We have been back with the Bread Streets again helping out with what feels like painting never ending railings!! The neighbourhood group are there most weekends as it's a really slow and very big job, we are happy to add a few more hands in when we can.
It's making such a difference to the park though so it's all worth the effort. And it's only part of the plans the community has for the area. We are delighted to be able to join in (it's those amazing views across the Mersey that keep us coming back..... and maybe the cake and cuppa always on offer too!)
We'll be headed back for a third session on Saturday 19th June so come and join us!
Great to have Haila join us for her first session.
Joe 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.
Joe completed a community mission. Instead of watching TV or lying in bed, Joe was out there making their community a better place to be. For making that choice they have earned the community cape.
Browsing Facebook one evening, I saw a post from 'Calderstones Park Forever' :- "The Nature Reserve is progressing well but there are still a couple of serious grot spots that our volunteers cannot tackle and are not very accessible by a digger..."
"If you are a strong footie or other team, group etc that are capable of dealing with this rubble and would like a workout in the park one evening instead of the gym, please email..."
This being the raison d'etre of GoodGym, even though we are not a footie team, I got in touch immediately and a week or two later, seven of us met with the lovely Caroline from Calderstones Park. The area to be cleared was part of the Harthill part of the park, which having once housed thirteen greenhouses containing a world-renowned orchid collection, had fallen into disrepair and was saved by a judicial review a couple of years ago from being turned into a housing estate. A lottery grant has paid for a lot of the work needed to establish a nature reserve on the site instead. A load of concrete, bricks and other debris had been cleared using mechanical diggers, but there were some hard-to-reach spots where good old people-power was needed.
We set to work to clear the first area and also make a pathway to enable us to wheel barrow-loads to the disposal area, using old flagstones to make a neat little ramp. Then is was onto the main area to be cleared, which had once housed a fernery. Countless trugs were filled byLee, Pauline, Christina and Jo, and dozens of wheelbarrow journeys made by [Mina](/runners/mina-mesri, Joe and Jess. In under two hours we'd cleared the 'grot spot' and even managed to shift a very large and heavy bollard!
Neighbours in Dingle have been working together to improve their local park area and need some help painting the perimeter railings.
It's a huge ongoing job and they've been doing sections every weekend. We joined them to get stuck in the other Saturday, you can see the run report here and we are back again to keep painting!!
Everything we need is being provided but you may prefer to bring your own gloves and make sure you wear clothing you don't mind getting paint splashes on!
Meeting Point Meeting at the gates to the park on the corner of Grafton Street and Beresford Street