Welcome to GoodGym Barnet! We're a friendly and social group who combine exercise with helping out in the local community. We meet every week to get active and do a physical task to help the charities and community organisations and projects in our area.
This week we will help prepare the forest school paths. Prepare to use shovels and wheelbarrows.
Helping the caretaker lay woodchip on the path for the children to access the woods. It’s a short run or walk followed by a drink at the Phoenix café.
GoodGym is for everyone. We welcome runners of all abilities and it is often possible to walk to the task if you would prefer. We always have a back-marker so no-one is left behind - we're about achieving something together so you'll always be welcome no matter what your pace is.
Ali has done 10 good deeds. They are a trusted GoodGym runner and are now eligible to join their local TaskForce.
A few goodgym members came together to help at the Tiny Forest near Henley‘s Corner. The Tiny Forest Barnet is a newly planted green space for recreation, education, and engagement through citizen science. With the aim of developing an appreciation of what a unadulterated planting of trees and bushes does for the local environment. As usual we gathered at phoenix cinema numbered up and suggested a favourite restaurant to enjoy. (Please add in the comments) mine was Dishroom in King’s Cross. What was yours? We warmed up with a gentle jog down the High Street doing side steps through the tube and into the quiet streets of East Finchley. Upon reaching Littleton playing Fields we did some power skipping through the grass. It’s amazing how exhausting 200 m of skipping can be! Well done all! Particularly John who had recently fallen off his bicycle and suffered some rib injuries which caused him a little discomfort. We then took a little detour through the big and little wood to see the bluebells magnificent for sight and smell! We soon reached the Tiny Forest and set about our task which was to number up the slabs and carry out a survey of the ground insects under each of the six slabs. This data was then entered into the Earth watch portal for collation at head office. Interesting to say the first colonisers were ants! Hopefully overtime more varied insects will be seen. (See photo) The injured Cloud had joined us so we walked back to the little & big wood to view the bluebells again. I’m getting addicted! We then ran back to the Phoenix with the option of a short sprint. Thanks for coming and doing some citizen science!
This is the newly planted Tiny Forest. We will be checking the site for rubbish. Hopefully doing some citizen science measurements and entering them into the Earthwatch portal for the science department.
Just over 2.5 km run plus the same back. If you have time we can do a group exercise.
Barnet‘s newest green space ‘The Tiny Forest’ Barnet, near Henlys Corner (A406). Sitting on the edge of the North Circular it’s a symbol of pure nature against the ravages of the busiest of London’s roads.
This little piece of woodland no bigger than a tennis court is to be a natural habitat for trees, shrubs, and all the life it can potentially hold. It will be unique for its method of planting and for keeping humans outside its borders.
If you want to meet at the site we should arrive about 7.25 - 7.30pm Address
Tiny Forest Barnet Henlys corner near Mutton Brook (https://what3words.com/went.give.torn)
The manager at the Phoenix Cinema has offered us a group discount to go and see a film of our choice. The Phoenix Cinema is held in trust and is the oldest purpose-built cinema in the UK. It provides a venue for Goodgym Barnet and is an incredible asset to the community. The cinema has also offered a 10% discount on individual members who buy food and drink when visiting the cinema. ( you just need to show your GoodGym profile on your phone) Group social Date and film to be decided. Maybe sometime in May? How about Monday evening the 30th?
A few GoodGym members came together at the Phoenix Cinema to support the friends of Coldfall Woods. Phew what didnt we do last night!.. 😅 here is the list!
Book Club, a run, paired squats , forest fencing ( that’s not a martial art), social chats, Forest bathing, yoga breathing, another run, warm down stretches and a drink in the Cafe! ( 3 also cycled home)
We gathered for a chat , warmup and all recommended a favourite read. ( could you send your suggestions in the comments below?) We ran the 1 km to Coldfall and stopped to do some paired squats before meeting others at the entrance to the Wood. We met our host Vicci who explained we were going to repair the forest fences to encourage new growth within the wood. We also removed some unsightly items for disposal. The wood was magical with new green growth and an eerie twilight glow. To finish we gathered to do some forest bathing by just standing still and listening to the wood. ( it’s big in Japan)
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Big welcome and cheer for Rachel on her first group run! ( please click on her name to register your support or give her a cheer)
well done for doing something with your energy making yourself stronger and supporting your local community.
you did good!
Coldfall Wood is a fascinating area of ancient woodland covering 14 hectares. We will support the friends of the wood and recreational ground in keeping the area beautiful.
Its a short run ( Walk or Bike) from the Phoenix Cinema.
Possible activities include Helping to install fencing around wildflower meadow. Creating forest fences to protect new growth. Tree base clearing.
Get better connected with your local environment, get fitter and meet some greta people.
Session taken by UK athletics trainer run leader and will include group exercises.(optional)
Please note that this group run has been cancelled.
Running from The Phoenix Cinema (or meeting at the park) we are helping to maintain the grounds of Stephens house and gardens this week (charity park in Finchley.)
Walking option is to meet at the park at the Sylvan gate The Avenue N3 3QE at 7. 20pm meeting the gardener Josh or Helen Please note the park will be locked if you come late. Here is a precise what3words address, made of 3 random words. https://w3w.co/other.jumped.mason
We will look to do some group exercise if time allows.
Ali is part of a crowd that's making a huge noise. Ali has been cheered by 25 people - that's a round of applause just on their own. We hope they keep it up.
Five GoodGym members came together to support the local forest school in East Finchley. Just a kilometre away from the Phoenix Cinema it was a quick run to meet up with John. We shovelled woodchip into wheelbarrows and emptied the contents around the schools encampment. Peter and Ali were so keen to do the job that they were running the wheelbarrows. We had time enough to have a social drink at the Phoenix café. Welcome to Moya on her first group run. hope you wheely enjoyed it!