A Big Despatch, The Staircase and Dried Things

This week, we are going to be sending out 150 of our Mint and Basil Plants, jars of Rosemary Salt and Lemon Verbena Tea, together with 150 bottles of Apple Juice from The Orchard Project, 150 jars of South London Honey from beekeeper Karin Courtman, 300 Masks made by South London Makerspace and 150 each of our Outdoor play and learning activity sheets. These are being distributed by Lambeth’s Healthy Living Platform to families with young children who they work with, some of whom visit BPCG on Tuesdays for outdoor story telling sessions. Thank you to City Bridge Trust and the London Community Response Fund for the funding which made this despatch possible.

Thank you too to all the volunteers who have helped grow and make the products going into this big despatch. And – in advance – to everyone who is going to help to get it all ready to go off this week on Thursday and Friday!

Other jobs this week include: making up bouquets for the shop from the beautiful dried dyed flowers that BPCG volunteer Diane Sullock has been quietly making at home this year, continuing the Big Upper Greenhouse sort out with some laminated labelling of where things live, and collecting seeds from amongst others: Morning Glory, Hollyhocks and Soapwort.

You’ll be glad to hear that this Thursday we are going to have a new large glass pane put into the Upper Greenhouse (where there is currently only a tarp!), thanks to the fantastic Wallington Glass.  We are still a tad leaky here and there but this is a good start!

In other news, BPCG volunteer and award winning local filmmaker Vron Harris has made a new film. It’s a short, contemplative, beautiful meditation on the last six months. Watch it here!

Protection Approaches, a London based charity working to prevent identity-based violence are offering free training on community building throughout October to members of voluntary and community groups across the capital. It’s an online two-day, expert led training aimed at anyone wanting to create positive change in their communities. More information can be found on their webpage here. Find available training dates by clicking through the webpage.

Sally who was teaching Yoga on the decking at BPCG this summer and autumn, has now sensibly moved her Yoga classes inside to the dry space of the lovely Herne Hill Station Hall. For more details and to book the morning or afternoon classes, go here 

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