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Group Fitness Activities
A warm but not yet scorcio Saturday saw 5 Goodgymers bramble on over to Global Gardens for a bit of clearing up. We pulled and cut back brambles which were encroaching on the fire pit area. We weeded under and around the canopy. We also cut the brambles back behind the canopy to reveal 2 (of the 3?) fruit trees we helped to plant last autumn - a Gala apple tree and a plum tree. Hoorah!
It was hot, it was sticky, it was prickly - but it was good to see the results after a solid 2 hours worth of work. Now everyone can enjoy sitting around the fire, or hanging out under the canopy (in the hammock!), without getting scratched by those pesky brambles.
This was the first of 2 tasks on the day, so read on ...
A nice 13 of the goodgym crew turned up tonight, and the heat was not going to stop us.
It was just under 5km for total travel to the task and back, our mission to survive the heat and get the outside area for Cwtch together safe for the children to use again. The dreaded 'Stingies' had taken hold, so it was time to remove these problem plants for a while.
The wonderful Sarah, our task organiser, met us and showed us what needed to be completed. Ant 'stingies' that were around the area were to be removed as much as possible, the grass cut with the hover mower, edged, plus weeding the pathway and a final brush down of it all to clean away the cut mess.
We found a lot of wonderful features around as we made our way through the magical land of flora and fauna, including the great soil burrowing bee, some fantastic spiders and of course the sticky willy.
Thanks go to Su for introducing us to this pesky plant. You may also know it as cleavers, or as a weed - not a term that we like here. Weeds are nothing if not misunderstood plants, out of their correct surroundings, in fact, Cleavers can be a good addition to a wildlife garden, as it provides food for the caterpillars of many butterfly and moth species, including the impressive hummingbird hawk moth.
Our time exploring went by quickly, and it was soon time to head back to camp for a social and a proper catch up.
But before we go one last time for a quick photo as we......
The children are loving their time down cwtch but as spring has come so quickly we have the dreaded garden area to sort out and make safe for the children to play without stingy nettles and spiky weeds
So, come one and all goodgymers for some weeding, general gardening cutting grass etc.
- 18:15 - 18:30 Meet up and chat
- 18:30 - 19:00 Active travel to task (Walk, Run, Cycle)
- 19:00 - 19:30 Volunteer Task funtimes
19:30 - 20:00 Active travel back (Walk, Run, Cycle)
20:00 - Optional Social
If you want to meet at the task please leave a note on the sign up page below, just so that I know and we aren't waiting for you at the start. All that we ask is that you don't drive!
The next time you see Flo, they might be wearing black instead of red. They've completed 50 good deeds with GoodGym and have earnt their black t-shirt. Give them a nod when you next see them.
A small group today, but we made our way out on to the streets anyway. Three goodgymers in the heat of Summer made their short way to the Samye Foundation to help.
Our task, reduced for the smaller group - to start painting the new trellis in the back community space. After a catch up with our task organiser Lorraine, and a look around the new areas that had been made. The lovely new seating area on decking, surrounded by greenery and known as the tropical seating. The new group seating made from scaffolding boards, and the lush planting that had seemingly exploded since our last run to Samye.
Now to get to work, lets volunteer - HARD
30 minutes went by quickly as we could hear music from the neighbours out in their gardens waiting for the football to start, we pushed on through the heat to get as much done as possible.
I see a repeat visit coming.......
Brushes down, and time for a quick snack and chat with Lorraine. We didn't mind taking our time tonight, it's important not to push yourself in this kind of heat!