So great to start to see some of the old GG faces coming back to group runs and numbers becoming more consistent, long may it continue. We gathered outside The Showroom and headed out to meet MARVELLOUS MARIA at Common Lane Community Garden.
On arrival Maria gave us a marvellous brief on the tasks that needing doing on the Community Garden site and around the Community Centre which included:
- Weeding all around the centre and some of the beds
- Repairing the compost heap with new (old) pallets
- Litter picking around the site
We got straight to it, quickly splitting into groups and getting straight on task.
Becky & Lan got down to earth, weeding a corner bed.
Ash kept a level headed repairing the compost heap with Racheal and Abi.
Once time was upon us and we’d downed tools, we went from pallets to planks with a good three rounds of ‘plank and go’ where we paired up heel to heel in the plank position and took turns in our pairs to do sprint laps around the 9 ladies style stone circle before swapping with our partner.
We had a steady jog back with a small STARVA sprint section at the end for those that fancied a challenge and then stretched off before heading inside for some refreshments from The Showroom.
We will be taking on gardening and site maintenance tasks around the Common Ground site:
Machon bank Netheredge Sheffield S7 1GR
This includes emptying compost bins and redistributing the lovely compost to the raised beds, weeding and litter picking to keep the site looking great.
If you have your own gloves and litter pickers, please do bring with you on the night.
This Friday night was a very successful mission with Friends of Crookes Valley Park. Goodgymmers turned up with enthusiasm in spades. James and Abi took the opportunity to run laps of the lake, whilst Michelle and Celine went for a swim before the task.
We headed to a freshly strimmed patch and proceeded to make hay while the sun shined. Then the turf work really began: removing the the top layer of grass and soil with spades. We collected up the sod piles and then worked to dig it over with forks ready to sow seeds.
It was sweaty work and we all got our fitness session for the day! Having made a splash, a few of us jumped back in the lake for another dip and/or headed up to the pub overlooking the lake to toast what we had managed to achieve 🍻
Friends of Crookes Valley Park have requested our assistance to work on "Penny's meadow". A well used location by GG runners and swimmers alike, I'm sure we'd all like to give back!
Jobs will be to remove turf and weeds, cultivate, rake and sow with seed provided. We can do some litter picking too if necessary.
Bring your own gloves and bring your swim stuff if you fancy a dip before or after 🏊♀️
Much like Blur's great song Parklife!.. a blast from the past, Goodgymers were back at the Parkwood Springs Forest Garden today, packing a punch.
Tasks undertaken included: - cutting hedges - weeding the beds - digging out the overgrown old pond to remove the pond liner (and carpet) to turn into a future growing bed
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It was great to see friends from Parkwood Springs Louise and Peter, and Nick and get stuck into socially distancing gardening together.
The Friends of Parkwood Springs are looking to hold future GG sessions, so please look out for future listings, it's a lovely place to visit and help out :)
Parkwood Forest Garden is a beautiful calm space and a productive permaculture project. It is a young forest garden developed by Sheffield City Council in association with volunteers. The Forest Garden is a productive managed woodland, which produces food for both people and wildlife. We have been volunteering regularly at this great location since Feb 2019, our maintenance activities generally include: weeding, mulching and pruning. Meet at Parkwood Springs Forest Garden car park (9.50am) (opposite flats 104-138), Shirecliffe Road, S5 8XB and walk over to the garden for 10.00am. It’s a 5 min walk to the garden from the car park, we can provide directions to the garden. Please note: there are no toilets on site.
All tools and appropriate training are provided. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring your own gardening gloves, sign up in advance and come and join us.
The Friends of Parkwood Springs (FOPS) have started to emerge from lockdown and have been working with the City Council about how to keep everyone safe. They have had a couple of trial Volunteer Sessions and have managed to keep to the guidelines and have a good time in the outdoors. Because we will be limited to groups of no more than 6, FOPS would be very pleased if Goodgym volunteers would like to come to the first Forest Garden session on 8th August from 10-12.00, FOPS can accommodate up to 5 goodgymers.
The council has given guidance which includes: Maintaining social distance of 2 metres at all times. Sanitising tools before and after use, and not sharing tools with others. Volunteers bringing their own drinks/snacks if they want to, but no sharing of food.
FOPS have completed a COVID risk assessment, as well as the usual risk assessment around working outside with tools.
Although it's a relatively short street to litter pick the road is a favourite for making whipped cream it seems so we had quite a few cannisters to pick up. As well as takeaways being enjoyed in cars, with whipped cream being a must for dessert, it's a great place for hanging out and for passing small packages between cars. We were thinking it was a little late in the season for seed swapping but they're probably getting their kale in and their overwintering broad beans organised. Great to see that community spirit is alive and kicking on South Street. It's a very convenient place for meeting your friends and spending some time.
Alongside Linda from Friends of Sheaf Valley Park, we had a lovely litter pick with a bonus visit to Park Hill bins to do our recycling and general waste disposal. I've got a bag of cannisters at mine incase there's something useful to do with them. A man from the Star stopped to chat to us. Seems he's noticed the excessive use of whipped cream in the city too and has picked a bag up too. The fun never stops!
Thanks for coming along. Lovely to see everyone and make the street look so much better!
Lovely Linda met us for our task as the well known community leader, Jolly Jean, who called us to task was called away to an emergency meeting.
Jean has been working tirelessly in the community for years so we were happy to lend a hand with weeding around the centre to make it look lovely for its reopening. Various activities run from the centre and during lockdown the weeds have been growing - although it seemed some had been removed recently from a local person offering to help. Still lots for us to do!
Linda, of Friends of Sheaf Valley Park (FOSVP) and local litter picking fame (plus she's another fantastic community champion in Norfolk Park!), held the fort and got us going on the task. With kitchen knives, hoes, trowels, brushes and other scraping tools we soon weeded between the paving slabs, up the ramps and around the building.
It drizzled but it was a nice session and although our 6th Goodgymer who had signed up didn't appear, we think Linda may be our newest recruit! Although she says she doesn't want to run anywhere. Some of us will see Linda for the litter picking session with FOSVP on South Street next Wednesday evening.
Thanks everyone for turning out on a slightly damp evening. It was really good to see everyone!