Whenever we do some litter-picking we always manage to find some pants! Along with the usual bottles, cans and crisp packets there is inevitably a pair of underwear amongst the rubbish we collect. Tonight's prize pants were some boxer shorts collected (at arms length with a litter picker of course) by Louise Galvin.
Louise was just one of eight GoodGymmers out tonight tidying the Riverside Way of lockdown litter. It was also good to see litter picker extrodinaire Meg Deacon who had identified the spot as needing some GoodGym attention. Other GoodGymmers comprising tonights crew were Kati Law, Ben Godfrey, Tom, David Bilton and first timer Alison Cottam.
We collected a dozen bags of litter and as ever left the area looking at lot better than we found it. Another great job done by the Good guys of GoodGym.
For today's mission we were gifted with sunshine and fabulous views at the Growing Communities site in Golcar.
Our second visit to this inspiring venture, our task today was uncovering and digging over a big plot for planting potatoes. After two years covered and a wet winter the job seemed a daunting one with heavy clay soil providing a full body workout!
Each taking a section of the plot and working hard while chatting in the warm sun, what seemed like an impossible task rapidly transformed into a neatly turned over patch ready for the spuds! All agreed it was very satisfying.
The potatoes will supply the Welcome Centre, helping feed Huddersfield's homeless communities, and also be sold through local retailers to buy next year's seeds. We can't wait to come back to harvest the crop!
There is lots going on at the site throughout the year and with plans for a pond and lots more crops it will be a place where communities can meet, work and grow together.
Come and help the Friends of RoydsHall Orchard rescue some fruit trees that are covered in brambles. Hopefully we should still be to admire the apple blossom in the orchard. If you can bring some secateurs with you that would be helpful.
We definitely weeded this evening our first visit of the year to Ravensknowle Memorial Garden.
Thanks to Kati Law, Louse Galvin, Ben Godfrey, David Bilton and new girl Helen Ahmad for their collective efforts this evening.
Although it needs a bit more work the garden is beginning to look memorable for the right reasons once again.
Extra thanks also to Louise for providing our post-weeding refreshments!
GoodGym Huddersfield member Meg Deacon had identified a spot on the Riverside Way that would benefit from the GoodGym litter picking touch.
This hidden corner of the Riverside Way between Colne Bridge and the Bradley Viaduct has been hit hard by lockdown litterers. So let’s break out the black bags and litter pickers and get things tidy once again.
We’ll meet at the entrance to the cycleway at Bradley Junction Industrial Estate, before heading off to help restore the Riverside Way to its former glory. There’s space for parking, but please run, ride or walk there if you possibly can.
Please remember to remain socially distanced as much as possible during the task.
Cutting turf is a tough task, but that was GoodGym Huddersfield's job for Saturday morning. We were helping Golcar Environment Group remove a grassy area in the village park in order to create a more interesting flower bed area.
So spades in hand, Kati Law, Louise Galvin, Heather Wilshaw Jones, Catherine Gormley and SallyAnn Maish set about cutting whilst I ran up and down with the wheelbarrow removing and stacking the sods at the opposite end of the park.
Two hours later, much effort expended, a few biscuits eaten and plenty of chatting done, we had completely removed all the turf from the designated area. There is however still more digging to be done, and now we have proved ourselves as excellent turf cutters GoodGym will be returning to Golcar again in the coming weeks to continue cutting.
Thanks to everyone for your help this morning, another great GoodGym task completed.
With spring now most definitely springing the weeds in Ravensknowle Memorial Garden are also making their presence felt. So GoodGym are visiting once again to help ensure the memorial garden is looking memorable for all the right reasons.
Don't forget your gardening gloves and do-good motivation for an hour's worth of socially distanced hard labour. If you are able to walk, run or cycle to this Community Mission please do so.
When GoodGym have a job to do they always stick to the task. And tonight's Community Mission was to shift sticks and tidy twigs from the churchyard at Christ Church Moldgreen. Following the removal of a number of trees there was quite a volume of woody debris that needed clearing up, so Kati Law, Ben Godfrey, David Bilton, Tom and myself set about tidying.
Forty-five minutes later all the three available wheelie bins were filled and whilst not all the sticks were shifted the site certainly looked a whole lot better. There was even time for a little creative stick sculpture.