We had a late start to one our usual haunts today at Harbottle park where a group of us were helping Park Ranger/former teacher Mike.
We had the wonderful Sara join us for her first ever goodgym session and some old hands like myself, Katie and the 3 Amys. Today's was a fair big task with some people helping rebuild the fences and other trying to cut back the plants which had grown over the path.
Towards the end of the task, Mike gave us a quick lesson on the different trees and wild flowers and now we can recognise a cherry tree, sycamore and maple trees. We also learnt about the high vitamin c content of rose hip. I'm sure we will all be on the look out for plants out and about.
It was lovely to have a nice big group on such a sunny day. Good luck to anyone running the GNR and we will be back at the parks in 3 weeks time.
Come along to another fun morning with Urban Green Newcastle as we help out with general park maintenance at Harbottle Park.
Ranger Mike has a bunch of jobs to get stuck into and there's something for everyone.
YOU MUST PROVIDE YOUR OWN GLOVES FOR THIS TASK.
Look for the red tshirts when you arrive, there's no obligation to stay for the whole duration.
Hello September and hello again to Newcastle Eagles community gardens!
It's always a great task with super Task Owner Neil who doubles up as task owner and runner regularly for us! Tonight we were weeding in the huge car park which had already been started by a group of Cadets a few days earlier.
We trialled a new starting point tonight: Central Station.
Pros: easy to find, easy to get to, opposite a Starbucks
Cons: very busy, millions of passing runners, wanted to get a Starbucks before we'd even started.
I took a solo walk to the task tonight on what turned out to be the first autumnal day in what feels like a very long time, and met up with the others who were already about to get stuck in. We had to remove and clear (very prickly) weeds to keep the car park safe and clear. It was another task where the time flew by and contained several thousand very purposeful squats!
Neil, Amy and Paul got stuck into pulling, weeding and clearing while I nominated myself for carrying and dumping the weeds- very satisfying!
Paul had perhaps the toughest job of the night, removing a very deep-rooted and stubborn tree that eventually took both him, Neil and a fork to get it out. I think you can see from the before and after pictures that we made a tree-mendous difference tonight.
PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN GLOVES FOR THIS TASK!
Run, walk and volunteer at this monthly group session with Newcastle Eagles. The foundation relies on the support of volunteers to keep their gardens and outdoor spaces clear and tidy, and they have been great supporters of GG Newcastle since the start. We will be gardening and weeding, and there will be jobs for everyone.
There will be an optional fitness session to complete before we run and walk back to the start point.
Meet READY TO RUN outside Central Station where there are public toilets if anyone needs to use them.
You must register in advance for this group run.
I was joined by Dan (3rd good deed in 3 consecutive days!!), Louise (who also helped on Sunday with Urban Green) and then Seb and Amy (who both helped at Nunsmoor Park on Saturday)
We met at the Cycle Hub and went on a walk along the Quayside. Finds included a dummy, a beer glass, some coins (remember money?!) and lots of cans and bottles and cigarette ends.
Litter picks are so much easier now we have litter pickers for people to use.
I'm sure we will be back out soon. It is always a good task as its a great chance to meet new people, have a walk and get some fresh air whilst helping keep Newcastle tidy.
Amy has done 10 good deeds. They are a trusted GoodGym runner and are now eligible to join their local TaskForce.
Four GoodGymers gave up their Saturday lie in and braved the wind and the rain at Nunsmoor Park this morning.
Alongside a number of regular park volunteers, Katy, Amy, Seb and myself were tasked with clearing a large area of weeds and nettles from an area just outside of the impressive bike garden. As you can see in the before and after photos we were able to achieve quite a lot in the two hours and the regular volunteers were very pleased, and thankfully we were located under the cover of trees throughout the task so we managed to avoid getting too wet!
A big congratulations to Seb for completing his 5th good deed and Amy for completing her 10th, go and give them a cheer! However, I feel that everyone deserves an extra good deed today for being involved in a non-stop game of throw-and-catch with Mitsy (pictured above)!
It was great to be back at Nunsmoor Park and to feel like we made a genuine difference and I'm sure we'll be back soon which is certainly something to look forward too!
Come to run, walk, do good things and catch up! Please note this is now a community mission, in change to previous listing meaning there is no fitness session included.
Meeting at The Cycle Hub where there is free parking, we will then make our way to a few litter hot spots in smaller groups to run or walk.
Bags will be provided, but please bring your own gloves if you have them.
NB: There is no storage facility so please arrive READY TO RUN/WALK.
Change to previous listing: please meet at Nunsmoor Park.
Nunsmoor is an amazing hidden gem and we will be helping out with a range of tasks to keep the area looking splendid. We can't wait to get back. There's something for everyone!
PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN GARDENING GLOVES FOR THIS TASK IF YOU HAVE THEM.
Please note that this community mission has been cancelled.
Come along to do good things to help our friends at Newcastle Eagles.
They have requested our help in some general weeding, clearing and tidying in their car parks as they begin welcoming groups and spectators back at the end of lockdown.
Just arrive and look for the red T-shirts! Tools will be provided but you MUST bring your own gloves for this one.