Goodgym members gathered at this extraordinary forest in the middle of North London to help the Rangers of Highgate woods. We met with Gilbert who suggested we were employed to search and destroy several of the dens. The structures are potentially dangerous and do not provide a useful habitat for woodland life in particular the insects and fungi. The wood is better rotting on the floor. We destroyed four structures before running back to the cafe area to do some exercises. Good fun and a good deed done on a lovely sunny day.
We are looking to help the Ranger in Highgate Woods who usual takes the time to show us around and is very knowledgeable. Possibly general assistance or Den destruction. Meet at the café ( middle of the woods). Limited numbers of places first come basis. Social distance will be maintained throughout our visit. Hope you can run cycle or walk to the task. If we have time we may do some additional exercise. The Ranger is Cindy.
Join us as we help the team at CREOS, a local conservation charity, maintain and improve a lovely green oasis in Crouch End.
CREOS looks after the meadows and wooded pathways of the Crouch End Open Space. GoodGym runners have been helping them maintain this beautiful patch of land for a while now, and the CREOS team always has lots for us to do.
We'll meet for an 11am start and aim to work for two hours. Stay as long as you can... but if you can make it to 1pm you'll get to enjoy a picnic* provided by the CREOS team. (Though this may be contingent on the weather!)
Here is a link to our start location- over at CREOS Meadow:
Anna has helped keep other people motivated, Anna has noticed what others have done and cheered 10 people. We doff our caps to you Anna.
18 Goodgymmers played chicken with the weather as they chased the rainbow and lent a hand to the Osborne Grove Homeless Shelter.
A Maudlin Interval
Good ol' Gramps reached his 100th Good Deed yesterday. And what a crazy ride it's been indeed. He'd wanted to fly under the radar - after the last couple of years we've had, we have missed out on so many birthday and milestone celebrations, it felt almost self-indulgent to make any sort of noise about his own. But Goodgym Haringey folk are a wonderful and sneaky sort and they had made so much cake and prepared such a beautiful celebration, that even a tough old grump like Gramps couldn't fail to be touched. Here's hoping that as things slowly gain some semblance of normality, we can have a big social to celebrate every single one of our lovely Haringey Goodgymmers to make up for all those celebrations we have missed out on. <3
Also, Happy Birthday to our very own Super Sarah!
Somewhere clover the rainbow....
As we met Samson from the Osborne Grove Homeless Shelter last night, the weather was having a moment: part blue skies, part stormy clouds, beautiful rainbow over us. Ok, that sounds almost idyllic - it was in fact pretty wet.
But on we went, and got on with the job at hand. Last week we sorted out the front of the Grove and last night was the turn of the back garden. It was a big job. We saved a lovely blanket of clover in the middle of the garden but other than that, everything else got a pretty hefty post-lockdown haircut.
We also cleared all the moss and weeds from the tiles and liberated all the benches from overgrown stinging nettles.
By the time it came to cut the cakes, the garden was looking ace.
PLEASE BRING FACEMASKS, GARDENING GLOVES, YOUR OWN SECAUTERS/ GARDEN TROWEL (IF POSSIBLE). THANKS
I'm not going to lie, this is meant to be a big job. Sounds like a very large garden that has been left to its own devices for far too long so some good old school weeding/ pruning/ tree surgery/ landscaping needed. It's a new task for GGHaringey. Join us!