Tower Hamlets

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Turning over a new leaf

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

  • Martin
  • John Shirley
  • Chris Burns
  • Laura Williams
  • Millie Craker-Horton
  • Tower Hamlets runner
  • Lily
  • Esme Ingram
  • Rohan
  • Emma Jones
  • Lobo
  • Dorota Ciupa
  • David Rampton
Monday, 8th of January 2024
Led by Laura Williams

GoodGymer by GoodGymer, tonight's group slowly but surely increased in size.

It was a decent-sized group who ploughed through tonight's workout (as many standing body weight exercises as we could think of, in 20 minutes).

As we focused on every-type-of-lunge, task owner Ken prepared tonight's kit: the best collection of rakes and working wheelbarrows in East London. At 18:58 we were gathering for tonight's briefing, before donning head torches and gloves galore and making our way through this beautiful-but-dark park.

Raking basics

Arriving at a fantastically well-lit spot, Ken proceeded to talk us through tonight's raking basics.

Our job was to clear leaves from 100m of chalk wildflower banks on the southern boundary of the park (the fallen autumn leaves can prevent fertility returning to the meadow, which would make the meadow less suitable for delicate wildflowers and grasses. If left unraked, the conditions could change enough to 'better suit nuisance plants such as Nettles, Bindweed and Cow Parsley, thereby losing the wildflower diversity').

Our task was to work along the bank, methodically raking the leaves off the meadow, gathering them into barrows and relocating them to the park's green waste site for shredding.

The team wasted no time in getting down to work. Spread out along this pretty bank, the raking soon commenced, and it wasn't long before large piles of leaves were being wheeled over to the huge green waste pile.

We made it to the end of the bank in good time, counting no fewer than 24 trips to the compost heap!

Way to go team!

A great night enjoyed by all.

Shout-outs to Lily and Dorota who joined us for their first Monday night task! Great to see you and we look forward to seeing you again very soon.

Thanks and well done to Emma, who was tasked with 'Dropped Pin-duty' again tonight and a fabulous joint effort for tonight's fun pun from Millie, Lily, Esme and Emma.

Next week we head back to the gorgeous Town Hall Hotel and Cranbrook Community Garden for gardening, running, and a post-task stretch. Don't miss out!

(And don't forget, Friday sees the return of the London GoodGym Social!)

Until then.

Report written by Laura Williams

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Jack Da Silva
Jack Da Silva
Wednesday January 10th, 2024 16:05

Great work all!

Laura Williams
Laura Williams
Monday January 15th, 2024 16:29

Thanks Jack!

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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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