Group Fitness Activities
Luis, JP and Michelle made their way to St Luke's Mission Church to help local vicar and GG member Ellis with a paint job.
The church is preparing the back room to be used as a clothes bank to support the community in Hounslow.
Along with the lovely Denise, who made us tea and gave us possibly the best biscuit selection in GG history to keep us going, we rollered and cut in three walls in no time.
This is a repeat community mission, which takes place every second Saturday of the month, from 10.00 - 11.30am.
The Friends of Ham Lands work with local naturalists and the Council’s ecology officer to identify work that needs doing in the Ham Lands area.
Tasks will vary from week to week: sometimes we will be clearing weeds, brambles or other undesirable plants, sometimes tackling Himalayan Balsam by the river (in the summer), sometimes it will be a litter pick.
All of these tasks are aimed at (1) maintaining the sheltered open grassland areas and open woodland, to improve the habitat for flora and fauna, and particularly for the local butterfly population and (2) maintaining some of the small footpaths through the scrub that are in danger of being overgrown, to ensure people can continue to enjoy the area.
Please wear working clothes including strong and waterproof footwear. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Friends of Ham Lands are not able to provide gloves and hi-vis vest. Please bring your own gardening gloves. If you have a hi-vis vest or jacket please wear it. If you have secateurs or saws please bring them.
Children are very welcome but need to be accompanied by an adult.
We meet at the corner of Croftsway and Riverside Drive https://goo.gl/maps/78E2thtb5J1f1rP2A
Time: 10.00 – 11.30am
Planting nearly 100 plants at The Arcade in Monday’s moonlight (with the help of head torches and a couple of work lights). But Dancing sounds much more poetic than Planting.
Jack led a Monday night run from Richmond Green to rendezVous with Cathy and Anita at The Arcade, in Buccleuch Gardens, for a herculean planting session under a crescent moon.
An awesome debut from Zoe, who laughed at having to shovel manure on her very first GoodGym mission.
Thank you Zoe, Rebecca, Naomi, Monika, Maena, JP, Jack, Cathy and Anita. You are all awesome.
The morning was a little fresher than we’ve been used to in recent weeks, with mist hanging over the tree tops. We made our way deeper in the Ham Lands than usual, tasked with clearing a section by the trees of brambles and other plant matter.
It was a good bunch with a collection of Richmond regulars and Freya, Zoe and Craig from Kingston. Armed with rakes and loppers the team got stuck in and soon enough there were piles of plant matter gathering alongside the path.
We only had one large canvas bag this time so it filled up pretty quickly, ready to be dragged by a team of Bag Ladies or Bag Men (or a mixture!) into the undergrowth to be emptied out.
It was lots of fun as usual, even if by the end our focus was waning as we were all ready for a trip to the Swiss bakery for a hard-earned cheesy reward!
Next up will be 6th November - link to sign up coming soon!
We have loads of planting to do and a compost area to construct at the Arcade Rockery in Beuccleuch Gardens, Richmond.
Bring gloves and head-torches. Other tools and equipment provided.
JP will be organising a 6.30pm run that will aim reach the Arcade at 7.15pm so watch out for the listing and check the Richmond WhatsApp if you have it.
If you are signing up and you haven't done a mission at The Three Pigeons Plot or The Arcade Rockery before, you are very welcome. And if you'd like to know more about these GoodGym Richmond projects, just leave a message so that Anita can send a bit of background.
The vicar at a local church - a GoodGymer himself! - has asked for a hand painting and decorating one of their rooms so it can be used by the community as a clothes bank.
This will really help out a much-valued local space, known as 'Kenny's Room'.