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Karen has completed 25 good deeds with GoodGym. Sun 24 Apr 2022

Karen has already done 25 good deeds with GoodGym. Instead of doing anything else, they've used their run to go and help people that need their help; digging, lifting, scraping, clearing, planting and weeding. Stuff that makes this a better place to be.

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Community mission

Paths and picnics

Sun 24 Apr
Report written by Emily

On a beautiful Sunday morning, Alison, Emily, Karen, Nico, and first-time Goodgymer Natasha joined the volunteers at Crouch End Open Space to continue working on a new path in the meadow. Local resident Joan (part of the CREOS group) had raised £1,000 for the materials and it's being built in honour of her late husband. The path will make the meadow much easier for users to cross and avoid churning up the grass into mud. Our job today was to fill wheelbarrows with earth and sand, wheel up to the meadow and fill the edge of the path. Eventually grass and wildflower seeds will be planted along here to create a nice boundary for the path. Natasha also "watered" the path which was being flattened with a (very loud) machine. The CREOS volunteers organise a picnic for the monthly sessions which was welcome after a few hours hard work. Filled with bread, cheese and cider we parted ways to enjoy the rest of the sunny afternoon.

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Crouch End Open Space (CREOS) Volunteering Day

Sun 24 Apr 10:00 am
Hanley Tennis Club Car Park, Greenways,, London, N8 8JJ
Continuing our woodland regeneration session with the CREOS volunteering team

Join us as we help the team at CREOS, a local conservation charity, maintain and improve a lovely green oasis in Crouch End.

CREOS looks after the meadows and wooded pathways of the Crouch End Open Space. GoodGym runners have been helping them maintain this beautiful patch of land for a while now, and the CREOS team always has lots for us to do.

This month, the CREOS team are planning on playing down a load of hoggin (a mix of hardy sand, clay and gravel aggregate) for new paths along the forest walking routes. It will be a big job, so we can use as many hands as possible!

A mix of tasks will be available, involving classic wheelbarrowing and shoveling workouts, but also forest path maintenance. Less physical tasks are also on offer.

We'll meet for an 10am start and aim to work for 3 hours. Stay as long as you can... but if you can make it to 1pm you'll get to enjoy a picnic* provided by the CREOS team. (Though this may be contingent on the weather!)

During the Winter months, we will be meeting at the Hanley Tennis Court Car Park, accessible via the Green Ways walk from Wood Vale.

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Summer Social Rounders: Clapham Common (Home game) - North vs. South of the River

Sat 18 Jun 16:00 pm
Community Garden, Windmill Drive,, Clapham Common, London, SW4 9DE
An inclusive game(s) of social rounders in the sunshine (hopefully) - bring a picnic, BYOB and mates (if you want)

What's the best way to get GoodGymers from across London together over the summer?

Organise a social in the park with (hopefully) the glorious British summer sunshine and an added element of a nostalgic game of rounders.

Of course, there's always some sort of competition, but in a fun environment. Come along to meet other GG members from across London for a picnic and a social rounders game between GG members from north of the river against GG members south of the river (we're not strict about this and if one team need more players, we can "loan" them for the afternoon PLUS don't forget we may have non-GG friends).

We know everyone cannot make this date due to other commitments or location, so there will be a second social rounders on Saturday 16th of July in Victoria Park. Consider this the "Home" game and that second social date, the "Away" game. Sign up to both, if you can make it!


  • What: Social Rounders (with picnic, BYOB and invite your non-GG mates)
  • Where: Clapham Common (exact spot)
  • When: Saturday 18th of June from 16:00 onwards
  • Why: Enjoy an afternoon in the park, play social rounders, eat, drink, meet GoodGymers from other areas and possibly get a sun tan (not promising anything). Importantly, have fun!

Don't know how to play?

Firstly, we welcome all! Just because there's a "North vs. South of the river" narrative, it's all for fun...no one is winning any medals or prizes. If you haven't played before, not to worry, the majority of us have forgotten the rules, so the written rules are here and there is also a video. I'll explain the rules again on the day. In summary: it's a no-fuss version of Baseball.

Can I still come if I can't make the start?

Have other commitments earlier or like to be fashionably late? That's fine. It's all social, so come and go as you please! We might start off with a practice hit around before our "socially competitive" games. If the rounders is all over by the time you arrive, just come and chill with a picnic. I'm sure a few of us will stay until the sun starts to set.

Hope to see you there!

If you have any questions, please put it down in the "Discussion" below and I'll get to you ASAP. Otherwise, you can email me at samuel@goodgym.org.

UPDATED: Schedule and Team Roster can be found here

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Karen went on a community mission
Community mission

Forest Friends

Sun 3 Apr
Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

On Sunday, 5 keen Goodgymmers from all across North London made their way to Crouch End Open Space (CREOS) meadows to help the Friends of CREOS and The Conservation Volunteers with setting down a new forest path. The route links up the woodland sections of Highgate, Queens Wood and Alexandra Palace, and is a hugely popular walking path, surrounded by greenery and ancient trees.

Ivo, Karen were first to arrive, and helped the CREOS team with bringing wheelbarrows and shovels over to the North London Cricket Club car park, where 8 huge bags of building aggregate had been placed (supplied by a local merchant). John and Emily (who celebrated her 50th Goodgym deed today! Congratulations!) came down shortly after, and together we shovelled large barrow loads of stone and pebbles over to the meadow (about 400m away). The grassy spot is known to get very muddy throughout the year, and requires regular maintenance to keep visitors from disturbing wildlife habitats by walking around puddles and ditches.

One of our team had an ingenious idea of cutting holes in the rubble bags that were positioned on top of each other to use gravity to spill the aggregate into our wheelbarrows, saving us a lot of extra exertion! Working smart, as well as working hard! During our session, the whole crew were about to lay down 4 and a half massive builder's bags of aggregate, which is a huge start to a big project!

We will be back again same time next week, so come on down to join us for more quality workouts followed by coffee in Crouch End!

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CREOS (Crouch End Open Space) Forest Footpath Sessions 1

Sun 3 Apr 10:00 am
Crouch End Open Space, Greenways, London, N8 8RN
Additional forest path resetting ready for summer! One of our favourite tasks!

The Friends of Crouch End Open Space (CREOS) has asked if the Goodgym team can help their regular crew of volunteers with their annual resetting of the forest paths and green maintenance work. These are beautiful woodland trails linking Highgate Woods, Muswell Hill and Crouch End, and are a wonderful hub for wildlife in North London.

Session 1:

Filling wheelbarrows with aggregate and transporting to the main forest path, with help from TCV (The Conservation Volunteers, Haringey).

Please note: the meet-up place for this task is at CREOS meadow, not the Hanley Tennis Club Car Park.

Here is a link to a map of CREOS, and how to find the meadow:


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