Duncan has just logged their first 5k with GoodGym. Duncan has joined the ranks of Athletes like Tirunesh Dibaba - running gracefully over 5000 metres. Show Duncan some love.
Five GoodGymers converged on People’s Park on a warm Saturday morning to take on the monthly organised litter pick. With consistent warm weather in recent weeks there was a significant amount of rubbish to shift, but the team wasted no time, along with other volunteers clearing the vast majority in only one hour!
We also had some special volunteers in attendance this weekend. The Pokharel family, whom were crowned Luton’s Climate Change Champions earlier in July! A big well done to everyone that attended (I believe it was one of the highest turn outs) for grafting in the warm August sun.
Sign o' the Town
A Goodgym signwhiting team of 7 mustered to begin the evening with a run from town up the kilometre Climb of Joy to Stockwood Park. We made our way to the nearby gateway Welcome to Luton sign, to deal with a fresh crop of thistles growing well in the summer sunshine and about to go to seed. The invaders were hand (in glove) weeded and the sharpness of the signage restored. With evening rays to spare, our cleanup crew continued with a little light litter picking along the park perimeter and a gentle jog back down a gentler hill to town.
On a blistering (!!) evening 3 GoodGymers made their way to Stockingstone Meadow to continue the rooting out of the goldenrod (Solidago) plant.
Really good headway was made and the golden sea has been hugely reduced.
A bit more still to do for a future mission.
After a bit of a stretch - thank you for the workout Ruth - we made our way home to cheer on the Lionesses!!
The invasive goldenrod plant has become entrenched at this spot by the river. Pulling it up to remove it roots-and-all will keep it in check and allow our native wildflower species to take over again.
This a big patch and many hands will indeed make light work!
Clearing this area will be a milestone in the bigger plan to eradicate problematic species from our nature reserves.