8 GG Yorkies met in the park to commence part 2 of the great digventure.
Before we got to work, we welcomed Liz to her first task - give her a big cheer! 📣 The task itself was to continue digging roots out from a previously nettled verge of the picnic area to prepare it for some pollinating wild flowers.
There was some initial reluctance to use any of the many mattocks we'd been provided with and most opted for spades and forks. However, those brave enough to give them a try were soon mattock converts.
Where the previous group had opted for quantity over quality, this time we were encouraged to dig deeper to get as many of the roots (and butter knives) out of the ground as we could.
In the space of an hour, we made great progress and were ready to hand the land over to another group of GG Yorkies who are booked to finish the task later in the week.
New Earswick Primary School have asked for assistance in clearing a mock war trench and making good the boarding
There'll be some pallet wood available some presumably an opportunity to play with hammers and other tools!
Meet at the front of New Earswick Primary School
Kristina asked us to come back and continue digging up the weeds and grass clumps around the picnic area to make space for wildflower seeds.
You may see a glimpse of red through the trees, as two other GG teams will be working in the park around that time.
Kristina will meet us by the tools shed at the James Backhouse Place gate.
Don’t forget your gardening gloves.
Please stay only with your group while at the task.
Eight Goodgymmers. Two tasks.
Team A (Babs, Katie and Cara) were tasked with removing the dog grille and filling up the hole it left behind with hardcore. Amongst their tools were some javelin sized crow bars for levering up the grille, tampers, shovels, a wheelbarrow and some brooms to sweep the basket ball courts if there was time.
Meanwhile, Team B ( Paul Kelly, Laura, Tom, Leanne, and Kieran - when he eventually found the way to the park) set to work on digging up roots around the picnic area to make a bed for pollinator seeds to be planted at a later date.
Are we going for quality or quantity? (Laura)
As a seasoned Goodgymmer, she should have known better - it's always quantity over quality!!
The Grillsters were quick to finish their work and took it upon themselves to edge the basketball court, as well as sweep it. They still had time to play on the confusing outdoor gym equipment, perhaps thanks to some of the Weedsters setting down their spades and forks to help move the heavy dog grille out of the way. Even so, the Weedsters certainly met their 'quantity' goal and filled up four one tonne sacks with roots and dragged them over to the compost heap on their way back to the tool shed.
With a job well done we set off into the sunset on our respective journey's home.
Well tonight we hit rock bottom- literally. After collecting fence posts and postcrete we set about digging the holes, last weeks goodgymers started, a bit deeper. Armed with special tool leanne enjoyed her very large screw, Katie thought she might have reached Australia and Cara was determined to dig deep. We also helped to set in the first five posts under Gary's close supervision!
After an hour good progress was made but another session will be needed...