The work on the community greenhouse continued at this month’s community work day.

We installed some beautifully painted reclaimed windows to the front elevation, adding a touch of elegance! We also started adding infill panels around the sides making use of some old doors, trimmed to suit. The final purlin was added, and the roofing went on – a huge step forward!

And of course there was time for a break and sugar fix via Bernd’s ‘this month’s special’ quince crumble cake – absolutely scrummy!

Yet to do … more side and gable panels to add, hoggin internally, guttering and rainwater butts, front door … But we’re nearly there!

The apple trees have been prolific this year. Even after we picked many pounds of fruit for donation to Hanwell Homeless Concern earlier in September, there was still a lot of fruit on trees that was going to waste. Some plot holders asked if volunteers could be rounded up to help pick this fruit, again to give away. Led by Vinka Reeves and John McArthur, volunteers picked and delivered pounds of fruit to local good causes, including Ealing Soup Kitchen, Age UK, local churches and Hanwell Homeless Concern. They also took some to the Pathways office for the staff – a sweetener!

Johan also took a crateful over to Horsenden Farm, the community-managed Council-owned farm that presses its own apples and sells the juice to support the project. Their annual Apple Day on 28th September proved so popular they ran out of fruit, so ours was a welcome top-up.