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.
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.