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Penge Green Gym

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Hello Green Gymers

It’s nearing the end of summer and we have been lucky to enjoy a long spell of fantastic weather...

However, with the lack of rain the sun drenched gardens are looking a little sorry for themselves with droopy hedgerows, thirsty orchard trees, wilting borders and bolting veg. Penge Green Gym volunteers came out in great numbers this week ready to water, mulch, feed and generally give the gardens some much needed TLC! The highlight was using our very own home-made compost as mulch for the orchard trees and hedgerows. Over the next few months we'll be working to mulch the gardens further to protect plants from cooler weather and keep the moisture in.

But great news....rain is forecast over the weekend so the gardens will get a great big drink. They deserve it!

Penge Green Gym go hunting for inspriration...
After the Green Gym this week, 14 Green Gymers headed off in the Give2give minibus over to Grow Mayow Community Garden in Lower Sydenham. This beautiful spot is home to a wide diversity of plants, a fantastic refuge for wildlife, and valuable educational centre. The aim of our trip was to gather thoughts and ideas for Winsford Gardens and the sustainability of Penge Green Gym moving forward. Some great ideas for planting and habitat creation were sprung. Unfortunately we were not able to access the main gardens and receive a guided tour so if there is enough interest this tour can be re-arranged for a future date.
Willow cut on Thursday 27th September

There is an additional opportunity next Thursday 27th September to join the Action for Croydon's Environment team at Heavers Meadow to collect willow. This material will be used in Green Gym sessions over the coming months to repair and replace the weaved fences in Winsford Gardens.

We will work alongside the Croydon team in their annual willow coppice so a limited number of places are available - please respond to this email by Monday 24th September if you would like to take part. We will be meeting at Heavers Meadow at 10am and working until around 3pm. Don't forget your packed lunch!

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.
For more information visit www.tcv.org.uk
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