Why are we heading to this Community Mission at this time?
Our Area Activator Laura and Parkview task owner Catherine consulted long and hard before bringing you back here.
There is a small amount of time-sensitive gardening to be completed, that is not do-able for this large estate's small Resident's Association at the moment.
Your work will mean vital last minute plans can be completed, bringing life and greenery to this large estate, which houses many elderly, isolated residents who have no outdoor space of their own.
What you will be doing
You will be heading in groups of 1-2 to large, spacious, outdoor areas to plant bulbs and clear pathways.
SAFETY: PLEASE READ
You need to bring a face covering, for the briefing at the start of the Community Mission even though this is an outdoor task.
We ask that you please avoid arriving and congregating early. Meet in the designated area at 2pm only.
Please disperse promptly after the Community Mission has finished.
Please bring your own gloves.
If you have any queries or concerns about this Community Mission, please contact our Area Activator Laura, at email@example.com
Jacqueline loves it! They've pretty much cheered the whole of GoodGym today. They get the badger badge for expert badgering.
Jacqueline is one of the people that keep the GoodGym community alive and well. By cheering 250 times they've shown they're committed to supporting other runners. They are definitely a fan of what GoodGym is all about.
10 Goodgym folks switched on their headtorches, and made their way to Thornhill Square Gardens tonight. Trainer Simon lead a social run to the park with Jackie and John Shirley, covering just over a mile across Islington. We were also joined by Anne, who had briefly returned to London from Scotland, and completed her 150th good deed this evening!
We were greeted by Anna, the resident gardening volunteer, who put us straight to work. Our main objective was to fill most of the flower beds with mulch and compost- doing the heavy lifting for the local gardening group to complete at a later date! We had two pairs of runners loading up wheelbarrows full of bark and mud, and tipping the contents across the beds.
A small team of Goodgymmers were tasked with raking and collecting up all of the fallen leaves from the access paths and from the beds themselves. Two huge skip bags were required to hold all of the green waste collected! Elsewhere, we positioned our portable spotlights in place to allow people to do some weeding by torch light, picking out some stubborn intruders from the rose beds.
We did a smashing job over the course of an hour, and Anna has invited us back as soon as we safely can. Hopefully this will be sooner rather than later!
Please note that this community mission has been cancelled.
A great way to finish your week and unplug.
The Greenhouse Project is a new project for us and we're happy to begin a collaboration!
Tasks will be clearing brambles (bring your own gloves!), chopping and weeding so isolated people can use the site next spring.
Higher registration limit given how spread out you'll be outdoors.
First Goodgym task since the clocks last weekend- certainly headtorch season now! 8 Goodgymmers (including first timer Katie- welcome!) gathered outside Lizzie's Cafe on Newington Green (closed at this hour, sadly) to meet Trainer Simon for a flyering task.
We are helping to publicise the Newington Green Alliance, a collaborative between 16 different groups around the areas of Dalston, Islington, Clissold Park and Green Lanes, housed in a secular church opposite the green. They are currently operating a food bank, a citizens advice service and loads of community activities from this location.
We separated into groups to tackle as many streets as possible. Jackie and John headed towards Green Lanes. Ellie, Katie and Vicki made their way to Petherton Road, and Steve and Kike took on Balls Pond Road and beyond. A large stack of flyers were given out to our teams, and only a small handful came back. Excellent work every one!
Thornhill Square Gardens
We will meet Anna, one of the Friends of Thornhill Square Gardens at the site, who will have an array of gardening tasks for us!
Definitely going to be moving some newly delivered mulch and bark for the rose beds. And likely to be watering plants, trimming bushes and litter picking too.
Social Run with Trainer Simon*
Trainer Simon will be running to the task from the Packington Gallery on Prebend Street. You can leave bags here if you like. Sign up here:
Newington Green Alliance is an independent organisation who works to build community through projects and events that build connections across the differences that can otherwise keep us apart; to help to help each other…and to help themselves.
NGA was founded by 14 local organisations working to help people and make a better world.
Goodgym have been asked if we can help with a few evenings of flyering around the area surrounding Newington Green.
Please bring gloves and face coverings for this task! Sanitising solution is also recommended.
Come and meet Trainer Simon at Lizzie's on the Green cafe, and we will attempt to cover as many of these streets as possible:
- Northampton Park
- Green Lanes (as far as Clissold Park junction)
- Seaforth Crescent and small estate
- Balfour Road
- Stradbroke Road
- Balls Pond Road (from Dalston Junction to Essex Rd)
- Aberdeen Road
- Aberdeen Park
- Petherton Road
- Newington Green Road
- Grosvenor Avenue (from Highbury New Park to Newington Green Rd)
- Northampton Park
- Wallace Road
- Balls Pond Road (from Essex Rd to New River Walk)
- St Paul's Place
- Carysfort Road
- Winston Road
- Burma Road
- Springdale Road
- Aden Grove
- Lidfield Road
- Leconfield Road
- Poets Road
- Beresford Road
A whopping 16 Goodgymmers from all different areas joined us as Thornhill Square Gardens last night for some gardening by torch light. By the time Trainer Simon had arrived from the Packington Gallery Food Bank with Caroline and Ellie, Anna (the resident gardening master) had already set our team to work!
Half the group were tasked with loading up wheelbarrows with mulch and soil, freshly delivered earlier this week, and distributing the mix onto all of the rose beds in the park. Other tasks included sweeping up and composting loads and loads of fallen Autumn leaves (into the secret composting station, kept away from rogue composting opportunists!), and using gardening hoes and edging tools to tease weeds and messy plants from the planters lining the entrance of the gardens.
We made amazing progress over the course of the hour, with the space looking really immaculate by the time we left. Well done everyone!
Mid Week Extra Tasks!
SHP Mercer Road, off Holloway Road
Come and join us for an exciting redevelopment project at the Single Homeless Project. We are planning on removing an old flower bed from the client's garden space, and replacing it with fresh soil.
A regular Tuesday lunch time task, starting today at 1pm.
Highbury Quadrant Greening- Help us build an orchard!
2 opportunities to help out at Highbury Quadrant Estate (by Clissold Park) this week- and both in the light!
We will be clearing patches of weeds, overgrown plants and hard core from old building projects from this forgotten garden, with the intention to regenerate the space for the residents of this housing estate.
Mission 1: Thursday 22nd October- 4pm
Mission 2: Saturday 24th October- Midday