This year, Wendell Park Gardening friends will once again be setting out our stalls at two wonderful pre-Christmas events where you will be able to pick up all sorts of fabulous plants and hand-crafted presents in time for the festive season. Do come along to meet us there and to support us and others in the local community at these are very jolly and worthwhile occasions!
The Askew Road Library Craft Fair on Saturday 16 November 2019, from 10am to 4pm; and
Kite Studios Winter Fair on Saturday 30th November from 3pm to 7pm
We will give a brief report on the year’s activities and the financial position of WPGF and try to address any queries, concerns, comments or suggestions you might have. We look forward to seeing you there.
If you are unable to attend but have any issues you would like us to raise, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We were delighted to welcome two groups of Corporate Volunteers who, under the watchful eyes of idverde’s Green Space Development Team set to work on repainting the park railings by the Hartswood Road entrance. They also helped remove some of the stubborn ivy that was clinging to the railings at the back of the St Saviour’s Vicarage.
We look forward to getting involved with further teams of helpers in due course as the railings restoration project is one that will need to be delivered over the course of many months, if not years!
We are delighted to announce that Wendell Park has been awarded Green Flag status, a tremendous achievement that richly rewards all the hard work put in by idverde and by WPGF over the course of the last two years. You can read about it on LBHF’s website here
Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag scheme – now in its 23rd year – uses strict criteria to identify parks with the highest standards of cleanliness, horticulture and facilities.
It recognises and rewards well managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces across the UK and around the world.
Expert judges visit all the applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.
A flagpole with our Green Flag will be put up this autumn.
We’re delighted to share the news that Wendell Park Gardening Friends won the ‘Improving our Environment’ category in LBHF’s Civic Honours. The winners were announced in a ceremony at Hammersmith Town Hall on 12th June.
This is an award for everyone who’s helped us make the park even greener – the volunteer gardeners; those who’ve donated money so helping us to raise £10,000; local businesses who’ve given us equipment; the 28th Hammersmith Scouts Group who planted bulbs; the pupils of Wendell Park School and support from the local council, to name but a few.
This is a community project – our aim is to make the park a better place for everyone to enjoy. And just as gratifying as the award are the comments and compliments we get from passers-by. It’s worth the hard work digging, planting and watering to know that our efforts will be enjoyed for years to come.
Congratulations to Frances and Caroline for setting up a lovely stall on Starch Green at the May Madness festival. They managed to sign up quite a few new members to WPGF as well as raising nearly £70 from the sale of plants, seeds and homemade cakes and jam to help buy more plants, compost and tools for the park!
We received another large delivery of shrubs and plants on the 10thMay, fortunately after a day of heavy rain which made it much easier for the volunteers to dig them into the south border. This has made a great difference to the appearance of the western end of this bed and several gaps have now been successfully filled in.
On the north side of the park, pupils from Wendell Park School have planted seeds at the eastern part of the narrow border which runs between the dog exercise area and Cobbold Road and these are doing well, particularly the sunflowers. The Gardening Friends have also planted a small herb garden at the western end of this border which transformed this formerly overgrown area into a very interesting corner.
The ideal growing conditions of the last few weeks has also benefitted the weeds which have sprung to life and are aggressively colonising the borders. We are doing our best to keep them under control and are hoping that as many volunteers as possible will come to help with weeding, feeding and watering on Saturday 1st June from 10am and on every 1st Saturday of the month over the summer and autumn.