Sarah Heaton has produced a beautiful planting scheme!

Following lengthy discussions, debates, suggestions and counter-suggestions, our lovely neighbour Sarah Heaton has produced this beautiful planting scheme which we presented to LBHF for approval in January.  Some of the plants are now being ordered for delivery the week after Easter, when we will have a Planting Day (Friday 6th April) to get the new border under way.  We hope that as many of you as possible will be able to join us for what should be a fun and rewarding day’s gardening!

Click here to view or download the scheme Wendell planting scheme Sarah Heaton

You can see more of Sarah’s work here

WPGF talk at Askew Road Library

From our correspondent, Liliana Radujko

We recently received an incredibly warm community welcome at Askew Road Library, where Katherine and Frances expertly delivered an informative presentation with slides, photos and plans a-plenty. Beginning with a brief history of Wendell Park, the talk introduced our voluntary group from it’s inception in May 2017, our objectives, ethos, fund-raising, achievements to date and, of course, exciting future plans. We explained too our dedication to British native plants, increasing biodiversity, supporting our Borough in trying to achieve a green Flag award for Wendell Park. Most importantly, that our community can ALL share, learn together and be united in a passion for plants and gardening across all ages, abilities, backgrounds or home environments.

We clarified how we are liaising closely with the Borough, seek to be an interface between our diverse park users and the Borough as we follow in the footsteps of years of work to maintain and achieve improvements in Wendell Park by the original Wendell Park Friends, such as Gina, and our hard-working, dedicated park keeper, Steve Cassidy.

We shared some of our exciting future plans for: a Propagation and Plant Exchange Day in April alongside one of our upcoming regular monthly Maintenance days; preparation of Wendell Park School gardening area, a watering point near the existing water fountain. Looking further ahead, our ambition to compete in the Chelsea Fringe Garden Festival.

The bubbly discussions with our knowledgeable audience bought forward many excellent suggestions and ideas, including how to move forward with health and safety issues for our park.

We would love to hear from anyone in the community with your ideas and comments – do get in touch with us online on our website: or on Twitter:  @WendellParkGF





A huge thank you to all those of you who have supported and contributed to our fundraising effort. It has been fun and very uplifting to see the level of encouragement and endorsement throughout the community.

We planted the last of the bulbs on Saturday and we are hoping that over the coming years they will naturalise and bring spring cheer to all!  We have a few events already planned for next year,  keep checking our website. 

However our biggest task now is to work on the planting scheme. We welcome input from everybody so please use the comment section if you have any ideas. We will look at them and respond.


Fundraising continues apace

Our fundraising efforts are now in full swing and we have a couple of exciting dates in the diary. This Saturday 18th November we will be setting up a stall at the Askew Road Library Crafts Fair; and then on 25th November we will be at Kite Studios We will be selling a selection of craft items, plants and Christmas stocking fillers and all proceeds will be going to WPGF to help fund our ambitious planting plans for 2018! So come along and dig deep! Or just pop in to say hello and to find out how you can get involved.

Wendell Park Gardening Friends is using the Spacehive crowd funding platform!

We have teamed up with the Spacehive crowdfunding platform to raise funds to advance our project.  Please help us to raise funds by pledging your support.   The council has £200,000 of funds available for projects through the Community Infrastructure Levy and have indicated the they will back us if the project attracts enough support in the community.  So please, dig deep!  It’s very quick and easy to do, and it all helps.  

Bulb planting with Wendell Park School

Narcissi bulbs being planted by year 3 children

On Tuesday 10th October,   Wendell Park School  and WPGF  planted a 5kg bag of yellow and white narcissi bulbs. The ground was prepared  by clearing the leaves, digging the earth over and marking the areas for the children.

We used garden game paint to make four irregular shapes in order to make the planting look more natural. We located the planting close to the picket fence for increased protection.

Ruth and Caroll arrived with the first of three groups of 8 children, very well prepared, each with a trowel,  pair of gloves and bag for kneeling on.  Ruth then explained which way to put the bulb in the earth by pointing out the little roots at the bottom of the bulbs and told the children to expect the flowers in spring time.

All in all, around 100 bulbs were planted. To mark the end of the event and to the children’s delight,  a beautiful robin made an appearance, looking for worms in the freshly turned soil.

Work station – waiting for the next group
Frances – WPGF – preparing for bulb planting with the children from Wendell Park School
Daffodil bulb planting – waiting for the children to arrive
Wendell Park School children doing bulb planting
Robin visiting and looking for worms