The quest to figure out what is achievable in 1.5 hours with a small team of GoodGymmers at the Oxford Mutual Aid food bank saw us packing food parcels tonight but not attempting any deliveries.
We prepared 41 parcels (aided by litter pickers to reach the cornflakes at the top of the corn wall) and helped the drivers load them up. At 6pm we scooted out to jog to our next mission, leaving only 10 parcels for the incoming shift to prepare.
A much less frantic shift than last week: good work everyone!
We've been asked if we can help give the garden of the young person’s mental health unit, the Highfield, a good tidy up to get it ready for spring-/summer. There is only one gardener for the whole of the Warneford Hospital site, so it is a difficult to keep it all looking as good as it could.
It would be fantastic to improve the environment for young people struggling with their mental health - let's get to work!
The Highfield Unit has a large garden divided into 3 different sections, so we will split into teams to work in the different sections. We have also been asked to litter pick the whole hospital complex, so a further team will do that. It's spring clean time everywhere.
Please bring gardening gloves. Other tools will be provided.
Meeting point: on the lawn outside the main entrance of the Warneford Hospital. We will walk to the ward together from there, collecting the tools along the way.
Rivermead Rubbish Song (RHCP arr TW/ZW)
Watch the video : here
Its hard to believe that, there's nobody out there.
Its hard to believe we've all been at home.
And our City of Oxford, is covered in rubbish.
Lonely no more as, we picked some today
Under the Bridge in our town
GoodGymers picked away
Under the Bridge we found
This rubbish could not stay
Under the Bridge Downtown
On such a sunny day
Rubbish in Rivermead
We took it all away
8 GoodGymers cleared up a mountain of rubbish under the Southern Bypass in Rivermead Nature Reserve, Rose Hill. There was a big selection of rusty bike parts, engines, cans and frying pans, mouldy coats and sleeping bags. We often find pants on litter picks, this was no exception.. but this time we came across possibly our first bra (I think)! More cans, bottles, a supermarket trolley it went on and on I'm glad we shifted it! Well done to everyone who lugged it up the hill to the ring road and across to our collection point
We inspired a local Rivermead resident Laura to do her own pick also nearby at the allotments she got 2 big bags and a broken chair to add to our collection :)
Another Trevor collected the rubbish (I'm always amazed to find them!), and we reckon about 50 big bags, plus a load of metal things.. so a big haul!
This afternoon eleven (10 beautifully on time, one sprinting in sweaty and late) goodgymers descended on the Children's Allotment. We were greeted by the lovely Alice and her snazzy new blackboard full of tasks for us to get stuck into. A lot of these tasks built on work that previous goodgym sessions had started.
Splitting into appropriately socially distanced teams we sawed logs, spread woodchip (we are experts), unearthed bramble roots, watered fruit plants, spread and raked top-soil, sowed grass seed and finished the construction of the silver-birch border around some plant beds.
It was such a fantastic way to spend an afternoon. The sun shone, we discussed the zen-like nature of raking, discovered smutty labels on the top soil bags and at the end had a well-earned rest in the allotment hammock. We are already looking forward to out session in May - soon to be listed, keep your eyes peeled.
A huge welcome to Jo joining a group run for the first time - we hope to see you again soon!
Boundary Brook Nature Park was created in 1990 when a group of community wildlife enthusiasts rescued a plot of disused allotments to carve out a wild space in the heart of East Oxford.
Featuring mixed woodland, meadow, a nature pond and butterfly glade, Boundary Brook is home to a rich variety of wildlife from birds and butterflies to frogs and foxes.
Oxford Urban Wildlife Group have asked for our help to with a mixture of tasks as they start reopening the site, including seeding grassland and building paths.
Please bring your own gardening gloves. Tools and litter pickers will be provided. We will divide into work groups of 8 people or less on site to tackle different areas.
The task meeting point is outside the gate to Boundary Brook Nature Park, which is on the cycle way just past Larkrise Primary School at the end of Boundary Brook Road.
Marston Forest Garden is in the Court Farm Allotment area, a short walk from Marston Community Garden and part of the same communal gardening project.
Tasks will be similar to our previous visits - digging, clearing brambles - definitely putting the 'Gym' into GoodGym!
In accordance with the current COVID-19 restrictions we will divide into smaller groups of 8 or less to work.
Please bring your own gardening gloves. It is usually very muddy on site, so wellies are advised, and definitely wear clothes you don't mind getting mucky! Tools will be provided.
Meeting point is at the end of Boults Lane, by the recreation ground. The Forest Garden is in Court Farm Allotments so we will walk from the recreation ground to the plot together.