As you can appreciate this hasn’t been a typical year in the borough and our thoughts go out to all those affected, particularly in north Kensington.  Despite this the community gardens have continued to thrive and this was recognised by both London in Bloom and Brighter Kensington and Chelsea judges.

Growing and gardening can help improve our lives and get us through difficult times. To see plots thriving, plants growing and bees and birds in our green spaces is uplifting and rewarding. Having a growing area, however small, can be a joy.

In your plots you will, no doubt, have had a mixture of success and, well, not so successful results. This is part of the fun and frustration of growing!  Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just starting out the same will apply so please don’t feel despondent if things haven’t gone quite to plan.

Although the year is coming to an end and the shortest day is almost upon us life in the garden is still goes on – onions, garlic and broad bean seedlings are all starting to establish themselves and buds visibly forming on fruit bushes in communal areas.  Snow and frost will help to kill off pests and break down the soil and wet cold dark days give us a reason to stay warm inside and plan what to plant and grow for next season.

As we mentioned in the November newsletter we are reviewing ground rules and these will be sent out to you in January.

Enjoy the festive season and take some time to consider how to get the most from your plots in the next year.  Best wishes to all our plot holders for Christmas and New Year!