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Ceiling, Ivy and Heather met the Victoria Park rangers on this bright but chilly evening for week two of distributing several tonnes of sand around the children’s play area. Luckily, the pile of sand had been moved closer to the play area earlier in the day, so the trips with the barrows weren’t so lengthy this week. Ceiling demonstrated good form so as not to tired our arms and backs when shovelling the sand, which had been weighed down a little by the previous day’s rain. We topped up the areas most in need of fresh sand, around the wooden house and the edges of the playground.
Four goodGym members and a dog went on a bear hunt! We gathered at Stephens house and gardens in very light drizzle. After a brief introduction we started out on our 13 km walk into the greenbelt. Our first stop was the oldest building in Finchley St Mary‘s Church dating back to the 12th century. It also has the grave of John Cartwright the father of the Parliamentary reform and Champion of universal suffrage. We then stopped again at Finchley way a green space being developed by the local community with occasional assistance from GoodGym. We hit the footpaths and bridleways across Dollis Brook and through Finchley golf club to Mill Hill. At one point the path was blocked by a fallen tree possibly push down by a bear. At this point Ciara burst into song!
We’re goin’ on a bear hunt, We’re going to catch a big one, I’m not scared What a beautiful day! Oh look! It’s a fallen tree. Can’t go over it, Can’t go under it, Can’t go around it, Got to go through it!
We then had an opportunity for a coffee stop at Finchley nurseries before setting off again and at this point we finally caught our bear, Well done John and Gus! See photo. The rain had stopped and we entered the Darlands nature reserve following a bubbling stream until we reached a lake full of ducks and ducklings. We then headed back to Stephen‘s house and gardens via Dollis Brook. Thanks to Ivy for coming all the way from Tower Hamlets.
Thanks for coming hope you enjoyed the nature, exercise and the bear hunt!
19.5 tonnes of sand has been delivered to Victoria Park, which needs shovelling into barrows, wheeling to the playground, and raking across the playground, to keep this surface safe for the children.
What you need to know
You will meet Task Owner Joelle and other Park Staff outside The Hub at 7pm. Please arrive punctually, as you will be given instructions at this time.
You will be divided into teams to shovel, wheel and rake. You may also have some other clearing, spreading and raking tasks in the vicinity.
Activity will then be overseen by the Duty Ranger.
Please allow 90 minutes for this task.
If you fancy writing a run report, you can pop your pics, pun and activity details online after the task!
What a great day! We were quite lucky, as we just finished in between rain showers.
Last week we went to Ackroyd Drive for the first time to help clear the first Meadow patch and this Saturday we were back for another. There was a lot to do and the group did a fantastic job in getting it done in no time. Cow parsley, brambles and some other weeds were cleared to avoid them taking over the full meadow. But also to make the murals more visible for when they will be painted in July.
And we welcomed first time runner Vian! Thank you for joining us all.
We'll be joining Trapped in Zone One (TiZO) and The Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetary Park (FoTHCP) for their big new summer project.
What's the story?
In July, a new mural has been commissioned for the arches along Ackroyd Drive, to be accompanied by guided walks from FoTHCP, but this beautiful area needs clearing!.
What you will be doing.
We will meet Bablu from Trapped in Zone One, and our Task Force member Lieke, on Ackroyd Drive Green Link where Burdett Road meets Ackroyd Drive (just opposite Revolution Karting), at 1pm. PLEASE USE THIS LOCATION FOR ADDRESS.
We will wander down to towards the arches, digging up Cow Parsley from the wild meadow area, and tackling other pesky, damaging weeds.