We are absolutely chuffed that BPCG has again been judged ‘Outstanding’ by the RHS in their ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ community garden category gaining 96/100 across the categories of environmental responsibility, community engagement and horticulture You can read the judgement here. The RHS certainly thinks we’re getting it right and we couldn’t be more pleased – well done everyone!

As the autumn approaches it is time to do an end of season tidy up in the garden, cutting back perennials, and gathering leaves that have fallen from the trees. Whilst wanting to create some tidiness, it is also important to consider wildlife in the garden and how best to support them through the colder winter months.

Winter can be a tough time for creatures like hedgehogs, toads, bees and bats all of whom need to find a safe spot  where they will not be disturbed and can overwinter or hibernate until spring.  We can help by doing simple things like leaving some piles of leaves in out of the way corners of the garden so that toads can burrow down into them.  We should also keep a careful eye out for toads and frogs when turning the compost.

Also by not cutting back your hollow perennial stems too short, you can create snug homes for solitary bees and other insects to burrow into. Leave other low lying vegetation in place and spread wood chip on your paths to provide further cosy habitat for creepy crawlies like woodlice, insects and earwigs until the colder months have passed.

For those creatures who don’t hibernate like birds, finding food sources can also be difficult so be sure to leave berries and nuts on branches – plus do fill up your bird feeders, and keep filling them – its remarkable how quickly the bird feed disappears.

This week we will be clearing more vegetable beds, adding a thick layer of garden compost and then sowing green manure seeds.

On Saturday 30th October, 9.30am to 1.30pm we still have a few tickets left for our Lino Printmaking workshop. To find out more and to book go here https://www.brockwellgreenhouses.org.uk/event/lino-printmaking-workshops/

Also on Saturday 30th October, 2pm to 4.30pm, we are running a Fermentation workshop.  And then we have 2 more on 13th and 27th November 2 to 4.30pm. If you’d like to volunteer to help on 30th Oct or 27th Nov, please reply to kate@brockwellgreenhouses.org.uk (we’ll need help 1.15pm to 5pm.) If you’d like to book, go here https://www.brockwellgreenhouses.org.uk/events/?tribe_paged=1&tribe_event_display=list&tribe-bar-date=2021-10-04&tribe-bar-search=Fermentation

On Sunday 31st October 10am to 1pm, Cat is running a Willow Weaving Workshop teaching you how to make plant supports, living willow structures and wreath circles. For more information and to book go here https://www.brockwellgreenhouses.org.uk/event/willow-weaving-workshop-2/   There are 2 free volunteer places on this workshop, so if you can take part and help at the workshop, please email kate@brockwellgreenhouses.org.uk

We had a fantastic afternoon of music from Big Folk on Sunday October 10th, and Herne Hill Music Festival return to the Greenhouses on Sunday October 17th 3.30pm to 5pm with Fran and Mike who we very much hope will play their song specially written for when they last performed at BPCG: ‘Greenhouse Blues’.   Book here https://hernehillfestival.org/programme/2021-10-17/details/199-Greenhouse+Folk+-+Fran+-+Mike#content  Freshly picked herbal teas (and builders’) and home made cake available.

We’d like to share a video about a therapeutic yoga and language project for refugee and migrant women, the Language of Wellbeing.  This project preceded the Stretch, Walk and Talk sessions for refugee women funded by Lambeth Active that Sally ran at BPCG this summer. The short video is well worth a watch – Click on this link https://youtu.be/ZTbKY_9HSIk. (filmed by Sally, edited by Josh, our trustee.)  It’s good to know too that a new indoor language and yoga project has recently started which is being supported by BPCG volunteers. If you’d like to know more, visit this page https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OPWs6pLR2gpwvBurq6SUNSEKxg604ivU/view?usp=sharing

Meantime, Sally’s Saturday Yoga continues on the decking at the Greenhouses this Saturday 16th October  – Slow Flow 10 – 11.30 a.m. and Gentle Yoga 12.00 – 1.00 p.m. Please book on by this Friday evening 7 pm ( if at all possible) on https://www.naturalconnection.org.uk/yoga-for-all  From the first Saturday in November (6th Nov) Saturday yoga will move indoors to a nearby venue for the wintery months.