Tower Hamlets

Community mission

Part and parsley

16 GoodGymers made their way to help the The Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park in Tower Hamlets.

  • Martin
  • John Shirley
  • Chris Burns
  • Laura Williams
  • Rohan
  • Fiona M
  • Aine Hester
  • TJ
  • Emma Jones
  • Olivia Waller
  • Eva Merkel
  • Davide Feleppa
  • Giorgio Rescio
  • Yelda Ismail
  • Oliver Rockett
  • Alex A
Monday, 5th of June 2023
Led by Laura Williams

A gorgeous night for it.

16 GoodGymers gathered together at The Soanes Centre this evening, ready for an active, useful task in the beautiful Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park.

What we were doing?

We met with the Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park team first, to collect wheelbarrows and gloves – and instructions. Park Manager Ken whizzed through the park’s fascinating facts, covering everything from wildlife to top cow parsley-plucking tips.

We then made our way through the centre of the park, to the area near The Big Green Pile (as it sounds) where we covered the basics of tonight’s task: pulling out cow parsley.

Why were we doing it?

Cow parsley can be invasive, taking up light and space. Without any control, the plant and its seeds spread quickly. Removing the flowering stem in late Spring helps manage this plant in this huge, much loved, historic cemetery and nature reserve.

How we got on

The team worked - you guessed it – tirelessly as usual. Getting to grips very quickly with these tough stems, the area started to look transformed very quickly. Working in groups on both sides of the park path, GoodGymers filled barrow after barrow with armfuls of the cow parsley.

With all that squatting, plucking and wheeling, it proved to be quite the Monday night workout. The time sped by, and before we knew it, it was well after 8 and we were wheeling the final barrow back to The Big Green Pile, to pose for one last picture.

We strolled back to base, grateful to Richard from the FOTHCP team for taking barrows and gloves off our hands.

Another fantastic night - well done everyone.

The big shout-outs

…To Giorgio, Yelda, and Alex who joined us for the very first time. You did such a great job, and we hope to see you again very soon.

To Emma who worked hard at Cow Parsley pun research.

To our Task Force (John, Chris, Fiona, Aine and Emma) who project manage-d tonight; helped plan the next few weeks, and who generally do loads behind the scenes.

…And to the whole team tonight, for such a fabulous start to the week.

Until next time.

Report written by Laura Williams

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Olivia Waller
Olivia Waller
Wednesday June 7th, 2023 08:59

Lovely photos, thanks Laura!

Laura Williams
Laura Williams
Wednesday June 7th, 2023 15:25

Great to see you Olivia! Well done for a brilliant evening!

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Laura Williams
Led by Laura Williams

Lucky enough to be the Area Activator for Tower Hamlets. Personal trainer. Seriously sweet tooth.

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