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A good idea and a ‘can do’ approach have propelled a group of supporters of a Shepherds Bush park from sketchy concept to active community body in the space of two years . Wendell Park Gardening Friends was set up in August 2017. It’s an independent voluntary group backed by Hammersmith & Fulham Council. Its aim is simple: improve Wendell Park for the whole community to enjoy and make the most of a treasured green space. The group has gone from strength to strength with monthly maintenance gatherings, demonstrating how united community resolve can improve people’s everyday lives . Working closely with the council has seen immediate results after Wendell Park secured Green Flag status for the first time ever . Local resident Caroline MacMillan from the Friends said that the Civic Honour was recognition for everyone who had worked so hard in Wendell Park over the past couple of years, from the volunteer gardeners to those who have donated more than £10,000 to fund improvements . “This is an award for everyone who’s helped us make the park even greener,” she said. “That includes businesses who’ve given us equipment, the 28th Hammersmith Scouts, who planted bulbs, the pupils of Wendell Park School and H&F Council.” . She said that the Friends had drawn up a three-year plan of planting, including trees, bushes and plants, and set up a five-person steering committee to co-ordinate work. . A lot of non-native snowberry bushes have been dug up and replaced, while the local scouts helped plant more than 1,000 bulbs. . Volunteers gather on the first Saturday of each month, rain or shine, from 10am-noon to plant, weed and maintain the borders and beds. “Then it’s usually off to the pub,” said Caroline. #wendellpark #w12 #shepherdsbush #parklife #green #gardening #volunteers #pride #park

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2019 Annual General Meeting

We will be holding our 2019 Annual General Meeting on at 6.30pm Monday 14th October upstairs in the Duchess Pub, 320 Goldhawk Road, W6 0XF  (watch this space as the venue may change!)

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 admin@wendellparkgardeningfriends.co.uk

Many thanks to our Corporate Volunteers

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!

 

Green Flag Award

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.

Wendell Park Gardening Friends awarded Civic Honour for “Improving our Environment”

The Hammersmith and Fulham Civic Honours Awards at Hammersmith Town Hall, June 12, 2019
Improving our environment winners Wendell Park Gardening Friends (L-R: Frances Stephens, Caroline MacMillan, Sarah Heaton and Simon Grange) with Cllr Max Schmid (L) and Cathy Maund of Hammersmith Community Gardens Association (R)

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.

So thanks to everyone – see you in the park!

May Madness on Starch Green

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!

Additional planting in the south border

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.

A Swarm of Honeybees!

Great excitement in the park today when a swarm of honeybees paid us a visit. Fortunately our local Bee Keepers Association representative was on hand within twenty minutes to find them a new home!

The Wendell Park Swarm

Spring is here at last!

It is so lovely to receive positive feedback from local residents who are now seeing the results of all the hard work put in by the Gardening Friends last autumn.; and with the temperatures looking to stay warm this week, things are only going to get better!

Next Saturday 2nd March will be the first monthly gardening morning of 2019 (first Saturday of the month from March till November) we hope to see as many people as possible armed with gloves, boots and whatever garden tools they can get their hands on. Come and spend a couple of hours in the fresh air and help us get the borders tidied up and ready for summer!

Camelia, North Border, Spring 2019
Camelias, North Border, Spring 2019
Crocuses, Spring 2019
Irises in the North Border
Crocuses, Spring 2019
Crocuses and Daffs, Spring 2019