We fluttered by for the butterflies
14 GoodGymers made their way 5km to help their local community in Wandsworth.
- Monday, 15th of May 2023
It was a very busy night in Wandsworth yesterday as a group of GoodGymers ran the short distance to Providence House and Waste Not Want Not to help tidy up their outside area ahead of their Farm to City week in early June.
The idea behind the festival is to bring in animals and more to the youth centre from its 'urban lung' farm in Devon to give local kids a taste of the countryside. Our job was to help get them ready for that as well as prepare an area for planting with butterfly friendly plants.
We were happy to welcome Nicholas to his very first session and together we ran down to our task to meet up with the others, including Alice who had run her first race with Catherine the day before. Way to go both - and well done for making it after such a hard run!
We met with Esther and Hadas who got us cracking with the jobs, and we were soon a buzz of activity. The gardening team got started with the weeding, after a bit of convincing to pull out the pretty plants which had to go to make way for the new ones which will attract more butterflies and other biodiversity. Meanwhile a group was clearing out part of Providence House to make more space for the event, while others were sanding down so the raised bed could be painted.
We had lots of interest from people passing by, especially when it was time to put the new colour on, which we all agreed was a lovely shade!
We spent 45 minutes working hard and by the end of our time there the area was transformed. It's always amazing to see what a difference we can make together in a short amount of time. Well done everybody! I have lots of lovely photos but unfortunately there is a glitch in the website and I can't upload them right now. I'll put them up as soon as it's fixed.
We just had time to nip over to Banana Park to do a fitness session which saw us really test our legs. Squats followed by frogs is not an easy combo!
Next week we're going to be going to Omnibus, an independent arts theatre run as a charity to help wash their windows. There is also this mission in Tooting which is looking for a few pairs of helping hands!
Have a great week, everybody!
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