enthusiastic about getting GoodGym to more people
This mission will involve weeding, litter picking and trimming of shrubs. Please bring your own gloves and snacks. All other equipment will be provided.
The Cricklewood Millenium Green is a small green space built on what used to be railway land and air raid shelters. It boasts a number of railway-related sculptures made especially for the Green by a local artist, as well as marked nature trail.
The Green is in need of love, as some of the flower beds are overgrown and the foliage around the nature trail needs trimming back.
So come and help the Green's trustees and volunteers spruce it up as we come out of lockdown!
Goodgym Islington members met up at the Highbury Quadrant greening project for our first gardening related group community task of 2021! Fantastic to see plenty of familiar faces and to welcome first timer Louisa.
Frannie, the green fingered powerhouse in charge of the Octopus Community Network was surprised to find a large delivery of building aggregate, bags of compost and loose pebbles had been dropped off on the street immediately in front of the Highbury Quadrant housing estate. This was not expected, and not convenient!
Luckily, we had a solid team of Goodgym runners arriving to help out on Thursday evening, and we got right to work with moving these heavy items off the neighbourhood parking bays, and over to the Highbury Quadrant meadows. We shared roles between us, switching from shoveling rocks and gravel, and then wheelbarrowing and carrying buckets and bags between the street and the gardens. We threw a slight spanner in the works when we attempted to drag the first bag full of building material in one go, and split the bottom of the sack just as we approached the gardens, but John and Ernestas quickly scooped up and swept the spilled rocks and gravel in no time.
After just over an hour of hard graft, we successfully deposited all of the rocks, gravel and compost into the garden play area, ready for local school groups to visit soon. The plan was to make all of the paths safe to run around on, even when wet and muddy. The space looks really lovely (an amazing renovation since when we first started helping here in late 2019), but certainly needs for Goodgym assistance over the coming months- we will be back soon!
More Octopus Community projects can be signed up to here:
This is a task to measure water quality in your area in local parks, rivers, waterways. You will need to register to receive testing kit and details how to do the testing here: https://earthwatch.org.uk/waterblitz
Description: "In urban areas around the world, our natural water is suffering from pollution and other human impacts. You can help us protect our water by providing vital information on water quality, local land use, and nearby environment. We could never collect this much information ourselves, so we are asking you to help us.
This spring we're bringing the WaterBlitz to the Thames Valley for an eleventh time and to Dublin, Paris and Luxembourg for a second time. Having repeated measurements is vital to provide robust, scientific evidence, which can be used to make real changes. "
Three goodGym members met at Stephens house and gardens for a gentle 2km run. It was a beautiful day as we ran through the local park and down some back alleys to get to Gleblands where we meet with Kat ready and waiting with her litter picker. We got to work and within an hour we had four bags of rubbish. Job done we headed home.
We met outside Mencap on a sunny Spring evening. Ian explained how the charity had been given some money by the council to improve the garden.
Continuing the task started in December, we cleared branches and leaves into the bin. We cleared the area quickly and then moved the garden furniture back into position.
A quick sit down to enjoy a chocolate brownie - thank you Emily, before heading home.
Lovely to see you in person!
The Get Rid of and Donate is a phenomenal organisation which redistributes items to those in need, so we were really happy to be able to help them hand out much needed clothes, bedding and shoes to homeless people on the Strand. We arrived by foot and bike ready to meet Andrea with the van and it was immediately all systems go. While the sleeping bags and blankets went quick, we fashioned a rather pleasing makeshift shop floor using the railings outside the police station as helpful mannekins to model our jackets and coats. It worked a treat with people able to browse for the right one for them and had a little fashion show going on for the people walking down the Strand. An hour later we were packed up and ready to go as the fabulous SWAT team (Sikh Welfare and Awareness) arrived with the food.