We headed back to Miltoncross this evening to help continue the clearing of the green area which can be used for eco club. We didn’t have as many people as last time due to a few feeling unwell. Sending get well wishes to those. We were joined once again by Charlotte, a senior student who came up with the idea to clear this area and make better use of it.
We split into two teams, one team tackled the litter again and there is a lot of it. Jen, Maura, Rosie and Tracey started picking the litter in the area that had been cleared in our previous visit. A load more pens, sweet wrappers, plastic bottles and cans were discovered. Jen found a ruler that was in great condition and took this home so it can be cleaned up and used. The most interesting find was a school dinner tray that had been thrown over the fence into the area. This was left safely in the school yard hoping that it may be cleaned and reused back in the canteen.
The next group of Aoife, Charlotte, Jo and Tony started clearing more nettles near to the pond area that had been done last time. The nettles were never ending and most of us were still stung on the arms, legs and hands even though we all wore long sleeves and long leggings to try and protect ourselves.
The compost heap was added to yet again and plenty of rubbish and recycling was put in the bins. We’ve made progress again on clearing this area and there is still a lot more to do. We are back next week for those who want to win the battle of the nettles.
Meet at Fratton Community Centre.
Indoor task - to make lanterns for the light parade. This will take place in the community centre. The light parade is a bit earlier this year so the lantern making needs to happen earlier! At least 10 people needed for this task. Nice and relaxed, a good unwind after a day at a screen.
Outdoor task - run to Miltoncross school from Fratton to continue on the green space clearing. This will be a much more physical task!
Our return trip to Pompey in the Community was a super speedy one - 6 GoodGymmers managed to get a second coat of paint on the benches in just half the time the first cost took.
Maura cast her always discerning eye over our efforts - if it doesn't pass Maura's Quality Control its not good enough!
Luckily the rain stayed away long enough for us to complete our task!
Unfortunately I can't credit our Junior Photographer Alice on the register, but she managed to take impressive 120 photos in just five minutes! I have filtered through then for the report 🙈
Following on from our first session, Pompey in the Community have asked for our help putting a top coat of paint on their picnic benches.
We are back as a full group to help continue to green space clearance.
There will be:
litter picking - with some weird and wonderful finds guaranteed
nettle clearing - with a prize if you avoid being stung!
And the compost pile will be getting higher and higher!
Head torches recommended
Meet at the school (run/walk/cycle to get there - bikes can be brought into the site). We will do a fitness session on the playground after the digging/clearing - we will be well warmed up by then!
Aoife is a now a pretty committed GoodGym runner. They've just run to do good for the fifth time
A good turn out today for the first visit to Miltoncross to start to clear the green area so it can be used for eco club, Duke of Edinburgh's Award volunteering, science and geography lessons.
We were joined tonight by Andy Ames from Hampshire & IOW Wildlife Trust, Miss Williams the geography teacher and Charlotte, the senior student who came up with the idea to put the area to use.
There was A LOT of litter to be collected, many years of crisp packets, strange drinks cans (have you heard of "Emoji" drink?), LOADS of pens, an ancient football boot and a disfunctional laptop. We also filled a good few bags with recycling so the site bins are much fuller tonight. Andy used a found piece of guttering to hold some of the plastic bottles when we ran out of bags.
In addition to picking the litter, we also started to clear the old pond area. So. Many. Nettles. It didn't matter what protective clothing you had on, you were guaranteed to go home with more stings than you came with.
We doubled the compost heap, found plenty of wood for the bug hotel and rehomed some beetles and a bee.
90 minutes passed fast and although we made a good dent, there is still loads to do here so we will definitely be back! Watch this space for dates.
Please note that this community mission has been cancelled.
There is always a lot of litter on the Whale Island beach.
Those who take part in the Run-Walk-Local Portsmouth could jog or cycle to the meeting place for this beach clean. Others may want to use this as a reason to stretch your legs to another part of the city.