Tree Pit Gardens
After the summer that presented with a challenge due to the combination of long drought spells as well as the periods of persistent rain, the Tree Pit Gardens in Tunmarsh Lane are still looking lush and colourful.
The volunteers, known as ‘Tree Pit Gardeners’ held two maintenance sessions in summer, replenished a lot of plants and added some new ones. The sunflowers planted in March have bloomed spectacularly and yielded a good crop of seeds, and the plan is to have a gathering to hull and pack the seeds to preserve them, and give out to residents to grow next season. This will be a good opportunity to discuss the group vision, and bring up applying for grants to spread and develop the Tree Pit Garden project across South Plaistow. Please watch this space and our Facebook page for announcements on date and time, and how to book.

Green Gym
With their new home ( the container donated by Triio Group ) painted dark green and all their tools and furniture moved, The Green Gym volunteers have turned their attention to planning events for the community, and have set their Winter Celebration and Tree Planting date for Sunday, 22nd November in the Orchard on the Greenway. Times are still to be finalised, but there will be hot refreshments provided for all who join, with plenty of activities to keep warm and do good for Nature.
Plans are also underway to add new hand painted signage for The Orchard to guide the residents around, advise on what is planted and add artistic dimension to the surroundings. So look out for bright wooden signs around The Orchard next time you visit for a walk.
There is also a plan to roll out series of foraging walks with the local nature expert, to encourage residents to visit Greenway and The Orchard, and learn what edible plants and fruits can be found in winter months on our doorstep.