Community mission

Pruning and Picnics

11 runners ran to help the Crouch End Open Space in Islington.

  • Alex Cameron-Smith
  • John Shirley
  • Steve Lee
  • Simon Fitzmaurice
  • Redbridge runner
  • Tessa
  • Karen
  • Barnet runner
  • Jenny
  • Hackney runner
  • Hannah
Sunday, 18th of July 2021
Led by Simon Fitzmaurice

The Goodgym crew returned to GG Islington's longest running community mission this weekend, enjoying some midday forestry renovation at Crouch End Open Space in some beautiful summer sunshine!

We met up with the local volunteer group, Friends of CREOS, in the middle of their dedicated meadow. There were a mix of Goodgymmers, regular helpers and local neighbours on hand to assist with the tasks. John, Paul, Karen, Jenny and Hannah picked up clippers and secateurs to start clearing back some of the low hanging branches and bushes along the pathways, while Alex volunteered to borrow some pickers and a few waste bags to plog some known picnic spots around the meadow.

Steve agreed to pitch into some hard graft, and used a wheelbarrow and shovel to clear lots of debris blocking the paths near Hanley tennis courts after the heavy rain earlier in the week. Tessa, Dharmesh and Emily continued our dead hedging task (one of our favourites), which involves creating natural barriers near footpaths to dissuade walkers and runners from travelling through wild spaces.

We completed loads of tasks within the 90 minutes we dedicated on Sunday, and the CREOS team were thrilled. As a Thank You, we were invited to join them for a picnic in the sun, with cold drinks, snacks and home cooked quinches and baguettes on offer. A wonderful way to finish a busy morning of Goodgymming!

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