Emma

York

22Good deeds

22runs

95cheers

Emma went on a community mission
Community mission
York

Scythe spirit

Tue 9 Aug
Report written by Dom Tooze
he/him

This evening, a group of intrepid GoodGymmers gathered at Millenium Fields in York to help their team get the grass under control, helping create space for a wider variety of flora and fauna.

Scything grass is more wildflower friendly than many other means of cutting it, and it's jolly good fun. This article from St Nicks tells more about the value of scything.

The group put in a fantastic hour of scything, taking turns between scything, raking, and dragging the cuttings to be composted. In that time, we made quite the impact on the field - though there's plenty left to be done next week

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Emma went on a community mission
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York

🎵I am a scyther, I'm not gon' give up 🎵

Wed 3 Aug
Report written by Mitchell Scott

9 GoodGymers (including new starter Hanna!) arrived at Millenium Fields to help St Nicks. Over the next few weeks we will be scything all the long grass from Millenium Fields to help wildflower growth.

It's the old classic GG scything mission so we got stuck in. After an hour of scything, sharpening, dragging, raking, stabbing (mainly Emma) and getting bitten by bugs (mainly me), we cleared a large area. It's a good start, but we need to keep the momentum up over the next few weeks!

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Emma signed up to a community mission
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Scything with St Nicks at Millennium Fields

Wed 3 Aug 18:45 pm
Millenium Bridge, York, YO23 1LR
Help habitat experts tame the grass in this popular spot

GoodGym have been asked if some of us can go along to the fields by Millenium Bridge to help scythe down some of the grass to help keep it manageable.

Scything grass is more wildflower friendly than many other means of cutting it, and it's jolly good fun.

We'll meet at the top of Millenium Bridge (or under a tree visible from there in the event of challenging weather), then head to meet Nicola from St Nicks.

It's a popular task, and will be happening several times throughout August, so if this listing is full there may be another with space.

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Emma signed up to a community mission
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Scything near Millenium Bridge with St Nicks

Tue 9 Aug 18:45 pm
Millenium Bridge, York, YO23 1LR
Help habitat experts tame the grass in this popular spot

GoodGym have been asked if some of us can go along to the fields by Millenium Bridge to help scythe down some of the grass to help keep it manageable.

Scything grass is more wildflower friendly than many other means of cutting it, and it's jolly good fun. This article from St Nicks tells more about the value of scything.

We'll meet at the top of Millenium Bridge (or under a tree visible from there in the event of challenging weather), then head to meet Nicola from St Nicks.

It's a popular task, and will be happening several times throughout August, so if this listing is full there may be another with space.

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Emma went on a community mission
Community mission
York

Good Time Team

Wed 22 Jun
Report written by Laura Barrett

We helped York Archaeological trust tidy up an area around their new training trench and the front of their site. We started by helping sweep up some pine needles and cones and then moved onto trimming back the bushes and brambles at the front of the building. James and Debs tried to problem solve how to trim the top of a really tall shrub. Debs reassured James as he was reaching with a long pair of clippers by saying: "At least it it's 6 feet on the air you can't chop your fingers off." After we finished we got to see the small area they had started to excavate on their new training trench. She said they had found evidence of Victorian and medieval so far. They had begun to excavate a clay lined pit. Abi asked an obscure question about dog types which surprisingly got a detailed and knowledgeable response. Apparently Georgian dogs had the same range of sizes as dogs today. They used to have special short legged dogs that could run under the spit.

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York

♫ I've been wade-ing for this moment, all my life ♫

Wed 15 Jun
Report written by Mitchell Scott

Louise, Emma and I arrived at Hull Road park on a glorious afternoon to help St Nicks continue their beck maintenance. This time we weren't digging any piles. No-no. We were in the waders and straight in the beck. St Nicks needed help clearing some overgrown weeds to allow more diverse vegetation to thrive.

Me and Emma got kitted up in waders and got stuck in. Louise and Sarah didn't, but still valiantly "braved" the nettles on the bank side. We made great progress in removing the weeds on one side of the channel and even received some compliments from people.

After 45 minutes, me and Emma decided to wade to the other side of the beck. The results were mixed. Emma got over in good form, but as you can see from the pictures, I may have got stuck.

Regardless we managed to clear a large area of weeds, and have a blast while doing it!

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Emma signed up to a community mission
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York

Wellbeing Garden Clear-up

Wed 22 Jun 18:30 pm
Willow House , 34 Long Close Lane, York, YO10 4UP
Assistance will be a great help in improving the space, making it visually appealing for visitors and residents.

We are looking to clear an area close to the area where our next trench will go in to remove the numerous pine cones and needles so the area looks appealing for participants and visitors and is easier to access. We ate meeting the task owner at 6.30 at Walmgate Bar. Please bring gloves.

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"Flat" mates

Thu 9 Jun
Report written by Leanne Allsopp
she/her

4 GG Yorkies met up for the third bash at flattening a pile of earth to make a wildflower patch.

Thanks to two previous missions, the former mud mountain was now more of a slope.

Without a wheelbarrow to transport the mud from the high end to the flat end of the slope, we settled for slinging lumps of clay off the ends of our spades and hoping for the best. Emma bravely picked up a rake to tidy up at the flat end (towards which the rest of us were flinging mud) and repeatedly reassured us that:

It's looking better

Half way through, we were joined by Rudy. He had unsuspectingly come to visit Louise. We didn't quite manage to convince him to join Goodgym, but he did pick up a spade and prove to be a worthy opponent to the mud slope. An hour later, we couldn't say that the slope was flat, but Emma had convinced us all that it did indeed "look better".

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Emma signed up to a community mission
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Wading (and other tasks) with St Nicks

Wed 15 Jun 18:30 pm
Hull Road Park, 17 Millfield Ave, York , YO10 3AA
Help St Nicks maintain Osbaldwick Beck and Hull Road Park

As a reward for (hopefully!) removing the large soil piles, we have been asked to help St Nicks help with their beck maintenance at Hull Road Park. This will require the use of waders (yay!) but there will also be other tasks if you want to stay dry.

If you sign up, could you leave a comment saying: 1) If you are happy to wade 2) What your shoe size is

Meet at Hull Road park at the W3W: ///placed.feel.blast (the West side by the Flaxman Road entrance nearest Tang Hall Lane).

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Digging at Hull Road Park

Thu 9 Jun 18:30 pm
Hull Road Park, 17 Millfield Ave, York , YO10 3AA
Help St Nicks with their beck improvement project

We were able to flatten a pile of soil last week which is now being turned into a beautiful wildflower bed. However GoodGym are required to sort out the other pile. Bring your gloves and get digging!

Meet by the river near the eastern most entrance from Flaxman Avenue (W3W ///placed.feel.blast)

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