Organisations Chris Hopkinson has pledged to support
A pick of two halves and a change of plan on areas needing to be cleared.
The team from Cody Dock had checked the local towpaths and due to only a small amount of rubbish they decided our time would be better spent clearing the estates roads and green areas.
Each team of 8 had an area to clear,the estate has large green spaces along the roads which sadly had been used for fly tipping.
Chris joined the pm teams and helped clear the Cody Dock Nature Space,where it seems a balloon party had taken places.
Glad that we have been able to help clear so much rubbish but so sad that so many of these days are needed.
Chris has already done 25 good deeds with GoodGym. Instead of doing anything else, they've used their run to go and help people that need their help; digging, lifting, scraping, clearing, planting and weeding. Stuff that makes this a better place to be.
Cody Dock sent out a last minute call for help and the magnificent 7 heeded the call
Kevin and I came straight from work so arrived a little early which meant a lovely catch up with Basia.
There have been some changes to the dockside since our last visit but more of that next week.
Tonight was all about tree sapling planting.
We split into 3 groups Pot Fillers Sapling planters Stake and guard fixers
Planting had to stop as we had run out of room to place the pots so we ensured the saplings had a good soaking before we left.
We said our goodbyes and headed into the sunset.
As the British Telecoms ads used to say: "it's good to talk" - with the hoarse voice of Bob Hoskins, that ad stuck around. And the reason being is because it's true; felt like a small window into the before times on Saturday, it was indeed - good to talk.
Myself, Paula, Paul and Chris helped out at Kieran's community garden on a usually grey Winter's day. Paula and I washed the polytunnel, allowing more light to penetrate though to the plants inside. We ended up absolutely soaked, myself in particular, a poor grasp of fluid mechanics can be dangerous. Paul and Chris diligently painted the front door, classic black, can't go wrong with that. After that a bit of pot prepping, for the kids at the primary school, they'll then fill them with seeds and pass them back, an efficient system. Finally we prepped a bed made in 1987, sams age as me, with lots of delicious fertiliser bits; first in horse shit and then the fish bone and blood.
Was a proper pleasure to see you lot - we'll be back to big group dynamics soon, just the final push now.
We've partnered up with Get Out, a charity that focuses on youngsters developing a relationship with nature. Plastic free campaigning, surfing experiences and permaculture education. This is a brilliant, worthy cause.
They manage a garden at Malmesbury Primary School in Tower Hamlets. Harvesting, planting, growing, building, weeding...there'll be a range of jobs on offer and perhaps some tips to develop your own cultivation skills.
"The founding goal of GET OUT is to use environmental education to strengthen the connection between Tower Hamlets' young people and the natural world. "
The knowledgeable Kieran will be there to offer instructions and permaculture/gardening tips.
This will be a GG only event, we'll keep a safe covid secure distance outdoors. The task is three hours, as there's a bit to do!
Chris just completed a six month streak of doing missions. That’s so many bags of garden rubbish cleared and jobs done to help someone out and put a smile on their face. Give Chris a cheer to encourage them to keep up the good work.
A Tourist likes nothing better than exploring new areas and meeting new people, and that's what Chris has been doing. Chris has been to three different GoodGym areas now - nice!
What a turnout. What a safe, productive, industrious, dedicated, companionable turnout.
A big sized team headed to the huge warehouse in Poplar today to be allocated many types of stocktacking tasks by project co-ordinator Richard:
“A great crew of people dropping in and out today! Our task was sorting and organising with abandon.
Richard presented us with multiple crates of miscellaneous donations for logging, passing on/reusing… There was sports equipment aplenty (in the morning I think a lot of hard work was undertaken separating basketballs from footballs…), as well as bundles of craft items and lots of stationary.
Crate by crate we unpacked and reassembled in more crates: yep, crates of paints, crates of pencils... You get the picture. And we found all sorts of interesting goodies - a spikey pink ball and the coup de grace: an elf on the shelf.”
“Yep, another fun filled, busy day down at the warehouse where Richard had us stocktaking a wide array of donations (yoga mats, balls – lots, in all sizes - books by the hundreds; wool, embroidery items and knitting needles; games and jigsaws…), caging items up and, where necessary, wrapping in industrial cling film to prevent them escaping.
Provided you came wearing sufficient layers, to take account of the somewhat chilly conditions inside the warehouse today, it was another enjoyable (and, we hope, productive) day in deepest Poplar.”
What a team. A big, big thank you to everyone who took part in this fabulous Community Mission, and especially to Becky and Nick for writing the report and taking pics, and to Charlotte and Jacqui for their pics too.