Heartfelt thanks to all who joined us for our first anniversary celebration on 2nd September and made it a really enjoyable event. A shortened work session was followed by snacks and cake, as well as a brief ceremony, during which the dedicated work of our volunteers was recognised by Watford Mayor, Dorothy Thornhill, by the intu Regional General Manager, Howard Oldstein, and the intu CSR representative, Chantal Boyle, as well as by WBC Community Park Ranger, Debbie Brady (see above). We are happy and grateful to have their support for the ongoing projects to help improve the Community Project site in Cassiobury Park for people and wildlife.
Since the Cassiobury Green Gym started in 2014, the weather has been fine during almost all our Wednesday sessions. And despite some horrible weather during late August, autumn started lucky for us. It became quite warm during the speeches, and the rain held off right until the end, when the remaining volunteers tried their best to finish Rita and Kamala’s excellent cake under cover of the gazebos.
In the meantime, Alison Birt, Senior Staff Nurse at the Peace Hospice, has been to see the raised beds we built for the Hospice patients. She thinks they look brilliant and is highly appreciative of the Green Gym team’s effort.
We look forward to the first crop being planted in them and will continue to develop the kitchen garden, as well as support other community projects, such as the Cassiobury Young Rangers and the Nascot School children’s orchard. We are planning to plant native hedgerows and wildflower meadows for wildlife, and build stag beetle loggeries and hedgehog dens.