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5 GoodGymers made their way to help the Friends of Canonbury Square Gardens in Islington.

  • John Shirley
  • Elizabeth
  • Emily
  • Natasha Southam
  • Harish
Saturday, 21st of May 2022
Led by Simon Fitzmaurice

Today, at least 5 GoodGymmers met up to help The Friends of Canonbury Square Gardens with their open community gardening session (I mean, I spoke to 4 other people, but I'm sure there were more of us!). This is a monthly event, occuring on the 3rd Saturday morning of every month.

There were a range of jobs on offer today.

John volunteered for composting duty with an alacrity that suggested that last year's Covid has yet to release its grip on his sense of smell (or that he's possibly done enough composting with manure to be ambivalent to the scent of Canonbury's offerings).

Natasha started off by aerating the lawn using an intriguing rolling aerator. Despite looking simple enough, the struggle was real, and I was glad not to have volunteered for it myself. After the lawn was done, she joined Emily with a general potter that somehow included killing a tree (I was assured that this was intended 😎👍🏻).

Finally, Harish and I swept blossom off the paths of the Eastern gardens. This was incredibly satisfying work (and I'm not just saying that because I somehow commandeered the better brush at the start and bragged about the fact with every push of the broom). Harish enjoyed it so much, he wanted to take home the leaf grabber we used to transfer the piles of blossom to the compost bins. Ultimately, we decided that he would be too conspicuous carrying it off and so he's been forced to add it to his Christmas list.

Apologies to anyone I didn't speak to (& so haven't included): please do drop a note below to say which bits you worker on today 😊

Report written by Elizabeth

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John Shirley
John Shirley
Sunday May 22nd, 2022 16:34

Natasha from Islington was the other runner.

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