Area activator for Lewisham. Runner and owner of GoodGym Lewisham's dog mascot, Molly
It was a last min change of plan this week instead of heading over to Hither Green station embankment, we were heading over to the other side of the station and to Springbank Road Community Garden. We all gathered outside Glass Mill and the temperature was dropping by the minute (or so it felt like). We did a quick warm up with star jumps to really get our heart rate up and warm us up.
We arrived at Springbank Road Community Garden to be met by the wonderful Anne-Marie who explained what tasks for the evening, these included:
- Painting the fence
- Planting 300+ bulbs
- Painting the obelisk
- Digging up the allium
- Wrapping the peach trees in fleece
- Cutting back the Flax
Everyone got stuck straight in and using our extensive GoodGym knowledge of plants and weeds managed to plant all the bulbs safely around the plants. With 5 min to go we brought our tools back to the entrance of the garden (double checked we hadn't left any behind) and gathered for the group photo which looked slightly like a GoodGym version of a school photo.
We've been asked to help plant bulbs at two sites in Hither Green - Can you help?
- We are meeting at the bottom of Hither Green Lane/Courthill Road and then we'll make our way back up Hither Green Lane planting bulbs as we go
- Bring gardening gloves
We are heading to Lewisham Lanes for an evening of bowling fun. Expect plenty of laughs and catch ups with friends old and new.
Please sign up here by 4th March so we can book and confirm numbers.
Welcome to GoodGym Lewisham!
We're a friendly and social group who combine exercise with helping out in the local community. We meet every Monday evening to get active and do a physical task to help the charities and community organisations in our area.
After a slight delay with the cardboard delivery, we are heading back to Hither Green station embankment to get to the bottom of the mountain of soil and hopefully start spreading wildflower seed.
GoodGym is for everyone. We welcome runners of all abilities and it is sometimes possible to walk to the task if you would prefer. We always have a back-marker so no-one is left behind - we're about achieving something together, so you'll always be welcome no matter what your pace is.
We meet at Glass Mill Leisure Centre at 6.45pm, so a short walk from Lewisham Station. We have access to lockers and changing facilities, so you could easily drop in on your way home (bring a pound coin or padlock if you want to use the lockers). Look out for the red t-shirts, we're very friendly! Every so often we head out after our run for some food and drink, a chance to get to know each other a bit better.
See you soon!
The life of a Christmas tree can be a lonely one – after standing solo in the front room for a month, most then only have a brief stint laying outside by the bins to look forward to… but not in Lewisham! Here, we don’t only organise large support group gatherings for post-Christmas trees within our nicest parks, we also offer a door-to-gate service to get them there.
That’s right; Monday marked the annual GoodGym visit to (and efforts to expand on) the Hilly Fields Christmas tree collection points! This year we numbered 16 runners (including 4 first-timers: welcome Zoe, Karol, Joe and Alison!) and promptly split ourselves into 2 teams to allow more ground to be covered, plus to instigate some “friendly” competition.
As always, the name of the game was to search the many residential streets surrounding Hilly Fields for any discarded trees in need of a friendly lift to the park. It quickly became clear, however, that our previous record of 53(!) wouldn’t be under threat this year, with pickings looking slim. This meant the greater challenge became FINDING the trees rather than lugging them up the various hills to their resting place.
Thankfully our team have plenty of experience in spotting retired trees and it wasn’t long before the pine-counter started turning over, eventually reaching a total of 33, with respective team scores of 21 and 12. Which team was victorious? Naturally that’s not what’s important and it’s the taking part that counts (wrote the losing team leader!).
There remained just enough time for the group to “enjoy” some hill work, plus for a slightly lost member to be safely rounded up, before heading back to base camp at Glass Mills.