Oxford

Group run

May the Fourth be with you

20 GoodGymers made their way 3.7km to help the OxGrow in Oxford.

  • Stu Belcher
  • Jane Hotchen
  • Anwen Greenaway
  • Bethan Greenaway
  • Trev
  • Julia
  • Aoife Fitzgerald
  • Alice
  • Vicky Arnold
  • Matt Burton
  • Ben Foster
  • Louise Hall
  • Katie Fellows
  • Hattie Elvins
  • Oxford runner
  • Laura Candy
  • Henry Gibson
  • Sylvie-Anne Bond
  • Laurie Wilkinson
  • Dan Hollidge
 
Wednesday, 4th of May 2022
 
Led by Anwen Greenaway

We had a very wholesome evening in the Oxgrow garden at Hogacre Common.

The community garden is in the process of installing a new irrigation system, which will make watering the garden during dry spells SO much easier. Instead of having to go to and fro from one water source wherever you are in the garden it will soon be possible to just go a few yards to one of many water troughs, making it quicker and less effort to keep the garden watered. All the troughs and pipes were laid out around the garden, but the pipes needed burying - sounds like the perfect job for a GoodGym flash mob!

We grabbed spades, gave a little thanks for the rain earlier in the day which had softened the ground nicely, and got to work digging trenches, laying the pipes in and recovering them (always one or two turf squares leftover at the end however hard you try to figure out how they came out!). We even dug our way through a mound to lay the piping, and despite calls for an axe managed to get the job done with spades, forks and muscles. We managed to get all the long sections of pipe buried, leaving just the joints to sort out. That progress will make it possible for the OxGrow team to mow and strim some of the grass from around the growing beds to keep it from taking over while they figure out the best way to bury the joints in the pipes.

With not quite enough spades to go around the rest of the team set to work weeding the raised beds . Dogging out thistles, detangling bind weed, trying to get to the bottom of dandelion roots. Along the way we enjoyed seeing the asparagus, chard and onions coming up.

Simon from Oxgrow kindly harvested chard, sorrel and a variety of herbs for all of us to take some greenery home after the task. Sorrell = suprisingly tart-tasting but great stirfried.

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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    • Vicky Arnold
    • Aoife Fitzgerald
    • Trev
    • Bethan Greenaway
  • Back markers

    Make sure that no one is left behind

    • Ben Foster
    • Julia
    • Trev

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