Last week at the greenhouses,  we made good progress in cleaning the outside of the two greenhouses by standing on ladders with long brushes and hosing water over the glass. This has made a big difference to how much light comes into the greenhouses!  See Val in action up a ladder by the Upper Greenhouse!

Now all we need to do is clean the inside of the glass and remove the calcium deposits from all the hard London water that was sprayed onto the inside of the panes by our plant misting systems. Then the greenhouses should once again let in maximum light for our young and growing plants. 

We managed to move and reconstruct our shed. It’s now relocated to the green woodworking area and now all that remains is for us to climb up on the roof and nail down new roofing felt.

We are doing some other bits of shelter and home making too for local wildlife!  First, we’re going to check out all our bat roosting boxes, making sure they are firmly fixed to the walls and all dandy and ready for when bats start to look for roosting sites in early spring.  

Nathusius’, Common and Soprano Pipistrelles, as well as Noctules Bats are all seen in Brockwell Park in warmer months.  None of them hibernate overwinter in the park. It’s too cold and too busy.  But they will roost in the summer. If you are interested in bats, there’s a great programme on BBC Iplayer ‘Inside the Bat Cave’.  It’s here https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000nx12 

Next up, we will be checking all our bird nesting boxes and putting up some new ones we made before Christmas.  We will also be putting up new bird feeders.  We will fit motion activated cameras to a number of the boxes and feeders so that we can capture some closer looks at our resident wildlife but without disturbing it. 

Our next BPCG at Home talk will be from Sue Stuart Smith on her book ‘The Well-Gardened Mind – Rediscovering Nature in the Modern World’.  It’s on Tuesday 9th February at 7pm. Sue’s inspirational and authoritative book investigates the remarkable effects of nature on our health and wellbeing and teaches us how vital gardening can be, both as an escape for the brain and to help our minds through movement as well as thought. Using case studies of people struggling with stress, depression, trauma and addiction, as well as her own grandfather’s return from World War I, she explores the many ways in which gardening can help transform people’s lives. Book a ticket either for free or if you can, with a donation to BPCG here, https://www.brockwellgreenhouses.org.uk/event/the-well-gardened-mind-an-online-talk-by-sue-stuart-smith/