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We had a snail of a time...

6 runners ran to help the Freightliners City Farm in Islington.

  • Simon Fitzmaurice
  • Nikki Holman
  • Marie-Laure Hicks
  • Mali D
  • David Metcalf
  • Mark Boustead
Wednesday, 8th of July 2020
Led by Simon Fitzmaurice

6 Goodgym folks braved the drizzle to come and help out at Freightliner's Farm last night. We have had some really great sessions here over the last few weeks, contributing towards getting the farm prepared for their proposed opening this weekend.

Goodgym runners have removed huge chunks of soil and rubble from pathways to allow easy access for all visitors, using a safe one-way system, and have collected multiple truck loads of overgrown plants, grass and green waste to make the farm presentable.

We were greeted with the smell of homemade gooseberry jam being boiled on a stove as we entered the cafe area (hopefully open soon too!). Lots of fruit, veg and plants will be available to buy to support the project.

Firstly, our team set about gathering up the remnants of old fences, and placing them on the back of the pick up truck. New fences will be installed soon, to aid the one-way system. We then separated into 2 teams, and started to remove green trimmings, old overgrown plants and nettles from the footpaths. Many wheelbarrows were filled with spiky plants and long branches, but we did a excellent job of clearing the space!

We were treated to a short tour of the animal enclosure before heading off, and had the chance to say "Hello" to Bramble the Goat, Milthilda the cow, lots of sheep, various Kune Kune pigs, all the farm cats (Bagheera, Molly and Whiskey the shop cat) and hundreds of snails, out enjoying the weather!

Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

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Thursday July 9th, 2020 09:46

A brilliant snail feature photo.

John Shirley
John Shirley
Thursday July 9th, 2020 11:26

well done all

Mali D
Mali D
Tuesday July 14th, 2020 23:42

Love the picture!

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