23 GoodGymers made their way 8.0km to help the St Aelreds Primary School and Nursery - Wildlife Area in York.
- Monday, 10th of July 2023
👍 23 excellent GoodGymmers braved the uncertain weather for our group run this evening.
👣 Theresa set off on foot, Dom and Barbara led a party pace group whilst Mitch tempered his natural running pace to lead another fairly leisurely group. We also had a few cyclists, coming from CVS and meeting us at the task so the full range!
🌱 We all gathered at St Aelred’s Primary School where we were warmly and enthusiastically welcomed by Katrina and Freya. We quickly set to work, chopping back overgrowth to shovel and spread woodchip on the path. Other groups were checking on our newly-planted trees and litter-picking 🥫
🥾 A third woodchip vehicle (a trailer) was sourced, which increased efficiency and meant we were able to cover all the paths in the enclosed forest school area in the time available. We almost started on the path outside but the was some debate on whether to wait for the edging for that. We may do it next week when we’re back.
Looking back at the end of our session, it was really lovely to see the transformation compared to when we first started going there. It was also brilliant to hear from Katrina that the pre-school have already started using it and getting lots of benefits from exploring the outdoors there. She’s excited to see how the rest of the school will use it when the new outdoor classroom is added in a couple of weeks.
🔥 Meanwhile, we’ll be back there next week to finish spreading woodchip on the paths. They’ve also found a patch they’d like us to clear and woodchip, hoping to add some seating and even a fire pit there, which is pretty cool.
🍻 It was soon time to head back to base in our various groups and onto the pub where it was great to chat to Theresa about all things GoodGym 👌
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Led by Nicky Woodall
Area Activator for GoodGym York. Loves everything running, from parkrun alphabet collecting to marathons. Will run for cake!
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