There's good news . . .

and there's good news!

Some of our team joined up with McDonalds to clean up Pettman Crescent. Since my site meeting with Royal Greenwich officers last year there had been zero apparent action to deal with the appalling state of the land around the bus garage. So nine of us (most of them camera-shy!) teamed up with four McDonalds managers to conduct a deep clean. We collected a huge amount. Actually very little McDonalds refuse - but it was good to clean the place up close to the the restaurant because litter creates more litter and people will be less likely, we think, to chuck their fast food rubbish around there.

We've nearly finished our work in Plumstead Manor Nursery. Just a bit of painting to do now. They have written us a lovely tribute:

All the children and staff at the nursery would like to say a very big THANK YOU to all the volunteers and Nick Day from the Plumstead Common Environment Group who have helped to clear and remodel our overgrown garden.

The ladies and gentlemen who helped have created flower beds, vegetable patch, paved area and helped one of our parents to build a stage area.

They worked in all weathers, using their initiative.

Voluntary work is giving these people skills to work as a team, confidence and building on their self-esteem to work in our community. Their contribution is amazing.

The children will benefit by being in a natural outside environment, learning how to care for living things, watching flowers and vegetables grow. What a fantastic opportunity for learning and development our children have been given.

Massive thanks again."

This year we have no less than three Green Flag Award inspections to which to look forward.

Tomorrow we have The Slade Ponds. We have suppeimented our twice-monthly work sessions with the annual spruce-up by painting the lamp posts, litter-bin, and drain cover.

We also painted the park bench and put a "WET PAINT" sign on it. Next day the notice had been torn off and there was a neat imprint of a pair of trousers on the seat. We rubbed it down, repainted and put up another notice with string across the seat to stop people sitting down. This morning we found the sign torn off and thrown up the path, with the neat imprint of a pair of trousers in the paint!

At the end of the month we have an inspection for the Plumstead Common Nature Reserve and then in June we will host a judge Workhouse Wood.
Many thanks to a local supporter for the donation of a splendid ladder. We have already used it to paint two lamp-posts and we will soon be installing some splendid bat boxes that our own "birdman" has been making for us.
I wonder if anyone caught the splendid news that the gold watch that the police diver found in The Slade Pond has been restored to the family from whom it was stolen eleven years ago:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-36302831
The police divers kindly re-anchored our stray duck island for us as well.
We've been given a grant for some serious Capital Clean-Up volunteering. They've sent us some splendid kit and we will be getting to grips with some seriously bad spots around here that we've been saving up for this campaign (see below!).
If any of our PCEG members who don't get much chance to volunteer during the year would like to take part, do get in touch via info@pceg.org.uk and we will fit things around the time you can offer. Think "June". Please think seriously about joining in. We have over ninety paid up members but only ever get a chance to meet up and get stuck in with a few of them.
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