There's Always Good News . . .

The PCEG's application for a Bags of Help grant has been short-listed for a customer vote. That is a fantastic achievement, and means that we stand a good chance of completing much of the work that still needs to be done to make Workhouse Wood an important and accessible amenity for all to enjoy.
The Bags of Help scheme really chimes with PCEG's ideals. Members may remember our suggestion, some years ago, that plastic bags should be charged for in Greenwich. It would be good to see the charging scheme rolled out to retail all outlets, rather than just the big ones with thousands of employees. We have collected, and still are collecting, thousands of those flimsy blue plastic bags given out so freely in our local shops.
The Bags of Help scheme turns the ubiquitous shopping bag to excellent purpose. We think it is particularly important to get local schoolchildren visiting the beautiful Workhouse Wood, which is within walking distance of six schools, and this scheme will help us do it.
Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative in hundreds of regions across England and Wales. The scheme will see three community groups and projects in each of these regions awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge.
Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s 416 regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags. The public can vote in the following stores from the  26th September to the 9th October to decide whether the PCEG Workhouse Wood project should receive the £12,000, £10,000 or  £8,000 awards:
Greenwich Express, Clifton Lee Express, Eltham High St Express, Greenwich Creek Rd Express, Plumstead Lakedale Rd Express, Woolwich Express, Greenwich Peninsula Express, Eltham Coronet Express, Deptford Express, Woolwich Extra.
So let's go shopping at Tesco.
We've done several sessions now. You can check them out at:
http://www.pceg.org.uk/capitalcleanup1.html
It's amazing how much difference a little bit of time can make!
I wouldn't say that PCEG members have responded with gratifying alacrity to calls for help in these sessions, but they have been during the working day, of course; so we have to thank our CWP 'volunteers' for their keen devotion to "Picking up for Plumstead".

. . . and, sadly, there will often be Bad News
We spent a lot of time, and expense, repairing the loose posts in the eastern steps down to the Nature Reserve. Unfortunately, that work has been undermined in a recent upsetting act of vandalism. We are already "on the case" to get it all repaired.
Plumstravaganza was a brilliant enterprise that made clear what a lot of wonderful things Plumstead has going for it.
The green space we're so privileged to have around us featured in several of the activities.
It was great to see Plumstead Common figuring in so many of the photos submitted for the Photography Competition.
Thanks to Woolwich Snappy Snaps, the winners will be on exhibition in The Plumstead Pantry soon.
The picture at top right won second place in the people's vote, and the picture bottom right, third.
It's good to see the Slade Ponds in there, too.
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