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Round of Apple-lause for Goodgym

11 runners ran to help the Tree musketeers in Hackney.

  • Stephanie Wells
  • Hackney runner
  • Eva Sharpe
  • Toyin
  • Clair Sim
  • Ignatius Fernandes
  • Kate Smith
  • Amanda Bater
  • Leo
  • Andrea Castegnaro
  • Jacqueline Eriksson
Saturday, 31st of August 2019
Led by Clair Sim

On Saturday morning Goodgym joined our friends the Tree Musketeers at their community nursery in Hackney. After a 5k warmup at next door’s hackney marshes parkrun, a bumper crop of goodgymers met to get stuck into three tasks. Group one were weeding round an apple tree and another part of the nursery so that the volunteers can expand a flower bed. Group two dug out a soil pile so it could be raised onto a pallet for better drainage. This involved hand drilling holes into a board to go on top of the pallet. This is to prevent a disease called Phytophera, which is not present at the nursery, but could be a threat. Group 3 scrubbed a mammoth pile of plant pots and bags to ensure they’re clean and uncontaminated for the next batch of trees to be planted. A little over two hours of hard graft later we were rewarded with as many apples as we could fit in our bags to take home. The nursery is open the last Saturday of every month all year round so get September in your diaries when hopefully the sloe berries will be ready to harvest. Cheers!

Report written by Clair Sim

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