We’re back on some Saturday shifts for Oxford Mutual Aid.
This task will be based inside Richard Benson Hall restocking the shelves in the food bank, packing any emergency parcel requests, and giving the hall a clean and tidy up.
Please wear a mask.
Some residents of Meadow Lane have formed a gardening group and are planning to plant up a strip 1m wide along the edge of Meadow Lane Recreation Ground. They have asked for a GoodGym flash mob to help them prepare the ground by digging out the turf and weeds in preparation for planting. A strip by the playground has been started, and we will extend this.
Sunset is at 7:04pm, so we will want to get working quickly, but Meadow Lane is street lit, which will extend our digging time.
Wheelbarrows, forks and spades will be provided. You may prefer to bring your own gardening gloves, but they aren't completely necessary for this task.
* Anyone wishing to run or walk to the task as a group please meet in the car park of the Richard Benson Hall, 276b Cowley Rd at 6pm. There will be running and walking routes planned. There won’t be a bag drop available.
* If you would prefer to meet at the task please meet us on the corner of Jackdaw Lane and Meadow Lane at 6:10pm.
I am hoping to get a booking on the Roger Bannister Track for 7:45-8:15pm and will list that separately once it is confirmed.
Jessica is a now a fully fledged GoodGym runner. They've just run to do good for the first time. They are out there making amazing things happen and getting fit at the same time.
The garden at the Highfield unit is looking WAY less bramble infested now after our regular work over the spring and summer. This last evening visit of the summer (and of the year!) was an opportunity for a good tidy-up before autumn sets in.
Weeding, raking, nettle pulling, and - of course - bramble lopping were the tasks of the night. We even found buried treasure as we unearthed some teeny tiny potatoes. We replanted them in hopes of a full crop next year.
Side note: only at GoodGym would the declaration "I found a potato!" receive the reply "What? another one?!".
Several of wheelbarrow loads of weeds and grass cuttings were removed, ideas discussed for perennials which might bring some colour to the planting next year, and we were all done before 7:30pm sunset.
We were grateful for water and juice from the ward staff - thank you!
Welcome back to Oxford Jessica L and congrats on your 10th Good Deed!
Well done on your 1st GoodGym Good Deed Jessica V.
We went off piste on our evening walk. Maybe the sun went to our heads, or perhaps you just can't trust us without Rachael's leadership, but we spotted an intriguing-looking footpath and branched off our pre-planned route. We wandered over the fields, soaked up late summer sun, tried to befriend a ginger cat, and made a small detour into Wolvercote Cemetery to visit J R R Tolkien's grave.
We're heading North for our walk this week!
Meeting at the Harbord Road entrance of Cutteslowe Park we will follow a loop around the park, taking in the miniature railway, the Horticultural Therapy Centre and the Community Woodland. We will then wander out of the park and over to Wolvercote Cemetery to find Tolkien's grave, before returning back to our starting point.
Meet: Harbord Road entrance to Cutteslowe Park. There is parking there, and there is also on-street parking at Five Mile Drive which is only a short walk away.
View the route here.
We've been helping regularly in the garden of the young person’s mental health unit, the Highfield. There is only one gardener for the whole of the Warneford Hospital site, so it is a difficult to keep it all looking as good as it could.
The Highfield Unit has a large fenced garden divided into 3 different sections, and a public area in front of the ward too. We will split into teams to work in the different sections. We'll be looking to get it ready for autumn, as this will be our last evening session here until the spring. Sunset is at 7:36pm this evening.
We plan to do some weekend sessions in the autumn and winter to plant bulbs and do preparatory work for spring.
Please bring gardening gloves. Other tools will be provided, but if you have a small pair of secateurs please bring them - we always need more tools for pruning at this task.
* Anyone wishing to run or walk to the task as a group please meet in the car park of the Richard Benson Hall, 276b Cowley Rd at 6pm. There will be running and walking routes planned. It's less than a mile to Warneford Hospital, but be warned that it's mostly up hill! There won’t be a bag drop available.
* If you would prefer to meet at the task please meet us on the lawn outside reception at Warneford Hospital at 6:15pm.