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DECEMBER 31ST 2011
THE 'OLD ITALIAN OUTSIDE INSIDE PLOY'
Super Charged Piccadilly trainer Joe Mariconda has come up with his own initiative of brightening up the inside of our Ash House building.
Joe is slowly working away identifying all the potential hotspots around the building where he can grow his chillies and some flowers, so far he has had quite a lot of success with only a few failures due to some over watering but many have noticed Joes efforts and appreciate the difference it makes to softening up their surroundings.
We can see already that Joes idea will continue to flourish and grow through out 2012 and it wont be long before we are harvesting some useful edible items both indoors as well as out.
I DID SAY HE WAS SUPERCHARGED DIDN'T I
Sticking with Joe, Joe has taken up the role of increasing our foothold in the 'going green' arm of the project.
Joe will be looking into increasing the number of waterbutts & compost bins around the depot.
Joe hasn't just stopped there, he has already held preliminary discussions with the depot's current 'energy wise champion' DTSM Kyle Mbeki into joining forces and really moving Ash House into a green way of living.
Exciting times ahead and I especially look forward to seeing The Grow'n'Picc Club at the fore front of saving this company money.
'EARN YOUR TRAVEL BACK' SCHEME
Our venture with the London Wildlife trust scheme could be about to take a very positive twist.
Chief Executive Carlo Laurenzi C.B.E has suggested we look to use the 'earn your travel back scheme' where by children who have had their Zip oyster cards taken away from them for various reasons have the once only opportunity of getting them back via a days community service of sorts.
The children must attend a whole days activities and contribute to what ever that particular project is doing & upon completion of their days contribution they would get their cards back.
Parents of the children do sign their kids up to this scheme but they only get to lose and reclaim their Zip cards the one time.
Carlo has suggested that we use this scheme to our joint benefit and get the woodland areas cleared.
I think it is a cracking idea and one we look to pursue in the New Year. Please see the link below for more information on the scheme.
TROPHIES FINALLY ON DISPLAY
After an 8 week wait our trophy cabinet has finally arrived and in place. We share this with our depot all conquering golfers and has received many positive comments on it's inclusion to the booking on point of Ash House.
Thanks to Joe Mariconda for helping me to put the cabinet together as I really did struggle with this one.
THANK YOU KEITH
We finally were able to thank our main sponsor Keith Fryer of T Brewers for all their help through out 2011 with a day out in the front of a train and tour round Earls Court control room with further tours of the I.M.R room before being taking out to lunch.
Keith was given a huge pumpkin to take home which he duely donated to a local worth while charity
Keith had a fantastic day and you can see what he said in the link below.
HOWARD COLLINS RETURNS
December the 30th saw C.O.O Howard Collins return to us for a brief tour of the project and despite the Mild winter slowly but surely to taking it's toll on the gardens Howard still enjoyed what he saw.
OUR 1ST SCHOOL AFFILIATION
We are now underway with this part of the project and Winchmore Hill school are the first to join up.
Sean Conway will be leading the school affiliations programme.
He and Ruth Luwellyn of Winchmore Hill will be undertaking some site visits in Jauary 2012 to begin swapping ideas and arranging plans on how further to help each others projects.
A story will be run on this in the next issue of the Piccadilly News Line bulletin.
WORK UNDERTAKEN THIS MONTH IN THE GARDENS
Our duo apple and triple pear trees have gone into place as well as our Chestnut tree
A duo plum tree is soon to go in as well.
Mass bulb planting has been undertaken along our walkways with huge cut aways and ground preperations being done
This work will continue well in to January thanks largely to the on going mild conditions meaning we can delay the bulbs entry in to the ground and hopefully achieve growth and blooms later in to the season all making for a vibrant spring/summer time.
All the above are part of the memorial area which will be cleared up in preperation for landscaping in the New Year.
Approx 4-5 tons of leaves were kept this year and retained for our ongoing leaf mould preperations we have going on.
Work progress has been stifled somewhat due to the festive seasons demands on the team so we hope to pick up the pace again early 2012.
Until next month, have a great New Year