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On a beautiful Sunday morning, 8 GoodGymers met at Millenium Fields to help St Nicks on their eco-active day. Our task was to lay bark chip along a mud track to make a new footpath.
After introducing the task and totally showing off his new smartphone (showing off meaning asking how to use it...), Jonathon left us to complete the task. Kieran and I were on raking duty whilst the rest of the team filled the large dumpy bags with bark. I took charge (edit: Leanne took charge) and ensured the operation ran smoothly. After little over half an hour, the path was essentially completed. We received a few thanks from passer byers and even had a puppy roll around the fresh laid path...I assume they were also thankful!
Jonathon then tasked us to lay another path in the nearby woods. Luckily he was there to help us out by letting us fill the famous St Nicks trike with the bark and then he transported it over.
After the hour was done, the bark pile was empty, a new path was lain and another was started. What better way to celebrate then cake and coffee!
So we can still be active, social and community spirited by doing a little plogging over this month. Ideally with another member or friend. Maybe you have spotted some rubbish locally. If you need a picker let me know and I will try to drop one off to you. Send us a picture of your exploits. This a a rolling event to do before the end of the month. (Litter pick any time that suits you)
Well done to all the litter pickers who registered to help over the month of April. I know how bizarrely satisfying picking up litter can be.. like some kind of reminder of a childhood treasure hunt. There’s always a curiosity or some ghastly sight! well done for getting out and active and doing something good at the same time!
Thanks for coming to my first morning session with Good Gym and just 30 minutes!. Hope you found it a good way to start your day. I would encourage you to have a little quiet time every morning it's a great habit.... your feedback would be appreciated just a couple of comments about how you felt during, after and the following day.
here is what Beth said
Thanks for yoga! Just back from my run, felt slow at the time (lots of traffic and pedestrians in the way) but looking at the stats it was my second fastest on that route at a much lower HR than my fastest - so I think the yoga did really help even if I wasn’t aware of it at the time! Thank you - have a great day!
keep building on the mountain!
As the poor weather of the previous day improved and the sun came out we were in luck with a lovely evening for a bit of GGing.
We were met by 3 volunteers from Chapmans Pond who were ready with instructions and tools and soon put us up to work. Arriving out of breath Max was managed a quick sprint along the lake to get his stava to read a nice whole number and then his first contribution was to find a dead rat. Here Pete, Liz, Max and Paul were digging a path and filling with bark to enable access to the bird feeders - hoping that we didnt disturb the nesting tits too much...
Meanwhile Abi, Dom, Babs and Kieran were working hard to rake up cuttings that were being produced as fast as they could be raked into the "compost wall". Abi "ladybird whisperer" succeeded in saving some of the local wildlife which was appropriate as the areas being raked are destined as a butterfly area, willow arch and wildlife area.
Great work from everyone and we were treated to cake before departing our separate ways for food and customer reviews of local hostelries...
St Nicks invited us to take part in an Ecoactive session at the Millennium Fields. The session will involve soil inversion and seed sowing. UPDATE! Jonathan is aiming to get some woodchip delivered to do the paths as well as sowing and soil inversion.
We will be volunteering alongside St Nicks volunteers, however they will be in a separate team and at an appropriate distance from us. Tools for the task will be provided, but please bring your gardening gloves.
Meet by the small woodland copse half way up the fields on the river side.