IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING COVID-19. MAY 2021.
Following the Government Road Map communications we restarted Penge Green Gym sessions in April with COVID-19 secure restrictions and risk assessments in place. From May we will be able to allow greater numbers and will begin contacting people from our waiting list. However, we do need to limit our numbers and therefore you cannot simply turn up unannounced.
If you wish to join us for the first time you will need to join our waiting list. Some aspects of the following descriptions of a Green Gym session on these pages may change at very short notice. We are not providing tea and coffee, for instance, and you should bring your own at present.
Penge Green Gym meets in
Winsford Gardens every Wednesday
throughout the year from 11am – 2pm.
Penge Green Gym are a group of local volunteers who run a weekly practical gardening session in Winsford Gardens, a Green Flag Award Winning park in Penge, South East London with the aim of improving both the local environment and the health of volunteers just like you.
The health benefits of Gardening and Volunteering are now recognised and Penge Green Gym combines both. Our sessions are open to all and we hope we have something to offer everyone; and there are at least three good reasons for you to join us:
1. Help improve your local area
You can help us to continue to improve these once neglected gardens. As well as the ongoing maintenance of the flower beds and grassy areas, we have built a new children’s play area and a ring of natural wooden seating. With your help we can continue to add improvements for all the local residents to enjoy. Parks and Open Spaces like Winsford Gardens are vital to local communities and need your protection or they will be lost. Use them or lose them!
2. Help the environment
Environmental green issues play an important part in how we manage the gardens here in Penge. We have already created two wild flower meadows, built insect and stag beetle hotels, dead hedges. In 2014 we converted a disused pond into a Bog Garden. We have made our own compost bins so that we don’t have to use Peat based composts and we collect rainwater to reduce the amount of water we use. We try to act sustainably in other decisions that we take.
3. Help yourself
Penge Green Gym provides an opportunity for you to get outdoors, meet new people and do something healthy. We have a range of activities to suit all levels of fitness, ranging from gentle weeding and pruning, right through to more energetic tasks such as digging and constructing new features in the gardens. Volunteers are encouraged to participate at their own pace; what you choose to do is entirely up to you.
Where to find usWinsford Gardens Garden Road Penge London SE20 7RN
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