Group run

GoodGym Bristol Sod Off and Refill with Gravel

10 GoodGymers made their way 6.1km to help the Redcliffe Raised Gardening Beds and Faithspace in Bristol.

  • Caroline
  • Melanie Young
  • Kingston upon Thames runner
  • VaguelyNorthernDarren
  • Valè Pico
  • Jason Thorne
  • Laura
  • Marianne Bradshaw
  • Bristol runner
  • Paul Coombes
Tuesday, 26th of March 2024
Led by Melanie Young

This evening's GoodGymmers were rewarded with a lovely sunset as we ran and walked to Faithspace in Redcliffe to collect the tools and trolleys for the night's path laying.

Last time we'd had days of heavy rain and were glad of the light drizzle, tonight was drier and didn't the turf know it! We seemed to have found a particularly rocky patch which Marky had marked (so Marky-ed, I guess) as the next path joining the planters. There's already been lots of positive feedback about how much easier it is to get to the planters and beyond.

The gravel is a special "self-binding" type which makes for marvellous non-shedding paths and, when its been left a few weeks, a solid lump in dumpy sack.

Once the edges had been marked and knived (?), we split into ground-chiselling and gravel-chillesing teams, definitely a tough workout tonight. Many different strategies were tried with the top methods proving to be stabbing with a big fork for gravel breaking and sitting uphill and spading downhill for turf lifting (called sods, for anyone wondering). We are so creative and adaptive.

Perseverence paid off, the new path was given its preliminary stomp, catwalk-style and flavoured water was enjoyed. Laura and Vaguely Northern Darren headed off for a longer run back whilst the rest of us finished off, tidied up and took the tools back to Marky's workshop.

Top path-making, team!

Report written by Melanie Young

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Melanie Young
Led by Melanie Young

Area Activator for Bristol Loves being outdoors and being active, helping make the world a happier place to be one day at a time. Eats cake.

GoodGymers helping out
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    Take photos for the session report

    • VaguelyNorthernDarren
  • Back marker

    Make sure that no one is left behind

    • Valè Pico

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