Group run


16 GoodGymers made their way 5.3km to help the Friends of Aston's Eyot in Oxford.

  • Ellie Evans
  • Anwen Greenaway
  • Bethan Greenaway
  • Trev
  • Axelle
  • Jessica Lorimer
  • Aoife Fitzgerald
  • Sarah McFadden
  • Vicky Arnold
  • Venetia Lipscombe
  • Megan
  • Henry Gibson
  • Fred Collman
  • Katie Jones
  • Kate Stern-Weiner
  • Jamie Weiner
Wednesday, 4th of October 2023
Led by Anwen Greenaway

Last night was all about BOG creation on Aston's Eyot, with bonus tasks of scything and pond sculpting to keep us all happily occupied. (Make a bog, get 2 tasks free.) The Friends of Aston's Eyot are very proactive about habitat creation across the nature reserve. We've previously helped dig ponds, make boggy patches and built hibernaculums (hibernaculi?) in other areas of the Eyot. This time the pond and bog areas had already been dug by a digger - somewhat more efficient than by hand! - just leaving some finishing touches to be made by volunteers. The bog area had been lined already, just leaving the task of filling the soil back in on top. Luckily Trev and Henry had wellies on, which made wading around in swampy mud a lot easier for them, while the rest of the group shovelled and ferried soil from heap to bog. Our scythers, Axelle and Venetia cleared the nettles from the perimeter of the bog very efficiently, while the rest of us got artistic, sculpting/reprofiling the sides of the recently dug pond so that it has a shallow slope instead of a cliff edge into the water - better for frogs and other critters to get in and out.

Despite being up against the failing light we made good progress on all tasks. Great work team!

Welcome to GoodGym Kate and Jamie.

Report written by Anwen Greenaway

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Anwen Greenaway
Led by Anwen Greenaway

Goodgym Coordinator for Oxford. Trail runner, often muddy.

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