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Since lockdown began, gardens have taken on a whole new purpose - as a space for physical activity and mindfulness. One of the largest studies to date on gardens and gardening, by National Institute for Health Research, found that people who spent time in the garden report better physical and mental health levels than those who do not. The study showed the benefits of gardening were similar to the difference in health between the wealthiest and the poorest people in the country.

Back in April, WCARA Committee Member @Niketa came with an idea to give bedding plants to the old and vulnerable in the area. Blossom 2020 brought many smiles across what was an extremely difficult time for us. Fast forward couple of months, we held our first ever best garden completion and then @Kay also WCARA Committe member founded a local gardening club where we could share ideas, plants and get together at the right time. WCARA proudly held its first get together, thanks to Friends of Barham Library who hosted us today.

To join WCARA Informal gardening club use this link —>
No experience needed, not even a garden! Come and join the fun.

During the lockdown many of us took the opportunity to clear our wardrobes. WCARA has teamed up with Brent Council and Veolia to collect your unwanted clothes and donate them to TRAID to be substantially reused and recycled which stops them from getting wasted.

If you live one of the following roads In Wembley Central Ward:

Thurlow Gardens
St Anne Road
Turton Road
King George Crescent
Lancelot Road
Lancelot Avenue
Lancelot Crescent

Please leave your bags of unwanted clothes in your front garden/drivewat this Thursday (10sep) by 7am and your bags will be collected by Veolia.

Dear Neighbours, some important advise from Safer Neighbourhood Teams:

Always be on your guard when anyone you’re not expecting turns up at your door. An honest face or good story can hide a trick to get into your home.

Although the vast majority of people who call at your door will be legitimate, there have been incidents where bogus callers have successfully entered people’s homes under false pretences and stolen from them.
When someone knocks at the door, stop and think:-

•Are you expecting anyone?

•Ensure that your back door is always closed when answering the front door. Caller’s intent on gaining access to your property may be working in pairs – whilst one distracts you at your front door the other may be trying to enter your property via the back.
•If someone is claiming to be from a company remember to ask what it is they are there for.
•Always ask for an ID or any associated paperwork – get them to pass these through the letterbox as at this point you should still have your door closed.
•If you have any doubt you should ring the company they say they are from independently. Never ring the number given by the caller but instead locate it from another source, e.g. phonebook or directory enquiries.
•Anyone claiming to work for the Metropolitan Police Service will have a warrant card and can be confirmed by calling 101.
If you have a vulnerable member of your family, friend or neighbour you can help prevent this happening to them by not only sharing this information with them, but by also keeping in regular contact with them checking in on them to see how they are doing.

Help maintain their house so it does not attract attention. Check they have good quality locks on their doors and windows, and make sure that their money is in the bank - not in the house.

Don’t let your relative or friend fall victim of the conmen! Help them protect themselves!


Highly commended #Blossom2020 - Best Garden Competition

Neera Lakhmana - Best Back Garden Category - Wembley Central Resident

Jyoti Desai - Best Back Garden Category - Alperton Resident

Kit Friend - Best Front Garden Category - Alperton Resident

Siobhan Cafferkey - Best Front Garden Category

Manisha Patel - Best use of small space

Dear Neighbours,

This year, as past of #Blossom2020, we're delighted to run WCARA’s FIRST ever Best Garden Competition - we were excited to see the efforts of our green fingered neighbours, and you certainly didn’t disappoint.
There are some amazing gardens in our area, and we were impressed by the enthusiasm, passion and commitment shown - Alan Titchmarsh could surely learn a thing or two from our residents!
It was really hard to pick a winner as the standards were very high, we would like to thank each and every one of you who entered. Without further ado we would like to congratulate our 2020 winners:

First prizes were presented in three categories:
Best Back Garden - Amarbai Patel, Alperton Resident
Best Front Garden - Sandhya Patel, Wembley Central Resident
Best use of Small Space – Nawaar Al-Ahmed, Alperton Resident

We also presented Highly Commended prizes to the following entrants:

Back Garden - Neera Lakhmana, Wembley Central Resident &
Jyoti Desai, Alperton Resident
Front Garden - Kit Friend & Siobhan Cafferkey, both Alperton Residents
Best use of Small Space – Manisha Patel, Wembley Central Resident

We shall also be presenting a selection of seeds to everyone else who entered. I am also delighted to announce that we will be launching an informal WCARA Garden Club through WhatsApp for our members to share ideas and queries and swap plants, which some have already been doing through spring and summer - if you would like to join us please email confirming your name and mobile number, alternatively you can use this link

Once again Congratulations to our winners and highly commended prize winners.