You probably know that PCEG has been short-listed for a Tesco Bags of Help award.
From October 32st until November 13th, Tesco customers will be able to vote, in store, for one of three local community volunteer groups who have a worthy green space project. I submitted an application for Workhouse Wood. It's fantastic that we are on the shortlist. If we come third, we are guaranteed £8,000. If second: £10,000. And if first, a wonderful £12,000!
Whatever happens, we will be able to complete the tree management programme that was costed at the beginning of the year. That will make the wood safer and reduce the canopy in places. We will also be able to create the Forest Schools "classroom" in what we have called the Forest Schools Glade. We will be able to afford some additional things like seating in the Piggery, interpretive signs and the creation of a tree trail. If we win the ballot we will be able to afford all of it!
So please think about shopping in Tesco for the next couple of weeks. The store in Lakedale Road is in the scheme, as are the big Extra store and the Express store in Woolwich. Get your tokens at the till and vote for us!
Hopefully all ten stores that have our project as a voting choice will get their act together quickly because, on the first day of voting, it was possible to vote in only two of the eight stores I checked out!
Thanks to a grant from the Friends of Greenwich Parks we can get on with creating easier and safer access to Workhouse Wood from Winn's Common.
Thank you to the willing members who have delivered many leaflets door-to-door. Several members' kind offers will not now be taken up because we have run out! Several thousand will be delivered with the next Greenwich Info. VERY IMPORTANT: If you live in SE10 0 / SE10 9 / SE18 1 / SE18 6 postcodes and did NOT get a Greenwich Info on Nov 1st with our flyer attached, please let me know (with your postcode).
I have retrieved a lot of leaflets from one school I took  them to, who have declined a request to distribute them to their children, so we will be looking to use them usefully somehow.
The Community Work Placement programme is over. Pictured above are sessions from near the beginning and end of the work. The top picture shows the team that took down the fencing around Workhouse Wood, and below that is an impressive (or depressing?) stack of litter we retrieved on a day we devoted to Capital Clean-Up.
The picture below is a montage of the deep-clean litter-picks we did over a period of just four months up to March this year. It gives a clear idea of how much is in danger of accumulating again now we don't have the CWP team working Plumstead Common every day.
The Slade Ponds
John and Ray have been doing a splendid job of cutting away much of the latest fallen tree. That might go a little way to satisfying the people who aired their views on "Plumstead People" to the effect that the ponds looked better over a hundred years ago when there were no trees! Someone even suggested "the council" had ruined the area! Oh well . . .

Plumstead Common Nature Reserve

We have had quite a lot of abuse of the two Forest Schools arenas with groups of pot-smoking young men lighting "camp fires" and leaving distressing amounts of beer cans and litter. On the advice of the local SNT we installed robust versions of our signs at the north and south ends, that were paid for by the Parks Department.

Unfortunately they haven't really made any difference. The post and rail down the east steps was comprehensively destroyed a few weeks ago and there was a serious graffiti attack on the south Forest Schools classroom. In both cases there was a speedy remedial response from the council, for which we are extremely grateful. We are grateful, too, to Sgt Dean Cuomo and his SNT for keeping an eye on the space and alerting us to problems. 
Your Chair was one of four people shortlisted for a "Team London" Community Volunteer of the Year Award. The ceremony was at the GLA on Monday night. Your Chair remains just a shortlisted nominee! Nevertheless it was a privilege to be among so many worthy people.
We are struggling to keep pace with the litter and fly-tipping in our area. The council's task force and the Parks staff are working every day, of course, but experience shows that Plumstead needs us badly, and Plumstead Common needs us EVEN MORE! The regular sessions at the Slade Ponds get a reasonable number of volunteers but we definitely need much more help in the nature reserve. One session a month, now the CWP programme is over just will not cut it there. As for the rest of the mile-long common area, we just cannot afford to neglect the obligation to care for our world.
We need, I think, to get back to the old adopt-a-plot thing where people undertook to look after particular areas on a very regular basis. If everybody in Plumstead agreed to keep the 15ft stretch of pavement in front of their houses clear of litter, we would have a much better quality of living space and save the council hundreds of thousands of pounds!
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