Before and After

These before and after photographs illustrate the progress made by our volunteers during the first four years. Many people have been surprised at the improvements Penge Green Gym have already made in Winsford Gardens. Of course, we are always open to new ideas and suggestions to improve your local park.

Herb bed before

Herb bed before

Herb bed after

Herb bed after

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of our very first projects in Winsford Gardens was to tidy up the herb beds.

Herb Beds Now

Herb Beds 2015

Most of the flower beds were overgrown with weeds.

The gardens before

The gardens before

Join In Feel Good

Join In Feel Good

And the ornamental shrubs and exotic trees which had all been sadly neglected and had been allowed to become quite overgrown.

Greenhouse before

Greenhouse before

Greenhouse after

Greenhouse after

In the winter of 2011-12 we built a greenhouse in our growing area.

Compost Bins

Compost Bins

Compost

Compost bins

We also built three compost bins to recycle our waste. In the autumn of 2013 we added a fourth compost bin made from recycled materials.

Meadow before

Meadow before

Meadow after

Meadow after

We created two new wild flower meadows to attract insects and other animals into the garden.

Wildflower Meadow Now

Wildflower Meadow 2015

Insect Chalets created by children

Insect Chalets

Insect Chalets created by children

Insect Chalets

We also built insect hotels and havens for other ‘micro-fauna such as stag beetles.

Veg bed before

Raised beds before

Veg bed after

Raised bed after

And we built a number of small raised beds where we can grow a variety of vegetables.

flower bed before

Croydon road flower bed before

flower bed after

Croydon road flower bed after

We completely transformed some of the existing flower beds.

Rose garden

Rose garden

Rose garden

Rose garden

With tender loving care, mulch, compost and manure the Rose Garden is now stunning and no doubt it contributed to our Penge in Bloom 2013 and 2014 wins. In 2014 we restored the third Rose Garden bed.

Children's playground

Children’s playground

playground after

The playground after

 In 2013 we built a children’s playground.

Seating

Much needed seating

And then we added some well needed seating to the park. We continued to add more seating during 2014.

willow arch after

Willow Arch

willow arch before

Willow Arch

We created a Willow dome and a Willow arch which have sadly since been vandalised.

Winsford Gardens 2 small ponds - Copy

Small Pond

Small Pond

Small Pond after

In 2014 we transformed a neglected area of the park which once contained ornamental ponds and a fountain. We landscaped the area by altering the ground level around the two small ponds to remove tripping hazards, and to prevent nutrient rich runoff from the high bank into the ponds.

Winsford Gardens large cracked pond - Copy

Large Pond

In 2014 we then filled in the larger pond with its cracked base to create our Bog Garden.

Bog Garden 2015

The Bog Garden in 2015

 

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