Six of us braved the Sheffield monsoon weather this eve to meet with SUSTRANS SIMON at the Durham Ox pub (not for pints) to help clear a section of notorious National Cycle Network (NCN).
Unfortunately this small dog leg section is notorious for littering and parts of of the Ox regularly falling off the old pub that has seen better days/is crumbling to the ground/was on fire not too long ago.
We took bricks and barbed wire (very carefully) off the path, swept debris and dirt to one side, had a good litter pick and chopped back some of the encroaching overgrowth to keep the path as accessible, usable, attractive and safe as possible.
I feel that by the end of our sweeping we had rolled out the red carpet for cyclists! - Celine
It was really appreciated by Simon and we'll be back with him again soon on another section of the NCN soon!
We had two groups working on the park, cutting back bushes making it a nicer place to be.
See https://www.goodgym.org/reports/we-came-we-trimmed-bushes-and-went-to-the-pub for a more detailed report of the mission.
5 goodgymers met Marvelous Maria and her dog at the Common Ground Community Garden, where the task was to clear all grass and weeds out from an area adjacent to the pavement ready for the planting of a new lavender hedge. The task looked daunting but the Sun was shining and in typical GG style we all got straight to work and finished the first clear of the bed in the two hours, and even had time to start planting up. Looking forward to seeing and smelling the lavender grow in the coming months.
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Group 2 of 2: Trimming curved hedge above the milestone, using secateurs and loppers. Tidy up clippings and bag up for easy removal.
Tools will be wiped down before use and to remain with the Goodgymer for the session (no sharing of tools).
Things to bring: *Suitable clothing and shoes *Your own gardening / work gloves.
Note: Plan is to have to separate Goodgym groups of 6 people working at a safe distance from each other. If we don't quite get the full 12 we may split the group in two on the day to have equal numbers in each group.
Meeting Point: Group 2 to meet at the Millstone and benches in the park between Thirlwell Road and Albert Road.
We have been asked back to Common Ground community garden to assist with, among the usual spring jobs, creating a lavender hedge. This will involve removing turf, digging over and planting.
I will likely not be able to attend this time, so there may be no Taskforce presence. Maria who manages the garden will be there. As usual, bring your own gloves.
NB. If preferable, Maria is also available for the session to run Sunday 25th 10-12
Having recently found out they are losing government cultural funding and finding out that a small print of Covid guidelines meant they won't be able to host weddings they had booked in the next few weeks, Abbeydale Picture House's financial situation is looking worrying. Plans are now in place to open a beer garden in the car park from next weekend to hopefully bring in some much needed revenue. That's where GoodGym comes in.
First job was digging weeds from planters and adding some fresh plants. Then we set to cutting back overgrowth and picking litter. Tom even climbed a tree to retrieve some packaging caught in the branches to cheers of "not all heroes wear capes"!
Over the next week, the potholes will be filled, marquee, tables and lighting brought in. I can't wait to see what it looks like and hope it does good business. I feel a charitable visit from a group of Goodgymmers coming...
With over a year of COVID restrictions and now funding falling through, Abbeydale Picture House are in real financial struggles. To help keep afloat, they plan to transform the car park into an outdoor beer garden.
This is where GoodGym comes in, to give it a good spruce up to make this possible. It'll mainly be 'gardening' duties - trimming back ivy/buddleia, repainting planters, and planting some fresh flowers and plants into freshly painted planters.
There's loads of space to socially distance and enough tools and equipment for everyone to have their own. Please bring your own gloves and clothes you don't mind getting mucky.