such as ivy, preparing for the winter months.