Emma

Oxford

6Good deeds

6runs

42cheers

Emma signed up to a training session
Training session
Oxford

Group Walk - Hurst Hill

Sun 30 Jan 10:45 am
The White House by Tap Social, 38 Abingdon Road, Oxford, OX1 4PD
Sunday leg stretch

Starting at the White House Tap Social pub we will take a loop up through North Hinksey, head to the top of Hurst Hill and then wander back down through the Hinksey Heights Nature Trail to end up back at the pub for a pint or a squash!

The route is around 12.5k and will take about 3-3.5 hours including a break for lunch.

It will be muddy!

Please meet at 10:45 at the front of the pub. We will be setting off at 11:00.

There is cycle parking at the pub.

View the route: https://onthegomap.com/s/udm1d455

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Emma went on a community mission
Community mission
Oxford

Making light work of heavy lifting

Sat 22 Jan
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

The return of the Lazy Dogs!

Yesterday afternoon we descended on Boundary Brook Nature Park for a bramble up-rooting session. Boundary Brook is a gorgeous hidden corner of Oxford between the Iffley and Cowley Roads. We've helped out there pretty regularly over the last year or so, laying the gravel path, clearing bramble roots in other areas of the nature reserve, and reprofiling the pond. On Saturday afternoon our task was to prepare the ground for the next project; to build a temporary bird hide from green wood taken from around the nature reserve (a hidden spot for humans to observe birds from, not somewhere for birds to hide out). The hide will go up in the spring, but first the area needed to be de-brambled. The bird hide will be tucked on the edge of a copse with a grassland butterfly meadow in front. The brambles had been chopped down, but as regular GoodGymers will know, the roots can be extensive, and brambles are tenacious and will keep returning unless the roots are dug out.

The tool of choice for bramble roots is the Lazy Dog; expertly modelled in the photos by GoodGym Hero Rachael. 2 lazy dogs between 15 doesn't go far, so spades and forks were also added to the mix and we got to work digging out the knarly roots from all over the meadow, frog spotting as we went.
Team 2 took on the heavy lifting task of moving the green wood from around other parts of the Nature Reserve to the spot where the Bird Hide will be built. 2 or 3 GoodGymers to a log we meandered to and fro along 'our' gravel path getting a surprisingly good weight lifting work out. Anyone else got slightly sore shoulders this morning?!

Swipe through the pictures to see the Bird Hide design. It will be a self-supporting structure made from mostly Ash wood from the Nature Park, with a turf roof and viewing windows at different levels so that everyone from toddlers to the tallest adults can use it to observe the birds.

You can join Oxford Urban Wildlife Group for £5 per year and have unlimited access to Boundary Brook Nature Park. All the details are here.

As discussed while carrying logs: follow @OxThamesSewage on Twitter for alerts when sewage is being released into the Thames.

Welcome Andreea and Alex - lovely to meet you both.

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Emma signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Oxford

Boundary Brook Nature Park work party

Sat 12 Feb 14:00 pm
Boundary Brook Nature Park, Boundary Brook Road, Oxford, OX4 4AN
February follow up session

Boundary Brook Nature Park was created in 1990 when a group of community wildlife enthusiasts rescued a plot of disused allotments to carve out a wild space in the heart of East Oxford.

Featuring mixed woodland, meadow, a nature pond and butterfly glade, Boundary Brook is home to a rich variety of wildlife from birds and butterflies to frogs and foxes.

Oxford Urban Wildlife Group have asked for our help to dig out bramble roots so they can’t take hold again in the spring.

Please bring your own gardening gloves. All other tools will be provided.

The task meeting point is outside the gate to Boundary Brook Nature Park, which is on the cycle way just past Larkrise Primary School at the end of Boundary Brook Road.

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Emma signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Oxford

Boundary Brook Nature Park work party

Sat 22 Jan 14:00 pm
Boundary Brook Nature Park, Boundary Brook Road, Oxford, OX4 4AN
Help restore and maintain this unique wild area

Boundary Brook Nature Park was created in 1990 when a group of community wildlife enthusiasts rescued a plot of disused allotments to carve out a wild space in the heart of East Oxford.

Featuring mixed woodland, meadow, a nature pond and butterfly glade, Boundary Brook is home to a rich variety of wildlife from birds and butterflies to frogs and foxes.

Oxford Urban Wildlife Group have asked for our help to dig out bramble roots so they can’t take hold again in the spring.

Please bring your own gardening gloves. All other tools will be provided.

The task meeting point is outside the gate to Boundary Brook Nature Park, which is on the cycle way just past Larkrise Primary School at the end of Boundary Brook Road.

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Emma has completed 5 good deeds with GoodGym. Wed 22 Dec 2021

Emma is a now a pretty committed GoodGym runner. They've just run to do good for the fifth time

Emma went on a group run
Group run
Oxford

‘Twas the Last Task Before Christmas

Wed 22 Dec
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

'Twas the last task before Christmas, and all through the night,
No creature was stirring due to coronavirus fright;
Pickers were brought to the Churchill with care;
With the plan for the GoodGym crew soon to be there;
The patients were nestled all snug in their beds;
While visions in hi-vis cleaned litter and mess;
With Mark in his short-shorts and Trev in red hat,
We set off to sort out the masks, cans and crap;
When out in the car park there arose such a clatter;
No accident, but simply a santa-in-a-van matter;
All round the hospital we flew like a flash;
As wind blew and rain fell we started to dash;
Head torches lighting up newly dropped masks;
This was one of our colder GoodGym tasks;
When what to our wondering eyes should appear;
But a bench dedicated to a father so dear;
With the GoodGymers all so lively and quick;
We cleaned up that hospital all span and spick;
Then we sprang to our bicycles and got ready to run;
You wouldn't think it but pre-Christmas plogging is fun;
And we heard them all call as they whizzed out of sight -
Merry Christmas to All and to All a Good Night!

Welcome to GoodGym Azul!

Well done on your 10th Good Deed Shati!

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