Sadly, the arrival of coronavirus and the subsequent lockdown measures put in place by HMG put the kibosh on our monthly gardening mornings, although you would know it looking at the park today wit the herbaceous borders putting on a display almost worthy of RHS Chelsea – well not quite, but nonetheless a vast improvement on years past before the dreadful snowberry was ripped out! In fact, the park has never seemed busier than it is right now, partly of course because access to the playground is still restricted; but also, we hope because it has become such a delightful place to be.
You will have noticed new fencing around the bed by the Wendell Road gate. This was installed by idverde on behalf of LBHF at our request – we felt it was a good idea to deter our canine friends from leaving their calling cards at the front door as soon as they came into the park; that bed will now stand a better chance of flourishing and we hope that it can become a “statement” border in due course.
The herbs planted in the narrow strip that runs along Cobbold Road are taking off very well, as are the seeds planted last year by the children of Wendell Park School. And the North Border, behind the fallen tree was truly magnificent in the spring with wonderful daffodils, narcissi, camellias and magnolias, followed on by euphorbias, irises, roses, salvias, azaleas and clematis to name just a few of the plants and shrubs that have transformed that area.
We have been busy keeping our twitter and instagram feeds updated – do follow them for more regular posts about what is happening in the park.
We really hope to be able to announce the resumption of regular gardening sessions before long!
We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in the park on Saturday 7th March at 10am for the first of our monthly gardening mornings of 2020. These will run every first Saturday of the month between now and late autumn.
Please come along to support the Friends and to have fun digging, composting, weeding, pruning and generally helping to tidy up the borders and make them even more splendid. Absolutely no experience is needed and all ages and abilities are welcome. If you have some garden tools, do bring them along though we have some that we can share. Sturdy boots and gloves are a good idea, and a thermos of tea or coffee and a packet of biscuits never goes amiss! It’s as much about getting to meet some of our lovely, horticulturally-minded neighbours as it is about gardening – though many hands make light work!
Last christmas, Wendell Park Gardening Friends once again be set out its stalls at the Askew Road Library Craft Fair and the Kite Studios Winter Fairwhere we raised a very respectable £425 from the sale of plants, craft gifts and cards. This money was promptly reinvested in new planting for the spring and we look forward to seeing the new plants flourish!
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.