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

February 2019 – Update

The snowdrops planted last year have been flowering in the southern border since Christmas and have now been joined by celandines and crocuses whilst a lot more bulbs are pushing through the soil’s surface and will form a colourful swathe beside the path. Bulbs planted by the local scout group will soon be brightening up the northern border and the Gardening Friends have put a low willow edging here, the willow comes from trees cut back by the Council on Wormwood Scrubs.

Snowdrops in the Southern Border

During the last few weeks a considerable amount of ivy has been removed from the border between the dog area and Cobbold Road which will help the roses flower more easily during the summer, there is still some digging to do here and children from Wendell Park School and also cubs and scouts from the 28th Hammersmith Group will then be able to help with the planting. Ivy is also been removed from the Cobbold Road gate pillars.

More bushes, shrubs and plants have been ordered which will fill out the south and north borders, they should arrive Friday 1st March and we will be planting them on that day and the also the morning of Saturday 2nd March, volunteers are most welcome to come and help.

Scouts lend the Friends a hand!

On 13th October we were joined in the park by a team of Scouts from 28th Hammersmith Scout Group led Group Scout Leader Neil Docherty,  who jumped to the task of clearing leaves and planting spring bulbs.  We look forward to seeing them both again (the Scouts and the bulbs!) in the Spring and we are hopeful that this will lead to a long-term collaboration.