Jessy McCabe

Oxford

45Good deeds

45runs

189cheers

Jessy McCabe went on a group run
Group run
Oxford

Happiest when Scything

Wed 3 Aug
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Report written by Anwen Greenaway

The Aston's Eyot Triathlon: Scything, Digging and log-carrying. It'll be a Commonwealth Games sport one day you know!

We spent our evening working around the new wildlife pond on Aston's Eyot - digging nettle roots out of the area where the Friends of Aston's Eyot plan to create a boggy area, scything and raking up nettles to try and encourage greater biodiversity, and moving logs to create suitable habitats for reptiles to hibernate (and to clear them from a new footpath).

Aston's Eyot used to be a rubbish dump, so there's lots of Victorian trash all over just below the surface, which makes digging and weeding a bit of a treasure hunt. Who could have predicted that we would be unearthing an old laxative bottle and taking it home to use as a vase? Hopefully the digging team won't get prosecuted for their efforts by Christchurch college - the sign prohibiting digging looked pretty ancient!

Scything is a GoodGym right of passage, so we're always delighted to have a chance to show our newer members how to do it. Fortunately this load of nettle scything didn't seem to trigger everyone's allergies like it did when we scythed nettles in June before. Good to know August is better for the hayfever sufferers!

Well done on reaching the 10 Good Deeds milestone Laurie.

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Jessy McCabe went on a training session
Training session
Oxford

Slow worm Saturday 🪱

Sat 30 Jul
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Report written by Katie Fellows

3 Good Gymers set off on a Saturday morning walk. We took the canal path up to Wolvercote and encountered some very fluffy ducklings along the way! Arriving in Wolvercote we decided to walk back to Oxford via Burgess Field- here Jessy was eagle eyed and spied a slow worm out and about! A 5 (and a bit) mile walk was a good way to start a Saturday!

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Jessy McCabe signed up to a group run
Group run
Oxford

Aston’s Eyot

Wed 3 Aug 18:00 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
Scything :-)

Aston’s Eyot is an island in East Oxford formed by the River Thames, the River Cherwell and Shire Lake Ditch. The 32 acre nature reserve was originally a water meadow, then a rubbish tip for a while at the end of the 19th Century, it is now a mosaic of woodland, open area and scrubland. The land is managed by the Friends of Aston’s Eyot as a nature reserve with public access.

There will be various jobs for us to do around Aston’s Eyot nature reserve, including digging out a pit to make a boggier patch near the trial pond, scything, and other maintenance tasks.

Please bring your own gardening gloves.All tools will be provided.

Meeting options:

If you would like to run to the task location with the group meet in the car park of the Richard Benson Hall at 6pm.It is less than a mile to Aston’s Eyot, but we can take a slightly longer route if we set off on time.
If you want to meet at the task we will be at the intersection of Meadow Lane and Jackdaw Lane at 6:15pm. We will walk along to Aston's Eyot together from there.

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Training session
Oxford

Plod across Port Meadow

Sat 30 Jul 10:30 am
Oxford University Parks, South Parks Road, OXford, OX1 3RF
Coffee, Walk, Port Meadow, Picnic and maybe some sun…

Let’s continue the fun after Park Run and go for a walk! I’m looking forward to volunteering at my first one!

The route will probably be from Uni Parks via the canal at Jericho, a spin around Port Meadow via Wolvercote and then a picnic (could also turn into pizza at The Medley- hopefully not in the rain) and then back to town. Sound like your sort of thing- sign up below!

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Jessy McCabe went on a group run
Group run
Oxford

The key to success

Wed 20 Jul
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Report written by Anwen Greenaway

Cotswold House is an award winning specialist adult eating disorders service provided by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. There are 2 two modern eating disorders units in Oxford and Marlborough, Wiltshire. After our day trip to Marlborough to tidy up the garden of the Cotswold House there we were recommende to Oxford site too. Et voila! Cotswold House take 2!

After some minor faffing trying to get the garden gates open, we soon got to work in the walled garden. The Warneford Hospital site is large but only has a very small gardening team, so it's difficult for them to lavish lots of attention on weeding and pruning. The Cotswold House garden used to be looked after by a keen volunteer gardener, but recently it has got a bit overgrown, so secateurs and pruning saws in hand we started to tackle the job.

This turned into one of the most fragrant garden tasks we've ever had, as we lopped back sage (who knew sage grows into a whole woody shrub if you let it?!), rosemary, lavender, and buddleia. Jessy and Sarah did great work clearing a bench from under a tangle of bamboo and roses - looked beautiful in a wild kinda way, but not great for accessing the seat! Others pruned, weeded, and sawed, amassing a large pile of trimmings and weeds. Wheelbarrow crew trekked across the site to dispose of most of it on the big compost heap near the meadow, but there was a small amount left in the garden to be collected another time.

There was even time for a bit of ping pong before we left the garden.

Good work team!

Thanks to our Run Leaders for their help - Ben for leading the run up to Warneford Hospital, and Bethan for coordinating a longer run after the task.

Welcome to GoodGym Joe - lovely to meet you!

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Jessy McCabe signed up to a group run
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Oxford

Warneford Hospital gardening

Wed 20 Jul 18:00 pm
East Oxford Community Centre, 44 Princes St, Oxford, OX4 1DD
Cotwold House, take 2

Cotswold House is an award winning specialist adult eating disorders service provided by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. Cotswold House operates from two modern eating disorders units in Oxford and Marlborough, Wiltshire. Inpatient and day patient treatment programmes are run in both units.

After our day trip to Marlborough earlier this summer we've been asked to do a similar garden-tidy for the Oxford site too. A vote of confidence in our gardening skills!

Please bring your own gardening gloves. Tools will be provided, but we nearly always need extra pairs of secateurs for these kinds of tasks, so if you have a pair you can safely bring then please do so.

Meeting locations: Run meeting point 6pm at East Oxford Community Centre, non-runners meet at 6:15pm on the main lawn of Warneford Hospital. There will be a longer run after the task if interested.

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Jessy McCabe went on a training session
Training session
Oxford

A Monday Walk in the mizzle

Mon 23 May
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Report written by Ruth

A group of GoodGymmers defied the Monday evening mizzle to enjoy a walk around Port Meadow, Burgess Field and Godstow.

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