Community mission

Three Pigeons Plot Rescue 5: week ending Friday 5 June

Raising spirits by keeping our Thames-side flowerbed alive and blooming


This is a community mission, a community led session where you will meet other GoodGym members at the task. Please make yourself known to anyone in a GoodGym top when you arrive. As with all GoodGym sessions we encourage you to use the power of your legs to get there, i.e. run or walk if you can.

Because of Covid-19 social distancing and lockdown restrictions, we can’t have normal Three Pigeons Plot planting and maintenance sessions. Instead, please sign up for a solo stint to help keep things ticking over.

This Mission is for the week up to and including Friday 5 June, at a time(s) to suit you.

Tasks for this week (take your pick):

  1. A watering session if there hasn’t been rain. Particularly focus on the top of the bed where the soil is very shallow and there is some new planting.
  2. A bit of weeding/tidying/dead heading. Leave the weeds and green waste in the white sack tied to the cycle rack or (if it isn’t there) just leave them in a pile on the Insect Hotel plot.
  3. Collecting small, smooth stones during your Three Pigeons Plot session and then leaving them in the corner of the bed near the silver bollard where the soil is incredibly shallow. The idea is to create a mini ‘gravel garden’ to hide the concrete.
  4. Weeding outside the Plot. Carry on tackling the weeds along the wall that separates the Three Pigeons Apartments from the footpath and also around the steps that lead down to the river.
  5. Completely remove any poppies that are over (they will self seed and return) To comply with social distancing, please choose a time when the Thames Path is not too busy and enter your name, session date and time in the comments box so that you can maintain social distancing during watering/weeding. Don’t forget to take photos of your session and then Email them to Anita with your own mini run report and pun. They will all be compiled into a diary style Run Report.

Additional Information:

You’ll need to bring your own tools, buckets, trugs or washing up bowls for the watering and weeding.

Watch your back. Water is heavy and the ground is thirsty!

Although we have permission to use the water tap just to the right of the Canoe Club, it is much quicker and more practical to take water from the Thames. Be careful using the steps adjacent to the bed as they do get slippery. Timing your session with high tide makes it much easier as you don’t have to carry the water far.

River Thames water can carry a risk of causing gastrointestinal illness so please ensure that you avoid ingesting any and wash your hands (and shower if necessary) as soon as possible following watering, and also properly wash down your bucket/trug. If you are working in or around the Insect Hotel plot in the centre, please be super careful when bending down to avoid eye injury from the canes.

Date and time

23:15 - 00:00 Friday, 5th of June 2020

As you will make your own way to the task, feel free to walk or run as you wish.

Ideal for beginners

Start Location

The Three Pigeons
87 Petersham Road
TW10 6UT
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What to look out for

Age Restriction

GoodGym welcomes anyone aged 18 or over. If you are under 18 then you will be unable to participate in any GoodGym activity

Make sure you've read our general guidelines for safety when running and at a task.

Community missions are organised by members of the GoodGym community and therefore we are unable to provide specific risk information about the task you are signing up to complete. We advise you to review the community mission training and read our general guidelines for safety for group sessions.

By signing up to this event you confirm you are medically fit to participate in running and other physical activity and accept that the Good Gym and its members, or those operating on its behalf, will not be held liable for any loss, accident or injury, before, during or resulting from the event.


Oliver Cannon
Oliver Cannon
Tuesday May 19th, 2020 10:46

I can go do some weeding on Tuesday 2nd June

Oliver Cannon
Oliver Cannon
Wednesday May 20th, 2020 11:07

Will be heading over at around 2pm

Sarah Boazman
Sarah Boazman
Friday May 29th, 2020 13:34

I will head over on Thursday for some weeding and watering, late morning. It is actually my first time going to this, but looking forward to it!

Richmond runner
Richmond runner
Saturday May 30th, 2020 21:08

I’ll go Sunday evening to water at high tide. Welcome to Goodgym Sarah!

Monday June 1st, 2020 16:36

I’ll go Thursday PM

Tuesday June 2nd, 2020 11:20

Or Wednesday AM...

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Who's going

  • Samia
  • Sarah Boazman
  • JP
  • Nat
  • Richmond runner
  • Oliver Cannon
  • Anita

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The Three Pigeons
87 Petersham Road
TW10 6UT

The 3 Pigeons Plot is a triangular flower bed on the Thames Riverside path, adjacent to the former Three Pigeons Pub (now apartments)


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