On a warm morning, we all eventually arrived at the meadow, not easy to find for newcomers (we all got lost the first time).
Alison, Paul and John shovelled a huge pile of woodchip into wheelbarrows, to be dispersed along the length of a long path. Caitlin, on her 15th Good Deed, used a rake to spread the woodchip, while rake-less Mali improvised with a special shoe-shuffle.
Becca and Beth were busy cutting back overhanging foliage; in fact Beth was working so fast she was just a blur (see picture). Sophie and Karen were also busy keeping untidy growth at bay. Steve moved some heavy paving stones, then sawed back some over-long branches.
This time, as well as Friends of CREOS we were joined by friend of everyone, Gus Dog. After we'd finished, the rain started to fall, having kindly held off until we completed our tasks.
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:
Three runners met at the Phoenix Cinema and ran to Coldfall Woods, where we were joined by several others. The task owner, Linda, explained that our job was to dismantle some dens and use the logs and branches from them to restore the edging around the paths. Not only would this stop people from creating new paths through vulnerable bits of woodland that need protecting, it also provides a habitat for insects - which in turn will attract more birds and other wildlife to the wood.
We worked quickly in the fading light and managed several dens.
Huge apologies again to those we didn't manage to find in the woods. I'm sorry for your wasted evening - and also sorry for us that we missed out on your company and help with the task.
Seven GoodGym runners came together to help O.R. Tambo Recreation Ground, (previously known as Albert Road Recreation Ground) three of us had run from Phoenix cinema in East Finchley 1.8 miles away. Others had come from various other locations. welcome to Naomi on her first Goodgym Barnet mission. give her a shout of support. We chatted as a group and met with Robby who gave us the tools to do the job. Jennifer showed us what to do ( previous borderline experience) and we started to widen the paths and expose the brick border. we couldn’t quite finish in our allotted time so will be back for more borderline exposure!
We will look to support The Friends of Albert Recreation Ground (alias FARRG is a voluntary not for profit community group made up of local residents working for the whole community.) The Group was founded in 2001 by a number of local volunteers with a keen interest in delivering improvements and involving the local community in its future. Meeting Emma
We will help widen the paths by clearing the over growing grass. Meet at the cafe inside the park. We can look at coordinating a run from a nearby location. Please make a comment below if interested. (limited numbers for SD) Maybe run from Ally Pally?