After an incident involving a lorry and a narrow gate our task was moved to Hull Road Park (fortunately for Kieran and less so for everyone else).
Reunited with our good friend the woodchip and every tool imaginable at our disposal, we were tasked with weeding the woodchip and surrounding area to lay the chip around the playground equipment making it safer for all.
New GoodGymmer Caitlin sprang into action after finding us filling up wheelbarrow after wheelbarrow of woodchip making light work of the journey. Soon many of the playground areas were covered by Paul, Caitlin and Leanne.
Meanwhile, Zinnie, Cara, Carl and Kieran got to work weeding the woodchip on this scorching day learning interesting facts from Carl's wisdom and chopping the nettles after Kieran's 10th sting.
The plants were quickly decimated to fill a whole bag ready to replace with the salt grit and ready for the next phase in Kristina's plan.
Certainly another visit to Hull Road Park on the cards but we have left behind a tidier and safer park!
Please note that this community mission has been cancelled.
Welcome to GoodGym York!
We're a friendly and social group who combine exercise with helping out in the local community. Every Monday we meet to get active and do a physical task to help the charities or community organisations in our city.
WHERE WE MEET
We meet at the Priory Street Centre and our usual room is the Denham Room. As you approach the front of the Centre, turn right and go to the car park area. The room we use is locked whilst we're out so you can leave your bits and bobs in there. To limit the number of people entering the building two/three people will be taking all belongings inside whilst everyone else stays outside. 10 bay pay and display car park is available behind the nursery block, to the left as you approach front of the Centre. In addition on street parking is available on Priory Street.
It’s this time of year when the Himalayan Balsam grows rapidly, smothering other vegetation as it goes. Friends of Hob Moor have asked for our help with eradication of the plant aka ‘balsam bashing’ from the woodland on the eastern side of the Moor. The plant is about knee high at this moment, but in few weeks’ time it will reach overhead height and start producing seeds. By removing as much of the balsam as possible now we will provide space and light for other native plants to grow.
Please bring your gardening gloves
RUNNING AND WALKING WITH US
GoodGym is for everyone. We welcome runners of all abilities and if the task is close enough we have a walking group too. It's possible to walk to this task (about 1.8km each way) but walkers will leave at 18:25 promptly so please arrive in plenty of time.
Please let me know if you plan to walk.
We always have a back-marker too so nobody will get left behind - no matter what your pace is.
We will do a short hill reps session on the way back from the task.
We will head to The Golden Ball on Cromwell Road after our run for a spot of liquid refreshment and a good chat. Please join us!
8 GoodGymmers returned to Glen Gardens to continue tending the flower beds. Showing up in hot temperatures on a lovely bank holiday we got to work digging out ivy and weeds from the flower beds in order to clear it up and make way for new soil.
Rich took charge of the rootslayer with no root or tree a match for it.
Minding the blue flowers and newly planted trees, everything else was fair game filling over 3 large bags to make way for new bulbs and other plants to brighten the garden.
Plenty left to do and we'll be sure to see Glen gardens and Ada again soon!
- CHANGE OF LOCATION* There have been issues with the bark delivery to Ashton park so we will be doing a similar task at Hull Road Park. Assumed to be laying bark and weeding. We will meet at Hull Road Park Pavilion
A team of 10 should be able to finish both tasks within 1 hour.
Bring your gardening gloves.
Friends of Rowntree Park have a new project for us. They are starting a new pond in the wildlife area of the park (being developed over the next couple of years) and asked if we could help with some digging.
All tools will be provided, but please bring your gardening gloves.
Stu, the lead volunteer gardener will meet us by the old wildlife pond, next to the Environment Agency compound,