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8 GG Yorkies met in the park to commence part 2 of the great digventure.
Before we got to work, we welcomed Liz to her first task - give her a big cheer! 📣 The task itself was to continue digging roots out from a previously nettled verge of the picnic area to prepare it for some pollinating wild flowers.
There was some initial reluctance to use any of the many mattocks we'd been provided with and most opted for spades and forks. However, those brave enough to give them a try were soon mattock converts.
Where the previous group had opted for quantity over quality, this time we were encouraged to dig deeper to get as many of the roots (and butter knives) out of the ground as we could.
In the space of an hour, we made great progress and were ready to hand the land over to another group of GG Yorkies who are booked to finish the task later in the week.
COVID stalled our garden planting, and in the interim the beds that were cleared have become full of weeds. These have been sprayed off, and the beds now need clearing completely, by digging over, the weeds/plants in situ removing so we can plant some, and cover others with weed control fabric.
Friends of West Bank Park asked for our expert help with putting up some fence posts. Having completed similar project at a local school recently we definitely have the know-how for this task. We may be asked to help with some gardening tasks too.
Stu, the lead volunteer gardener will meet us by the park café/library. He will be around to explain the task, get tools etc.
Please bring your gardening gloves.
Kristina asked us to come back and continue digging up the weeds and grass clumps around the picnic area to make space for wildflower seeds.
You may see a glimpse of red through the trees, as two other GG teams will be working in the park around that time.
Kristina will meet us by the tools shed at the James Backhouse Place gate.
Don’t forget your gardening gloves.
Please stay only with your group while at the task.
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100 years ago there was a railway from the river Ouse to the army base for supplies. 20 years ago they uncovered the rails when building Millenium Bridge. 20 years of flooding had covered up the rails again with 30cm of hard packed mud until the Friends of New Walk called in GG for some enthusiastic but unskilled labour.
We were on the first team which meant we could make as much mess as we liked, safe in the knowledge that team 2 would get the blame if it was left looking ugly. The shoveling was so enthusiastic that the wheelbarrows were filled as quickly as they could be emptied. 45 minutes later then length of exposed rails had gone from 5 m to 15 m, and plans were made to drink beer while heckling team 2. The beauty of a task like this is next time it floods we can do it all over again.
The community garden requires a lot of work. Last time we were reinvigorating the compost piles. We may be finishing them today, it's hard to say at the time of writing this post ;)
Louise from Edible York/Greenfields Community Garden said that she will take whatever we can offer in terms of support , as there are a lot of jobs needing completion before the growing season.
More specific tasks will be revealed nearer to the date.
We will be met by Louise who will brief us and provide tools necessary for the task.
Bring your gardening gloves.
Meeting at the garden, access from Greenfields, YO31 8LA