Our lovely friends at Herbert Thompson have asked if the GoodGym Elves can come back again this year and help them to get the school ready for the festive season!
We will put putting up the Christmas tree and other decorations around the school and having a spruce up of the playground too if there is time with some litter picking.
The school gets locked up at 6.00pm hence the early start time but if you can make it by 5.00pm it will still be worth going along to help.
GoodGym Cardiff's very own Miss Guy (a teacher at HTPS) has promised us Christmas tunes and maybe even some flapjack as a reward for our efforts !
HO, HO, HO!
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A great chance for a long run or cycle today as we made our way to Penarth. 5 goodgymers arrived (at different times) to help out the friends of Victoria Square, the task to plant around 1500 bulbs ready for next Spring. The turf had already been removed (but not labelled - which we will get too), and sadly stacked on top of itself so it was becoming a mound (ooh satisfying word to say).
The listing was between 10:00 and 12:00 with people okay to arrive whenever they could and for however long they could, but everyone had arrive by 10:30. We stayed on right up to 13:00 as we were not going to be defeated, and managed to do two days’ work in one go!
Go TEAM GOODGYM
The ground had been marked into areas so that the correct number of bluebells were planted, each team concentrating on their area first. We had drills with auger bits attached for cultivating the soil, then dibbers for making the holes a bit more solid, bulbs were bagged and ready to go with buckets of sand for adding to the ground before planting the bulbs.
The volunteers from the friends of Victoria square were asking lots of questions about goodgym, something that we are more than happy to talk about. We had the welcome additions of dogs throughout the day from the odd dog walker (not an odd dog walker). There were plenty of other conversations, including the sound that a trifle makes, bluebells (obviously) and squirrels.
Squirrels, apparently, do NOT like bluebells so will not be stealing them. No-one could answer if that was red, grey or both.
The grey was an import from North America and have had a disastrous impact on the native red squirrel.
Bluebells, if you plant them should be the traditional English and not the Spanish version. Also, almost half the world's bluebells are found in the UK.
Love a task that teaches
As each area was completed the turf warriors got to work, trying to rebuild the original land. This was not an easy task, firstly as the turf was not rolled and just all over itself, and secondly, because the pieces were in no particular order. Think a jigsaw without a picture to check, and with the pieces cut up!
11:15 was the favourite time as the resident coffee cyclist arrived - Stol Coffee, with coffee, oat milk and great vegan cookies. One of the volunteers had also arrived with pumpkin pie, so a well-deserved break was had by all.
We did get there eventually, and much quicker than the volunteers thought we would. In fact, we may not need to go there over the next four Saturdays now, possibly just the two. After two and a half hours it was time to get the mud off our shoes and head to the town for a hard-earned lunch and catch up, we had certainly worked up an appetite.
Final count of bulbs planted... 4500..
This is a big task, for every Saturday in November there will be a community mission 10:00 - 12:00. If you cannot make the full two hours just let us know when you will be there.
The task is to plant between 1200 & 1500 each Saturday until a total of 6000 bulbs have been planted.
The top layer of turf will be removed by a contractor on the four Fridays before, in readiness for the bulbs to be planted in four or five Saturday sessions. We will be using a mixture of cordless drill augers and hand tools to create the holes.
Bring some wet weather gear if it looks like rain as this will not be stopping us for these tasks!