This week in the garden, on Thursday and Friday there will be an opportunity for those of you who like garden DIY to do some carpentry as we finish off raising to full height the sides of our new compost bays down by the oak tree.  

More DIY will be involved in making the ramp to the pond slip free by attaching chicken wire across the surface. 

If the ground is not frozen we hope to plant Sol’s pine tree in the park. Sol was a lovely BPCG Volunteer who very sadly died a few years go, far too young.  He grew this pine from seed and it has become enormous, and far too big for its pot. Lambeth have kindly agreed to us planting this tree near a clump of Scots pines in the park. We will dig a deep planting hole for it. 

In the composting workshop last Sunday some attractive composting signs were made. These need varnishing before being put in our compost bays.

We will be spreading more bark chipping on our woodland paths, the play kitchen area, and on the path to the bees’ new apiary which is down by the oak tree at the end of the raspberry bed.

On Sunday at 2.30pm we have a volunteers meeting. Do let us know if there is anything you would like to put on the agenda by dropping Cat an email on

BPCG Workshops
Saturday 25th January 2pm to 3pm,  
Andy Petch is running his Tai Chi workshops on the decking (or in the lower greenhouse if the weather insists).  For more info and to book go here

Sunday 26th January 10am – 1pm after our wonderful wassailing last Saturday, the trees are getting more attention when Cat is running her productive garden workshop and we will be doing winter pruning of fruit trees.  There is no need to book but do try to come punctually. Dress up warmly too!

In other news
Not wanting to go on about it or anything but the BBC’s Farmers Country Showdown story about us getting ready for the Lambeth Country Show in July 2019 is really lovely and worth a watch.  (You can also learn about Vauxhall City Farm and admire their wonderful Alpacas.)  The show is available on BBC Iplayer  for 25 more days or so. Our bit starts about 8 minutes in. 

Also B£ Surplus Canteen has just opened at Platform Cafe in Loughborough Junction for lunch and supper every Monday and Tuesday from 12.30-7pm.  Using food surplus saved from landfill and running on a pay-what-you-can basis, this project is tackling national environmental crises and local social issues with a simple format, providing the community with delicious, healthy, affordable meals.