Louise Hall

Oxford

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Oxford City Farm

Wed 25 May

We're revisiting Oxford City Farm - the site of the Aoife-approved 'best GoodGym task EVER'.

There will be various tasks around the site; gardening, watering, general tidying and maintenance etc

Please bring your own gardening gloves. Tools will be supplied if needed..

The City Farm is behind the Isis Care Home on Cornwallis Road. Meeting options:
If you would like to run to the task with the group meet in the car park of Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Road at 6pm. It’s a 1 mile run to Oxford City Farm.
Non-runners please meet us at the gate to the farm at 6:15pm. Location pin here.

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A Monday Walk in the mizzle

Mon 23 May
Report written by Ruth

A group of GoodGymmers defied the Monday evening mizzle to enjoy a walk around Port Meadow, Burgess Field and Godstow.

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Walking Group and Drinks - Port Meadow

Mon 23 May 18:00 pm
Oxford, Oxford, OX
Let's walk and talk

Join us for a c. 7.5-8km/4-5mile walk around Port Meadow, followed by drinks at The Medley seasonal beer garden.

Meet outside Worcester College (corner of Walton Street and Beaumont Street).

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Parkrun tourism to Banbury

Sat 18 Jun 08:45 am
Banbury parkrun, Spiceball Park, Banbury, OX16 2AY
Escape the ring road and have a run!

We will be heading to the bright lights of Banbury to do Parkrun and have breakfast/snacks/coffee afterwards.

See this the parkrun website for course description etc.

Banbury Parkrun is at Spiceball park. It is a mixture of concrete and grass paths with good parking and vicinity to the train station.

I’m sure there will be people driving.

Trains - catch the 7:39 from Oxford which gets in just before 8, giving ample time to walk down to the park.

We’ll all meet at the Parkrun start line at 8:45 in time for first timers briefing.

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Run Wytham Woods

Sun 12 Jun 10:30 am
Wytham, Oxford, OX2
Let's race!

10km woodland trail race through the ancient Wytham Great Wood.

To enter and for further information, visit: www.runwythamwoods.org

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Oxford City Farm

Wed 25 May 18:00 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
Sheep! Chickens! Gardening!

We're revisiting Oxford City Farm - the site of the Aoife-approved 'best GoodGym task EVER'.

There will be various tasks around the site; gardening, watering, general tidying and maintenance etc

Please bring your own gardening gloves. Tools will be supplied if needed..

The City Farm is behind the Isis Care Home on Cornwallis Road. Meeting options:
If you would like to run to the task with the group meet in the car park of Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Road at 6pm. It’s a 1 mile run to Oxford City Farm.
Non-runners please meet us at the gate to the farm at 6:15pm. Location pin here.

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Happy as a pig in..well rotted manure?

Wed 11 May
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

Last night we finally got an opportunity to complete our rescheduled 3rd birthday task!

The storms stopped us making it to the allotment site when we had planned in February, but you can't keep a team of GoodGymers away too long.

Since we had time to kill at the start of the task due to some truly awful traffic holding up GoodGymers and the van full of tools we had a bit of fun during the register with a silly question/ice breaker. So, this week's conversation starter for 10: What's your 2nd favourite flavour of soup? Thanks to Katie's student for that one!

Harvest at Home has community growing initiatives across Oxfordshire, and the latest site at South Ward Allotments is destined to be an experimental growing space. Here they will show people how to grow their own food and also experiment with crops which might be suitable for growing in the weather conditions we can expect in 5, 10 and 15 years into the future. It pays to be prepared for the effects of climate change.

Despite our efforts last year, and lots of hard work since then by the Cherwell Collective/Harvest at Home team, there's still plenty to do to get the plot organised. We jumped to work unloading the van of tools and raised beds then got stuck into the list of jobs. We set the raised beds up in place, shoveled the manure pile to fill the beds and moved large quantities of the rest of it over to the compost bays for storage/further rotting down (going home from GoodGym smelling of manure is a new experience!), Henry did some very thorough strimming work ridding the plot of nettles and long grass, and we also made good in roads into the tangle of bramble - lopping away at brambles which could win prizes for size. We even uncovered and rehomed a sloworm in the manure pile; particularly interesting since they'd come up in conversation on our run over to the task.

Welcome to GoodGym Sophie - hope you enjoyed your first GoodGym experience :-)

Thanks for leading us out of the allotments the scenic route Sam!

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Allotment Clearing for Harvest at Home

Wed 11 May 18:00 pm
Falcon Boat Club , 331 Meadow Lane, Oxford, OX4 4BJ
Supporting the Cherwell Larder

Harvest@Home (part of the Cherwell Collective/Cherwell Larder) aims to provide the equipment and skills necessary for people to plant, care for, and harvest their very own produce at home. They are establishing allotments both for teaching/community growing and to grow produce for the Cherwell Larder.

The plot we will be working on tonight is at South Ward Allotments, near Redbridge Park & Ride. The allotments suffered a lot of damage in the winter storms, plus the plot needs further clearing to make it usable for growing. They plan to use the area for some experimental growing projects.

Tasks will include:
* Pulling up old path markings
* Laying down cardboard and woodchip
* Strimming
* Building compost bays

Please bring sturdy gardening gloves.

Meeting Options:
I will be setting off from Falcon Boat Club car park on Meadow Lane at 6pm. If you would like a 1 mile run to our task meet me there.
If running is not your thing you can meet us close to the task. Please meet on the opposite side of the road from the Redbridge Household Waste Recycling Centre at 6:05pm (glamorous, I know!), and we will walk the last stretch as a group. We are aiming to be at the task location at 6:15pm. It is a bit tucked away past the static caravan park, and through a locked gate, so I highly recommend you meet in one of the above locations rather than going straight to the allotments.

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Town and Gown 2022

Sun 8 May
Report written by Bethan Greenaway

It was fab to see so many Goodgymers take part in the 40th Anniversary Town and Gown 10k!

Congratulations everyone!!

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May the Fourth be with you

Wed 4 May
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

We had a very wholesome evening in the Oxgrow garden at Hogacre Common.

The community garden is in the process of installing a new irrigation system, which will make watering the garden during dry spells SO much easier. Instead of having to go to and fro from one water source wherever you are in the garden it will soon be possible to just go a few yards to one of many water troughs, making it quicker and less effort to keep the garden watered. All the troughs and pipes were laid out around the garden, but the pipes needed burying - sounds like the perfect job for a GoodGym flash mob!

We grabbed spades, gave a little thanks for the rain earlier in the day which had softened the ground nicely, and got to work digging trenches, laying the pipes in and recovering them (always one or two turf squares leftover at the end however hard you try to figure out how they came out!). We even dug our way through a mound to lay the piping, and despite calls for an axe managed to get the job done with spades, forks and muscles. We managed to get all the long sections of pipe buried, leaving just the joints to sort out. That progress will make it possible for the OxGrow team to mow and strim some of the grass from around the growing beds to keep it from taking over while they figure out the best way to bury the joints in the pipes.

With not quite enough spades to go around the rest of the team set to work weeding the raised beds . Dogging out thistles, detangling bind weed, trying to get to the bottom of dandelion roots. Along the way we enjoyed seeing the asparagus, chard and onions coming up.

Simon from Oxgrow kindly harvested chard, sorrel and a variety of herbs for all of us to take some greenery home after the task. Sorrell = suprisingly tart-tasting but great stirfried.

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