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Hello Green Gymers

Thanks to all who came down to the gardens in such high spirits this week on what proved to be a damp autumnal day...

It must have been the difference in the gardens this week that lifted everyone’s spirits. The difference was considerable compared to the desperately dry, cracked beds that we spent much of last week tending to. The rain had perked the gardens up no-end which will give them a boost to keep them looking wonderful well into the autumn.

A great session was spent planting out hollyhocks and foxgloves that the group have grown from seed in the greenhouse. These should form a fantastic display next year as the foxgloves bloom in early summer, and the hollyhocks take us right through into late summer.

One of our insect hotels received much needed repair work, the hotel rooms have been re-filled with pine cones, bamboo, twigs, leaves and rubble to provide luxury accommodation for local invertebrates.
We also chopped, stripped and sorted through the growing piles of compost, filling the compost bins with green waste which will soon turn into rich, crumbly ‘black gold’ to keep our plants at their happiest.

Finally, the second meadow was successfully cut, and the finished flowers raked off to keep the soil fertility low, reducing the competition for wildflowers next year and ensuring a great display.

A great days work achieved!
Willow Coppice

Due to flooding of Heaver’s Meadow, the extra willow coppicing session this week was cancelled. Thanks to all those who volunteered to help out collecting willow for use in Winsford Gardens. We hope  to reschedule and head down to Heaver's Meadow with the Croydon group soon.
Why not visit Sydenham Garden this Saturday for their autumn fair...

a great opportunity to see another community garden in action!

 Saturday 29th September 2012 11am to 3pm

Sale of plants, crafts, homemade jams & chutneys, books, nearly new goods; children's activities; refreshments, homemade cakes and delicious pancakes.
Garden Organic's South London Master Gardeners will have a stall with paper pot making and seed sowing as well as gardening advice.

And of course, you can wander around the garden and the nature reserve, pausing a while on the bridge to watch the pond wildlife. Entrance £1/ concessions 50p.

Entrance gates at 28a Wynell Road SE23 and also at Holland Drive SE23.
Wynell Road is off Mayow Road and a short walk from Forest Hill station for trains, London Overground and buses. 

The Conservation Volunteers Big Green Weekend

Saturday 6 October, 11am to 3.30pm
Railway Fields Nature Reserve
381 Green Lanes, N4 1ES

Do something different with your Saturday and join in the fun
Family Art Activities... Guided walks...Wildlife Photography... Tea and Cake...Green Heroes film Willow Weaving...Bug Skyscrapers...
“Have a go sessions” in Wildlife Conservation Work...

 Opposite Harringay/Green Lanes Station
Booking required for Wildlife Photography session.
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