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We'll be putting new raspberry posts in to the maze to make it look all a-maze-ing and help with general jobs to keep the area looking spick and span.
Bring your own gardening gloves if you have them
We were greeted with glorious sunshine for our task (part 1) at the allotments of Urban Escape, I nearly regretted not wearing sunscreen! Despite blazing sunshine, the ground was still frosty and slippery making our task of maneuvering bucket loads of compost from the entrance of the allotments down a path (half concrete/ half wood ship) quite a tricky one. With many keen hands to help but strict social distancing measures in mind, we organised ourselves (well Lisa from Urban Escape organised us I should say) in a perfect COVID-safe one-way compost conveyor belt. A couple of runners shoveled the compost pile into buckets making sure the portion size was light and liftable. The load was then transported via wheelbarrows (powered by strong runner legs) to their destination at the other end of the path. There, the buckets were lifted up onto the roof of a hut (built by one of the roofers overseeing our work) years ago. The roof needed some urgent fixing as wind and weather had blown most of the soil of the green canopy away. Also quite blown away were the two roofers having to unload the buckets on the roof at the speedy pace the GoodGymers delivered the bucket loads of compost. Small stops in the supply chain were a welcomed opportunity to catch up on some sun (right, Russ?) or catch up with other GoodGymers (appearently Dave and Paul had a lot of catching up to do!). Moving most of the compost pile on to the roof in record time, we were sad to stop the fun but we had to leave some for the next group...
New GoodGym recruit Till did phenomanally well in picking the hardest task on his first GoodGym mission with lifting up the buckets to the roof.
Meanwhile, Laura was breaking ground on her own mission and started digging up the somewhat frozen ground around the poly tunnel, a task to be continued...
Amazing job everyone!
FareShare South West is running an emergency Foodstock campaign to help meet the unfortunate demand for food assistance this winter. We’ll be helping them pack food parcels at their warehouse (next door to the Wickes).
IMPORTANT POINTS If you're feeling unwell or have any possible covid symptoms please don't come and put anyone at risk, also if you're asked to isolate or have any other reason you can't make your shift please let us know as soon as possible so we can find a replacement.
Please put your mask on before entering the warehouse and keep it on at all times. FareShare can provide masks, high vis, steel toe cap overshoes and protective gloves but if you have your own you're welcome to bring them.
Please practise social distancing 2m as much as possible in the warehouse (although there may be times when this isn't always possible).
Please bring plenty of warm clothes (it will get cold in the warehouse), a water bottle, a mug if you have one and your own snacks or food if you would like it (tea and coffee will be provided).
Some manual handling and lifting will be required.
Before the task, you will be asked to provide some basic info to FareShare for track and trace. Your email and telephone number will be stored in Fareshare records to log who is in the warehouse for track and trace if need be, there will also be an NHS Track & Trace QR code at the entrance which you are welcome to scan.
There is access to toilet and handwashing facilities in the building and sanitising stations around the building – please use them regularly.
Additional info will be emailed before the task.