Getting to the root of the issue

9 GoodGymers made their way 4.5km to help the Surbiton Library in Kingston upon Thames.

  • Rachel White
  • Tom Peacock
  • Claire Dunne
  • Kingston upon Thames runner
  • Jana
  • Sabir Babaiy Majdar
  • Emma Crowe
  • Luke
  • Farzeen Huq
Tuesday, 19th of March 2024
Led by Rachel White

Tuesday's group run got us up the hill to Surbiton Library where we met the walkers and the cyclists. A great turn out which was much appreciated as we had some heavy work to do. The ivy in the planters had got 2/3 foot deep and the poor plants were trying hard as they could but were struggling to get through the mass of roots and stems. It was our job to get rid of as much ivy as possible and free the plants.

With great gusto we grabbed loppers, secateurs and mattox and got to work. It took great effort to give the planters a haircut but we really got into it with our head torches in the dark. Once we shorn the first planter within an inch of its life we split into two teams with the first team continuing to get out as much of the root mass as possible and the second to start the process again with the other planter. So many hands did indeed make light work and we started the tidy up process well within the hour. Three massive sacks of green waste was produced from the two planters and 11 very delighted GoodGym volunteers!

We are looking forward to the next session where we empty out more of the planters so we can refill with good soil and then the planting can be done. Join us for the next session at Surbiton Library

Report written by Rachel White

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Rachel White
Led by Rachel White

I am the area activator for Kingston Upon Thames. Keen to keep moving and improving.

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    • Jana
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    • Kingston upon Thames runner

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Removing any leftover ivy from the Surbiton Library planters and planting

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