Windows to Nature

Over the coming weeks, we are going to be improving and creating more wildlife habitats around the gardens. We will be making and putting up bird nesting boxes, bat boxes and solitary bee homes.  We will also place webcams in a few. This is all part of a Postcode Local Trust funded BPCG project called ‘Windows to Nature’.

If you’d like to be involved in this exciting project, please let us know by emailing We’d love to have you on board! You will learn about how to design, make and site wildlife habitats in the garden. You can also learn about recording, editing and disseminating digital wildlife material for different audiences.

This week, we are going to start with making a few new bird boxes based on a nice simple RSPB design. We will also be putting up some of our existing bird boxes ready for early Spring nesters.

Also this week, following on volunteers Matt, Kenny and Natalie’s excellent job putting new fronts on our Oak Tree compost bays, we now need to colour code and number the new fronts.  This helps us put them back in the correct order when the bays are being emptied/re-filled. We will also get to work repairing the partitions between the bays of our lower garden compost heaps.

We need to make some new signs for the herb garden to replace old ones that have worn out. And we have some nice planting of Muscari bulbs to do – in pots for Spring sales. We will also be blitzing the tool container to get the tools maintained and back in order.

In the kitchen this week, we are going to make Rosehip Syrup from hips that we have squirrelled away in the freezer from Autumn cropping.

And HELP! we have got very low on second hand plastic shopping bags so if you have any spare that you no longer need at home, please can you bring them into the Greenhouses with you. Many thanks.  (The next order of BPCG cotton Tote bags won’t arrive til after xmas….so it’s got to be recycled bags for now…)

And we warmly invite you to join us for more of our online BPCG At Home events coming up soon.  All events can be booked here on the website.

On Friday December 4th, 6pm to 7.30pm, Doctor Cocktail, Nicolas Medicamento is teaching us how to make delicious whisky cocktails.

On Tuesday December 8th, 7pm to 8.30pm, Alice Vincent, author of Rootbound will be talking with Kate about her wonderful memoir which mixes botanical history, biography and gardening discovery. Volunteering at BPCG played a small part of Alice’s journey and so, we are delighted to have the opportunity to host her for this conversation about Rootbound and all things garden and plant related.  (Free or if you can, make a donation)

On Saturday December 12th, 1.30pm to 3.30pm, you can learn how to make delicious fermented Cranberry Hot Sauce and Celeriac Sauerkraut with our fantastic Fermenting teacher Jelena Belgrave.

And finally, last but not least, big congratulations to Beth Barber, our acting children and family officer who recently won the Marsh Trust Volunteer Team of the Year for the work she and her co-volunteer contributed to the dress and textile collection at the Museum of London.

Looking forward to seeing you soon at the Greenhouses or at one of our BPCG at Home sessions


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