We are delighted to announce that we won prizes for all our 5 submissions at the Lambeth Horticultural Society Flower and Produce show held at the Lambeth Country Show!

5 Onions – first and “Best in Show”  (Instagram photo of Dafydd with the Mayor Christopher Wellbelove here)
10 French Beans – first
12 Berries (Red Gooseberries) – second
4 Carrots – second
12 strings of currants (red) – second

Huge congratulations to all who were involved in sowing, growing and caring for these tip top fruit and veg!  As Doug modestly said, it’s a group effort!

And many many thanks to the group of volunteers who helped on our stand at the Lambeth Country show. I reckon we must have talked to and sold things to well over 1000 people at the show.  We raised over £1200 for the charity, gave out loads of advice, and I am pretty sure recruited quite a few more volunteers.  And…our upper greenhouse is now a lot less full and ready for a good old clean up ….when the weather cools down abit!

This is not likely to happen soon so we will need to keep up with the watering!  Thank you to the valiant team who are doing this.  Andy, Alex, Chris, Dafydd, Coralie, Jean Baptiste.  If you think you can help out with this in the first part of the week (Monday to Wednesday) through August, do let Cat know please as we often do need cover.  There is also harvesting of raspberries, loganberries, blackberries and currants which are all ripening nicely in the heat as well as vegetables such as chard, onions and carrots. Please make sure you get to eat the fruit when you are volunteering, and also take home stuff to cook!

We will be weeding around the pond as it has become a little overgrown recently.  And sometime soon you may even see Cat in the pond taking out some of the duck weed!

In all this heat, have you ever wondered how plants keep cool, and why it is that as long as they have sufficient water, they keep their cool? Think of a time when you were walking along a street on a pavement and it felt hot and exhausting, and then you reached a park and stepped off onto the grass, immediately the temperatures dropped and everything felt cooler and more refreshing. Why was this? The same amount of sunshine was shining of the pavement as on the grass in the park. The only difference was that in the street you were stepping on was an inert material whereas once on the grass, the plant was doing something to keep itself cool. Plants looe a huge amount of heat by allowing water to evaporate from the surface of their leaves. This is how they keep cool, and this is what makes walks in the park so refreshing, (as long as the grass is getting sufficient water and is still green!)

Follow this link to find out more about how plants can change our climate by cooling it.

On this Saturday July 28th, Cat and Jack from the Orchard Project are running a summer pruning workshop 11am – 2.30pm on how to prune stone fruit, that is trees like plums, cherries, apricots and damsons. If you would like to join this workshop go to our website and book a free ticket.

On Sunday 29th July at 3pm, there’ll be an organising meeting for the Green Wood Group. Jo Clarke who runs the fantastic London Green Wood Group at Abney Cemetery Park will visit us during the day and facilitate the meeting. Please do come along, whether you’re an active participant or someone who has expressed an interest in the group. You can have a say and get more involved. Amongst other things we’ll be discussing the aims of the group, ways to make decisions, and what to do next. Have a look also at Paul’s paper distributed at the last volunteer meeting. And do get in touch with Paul at greenwood@brockwellgreenhouses.org.uk if you’d like to add anything to the agenda.

In other BPCG happenings, there’s lovely news that Vron Harris’s film about the Greenhouses through the seasons ‘Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter’ has been shortlisted for Earth Photo 2018, which will be exhibited at the Royal Geographical Society in London from 23rd July – 21st September 2018 and will tour to a number of Forestry Commission England locations.
This exhibition is developed jointly by the Forestry Commission England and the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) which reflects the organisations’ common interest in enabling a better understanding of the world around us through the complementary disciplines of the Environment and Geography.
To see the competition go here
and to see Vron’s work you can also go here