We will help this barnet primary school in East Finchley with its forest school.
Forest School is a type of outdoor education in which children visit forests and woodlands to learn personal, social, physical and technical skills. It has been defined as ‘an inspirational process that offers children regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence through hands-on learning in a woodland environment.
We need to move wood chip to help keep the paths free of mud in the woodland area. We will meet the school caretaker Tristan.
We will do a fitness session for those that want to take part.
Half hour on line yoga session at 7am Join at 6.55 This is a simple beginners / intermediate online yoga session designed to both strengthen, stretch and relax the body. It will be an 1/2 hour session using some simple yoga poses both static and dynamic, and the focus will be on mindful breath and movement. Please wear loose clothes, you need a yoga mat (or similar) and may be a thin blanket for relaxation. Please let me know if you have any questions or if its your first time. I will email a link out on the day before or on the Yoga whatsApp group. ( let me know if you what to go on the Whats App group.)
Mr T needed some help with measuring the dimensions of his furniture before his upcoming move. After a nice chat, I measured a table and two cabinets that he is considering to take with him. Mr T will receive the precise dimensions of his new flat very soon and will make a decision then. At the end, Mr T thanked me for my help and we said our goodbyes.
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!
Shelter is a registered charity that campaigns to end homelessness and bad housing in the UK.
During the COVID-19 lockdown, they did a call for donations that can be sent to their charity shops for free. This is something GoodGym Barnet (and beyond) can help with.
Right now, Shelter are especially in need of:
• premium quality branded or designer clothes, shoes, and accessories
• jewellery, either modern or vintage
• ornaments or collectibles, either modern or vintage
Details on how to post your donations can be found on this link: https://england.shelter.org.uk/support_us/shops/donate_to_a_shelter_shop/pack_and_post
You can send your lovely pictures from your good deed to me and I will put everything together into a nice report. You can use the following email address: email@example.com
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. "
Goodgym Barnet are looking to help develop several small protected plantings of trees through Barnet. ( A Micro Forest)
A Micro Forest is a dense and rapidly growing native woodland in a small area. It will provide a protected habitat for wildlife, capture carbon, filter the air of harmful particulates and reduce flooding and soil loss.
Besides these important local effects, it is symbolic of our need to protect our wider environment and it is hoped it will provide an education and emotional engagement of our community. It’s also something that we will have to physically nurture as a group. Its a great fit for Goodgym!
The Council is interested in the project but we need as many people as possible to support the idea. For the moment please register your interest here and we will keep you up-to-date with what is happening as a rolling community mission. If you have ideas about how to promote this to the community please also get in touch. We want schools, community groups, artisans, news media and others to get involved.
Thanks to Daniel Mermelstein for introducing the idea to Goodgym Barnet.
It was lovely seeing Mr M face-to-face again after months and months of telephone conversations. The main reason I visited him was to help him understand the different options he had regarding his potential upcoming move. Mr M was really pleased with the help and shared he is better informed about what is ‘out there’. I wished him best of luck with making his decision and explained GoodGym is there for him if he needed help with packing / moving his belonging.
P.S. Happy Easter everyone! :)) It’s been such a lovely weekend on the move (some pictures in the report).