A group of GoodGym volunteers went to help out at Bath Organic Group's community allotments near Victoria Park. Some of us has been to help out before and we also welcomed some new runners to GoodGym.
The first task was to lay bark chip down to recreate the path around their allotment. There has been lots of grass and weeds growing around and over the path recently so we had to clear some space with sickles first!
The second task was to recreate the path around their pond to make it safer for visitors and volunteers. We had to use hoes to remove the weeds before we could wheelbarrow the chips into a path shape;
After some much-appreciated home-made apple juice to give us a sugar boost we hoed over some ground in preparation of cabbage planting later this week.
We all enjoyed feeling physically and mentally refreshed after spending the morning in good company in the sunshine helping this great community group.
It was a lavaly night not to be taken for granite...so rather than a dormant night in, our seven super runners got active.
We started our training session with a quick dynamic warm-up and a flowing run up to Royal Victoria Park ready for a pumicing workout. Our cone shaped course was set with a 100 meter 'floor of lava' for the all out speed efforts.
And then they were off...slow and steady then building up the pace ready for an eruption of speed...and then onto the 'volcano sides' for the recovery. Round and round the ring of fire they went and then with burning legs and lungs it was all over!
Time for a rock solid stretch off to lower the heart rate ready for the return leg back to base camp.
Well done everyone. I lava you all for the effort you put in tonight! (apologies for the gaseous pun-fest that this report has become!!)
Mixture of tasks which could include:
- Clearing/raking the orchard of leaves.
- Improve path access around the site.
They are looking forward to a visit from Britain in Bloom judges in early July and keen to have the Garden looking at its best.
Please bring your own gloves. All other tools will be provided.
Let's take advantage of an overcast weather forecast and go claim the park for our training ground!
6:30 - Meet on the grassy bank between the Leisure Centre and the river. Warm up and 'run at the pace of chat' to the park.
6:45-7:15 - 30 minutes of effort
7:15 - Nice cool down run back to base.
Then home in time for tea!
GoodGym headed over to the Nest Project, to do some seasonal sorting.
The Nest are a charity hub providing children's clothing for those who need them. First up we helped with some rearranging of the summer and winter stock, relocating some of the boxes so that winter clothing was put upstairs in the storage area and those summer containing summer clothing was brought downstairs where it'll be more readily available over the coming months.
The downstairs storage area is on top of some cupboards, so Mark (handy up ladders), Rachel (health and safety) and Alice (multi-skilled) set about reaching winter boxes down from the cupboard tops; Jane and Meyrick (no head for heights) ferried the summer boxes from upstairs, and winter boxes back up; and with Jer (doesn't need a ladder to get high) fulfilling a sweeper role and moving boxes to and from the high cupboards without a ladder.
We did all this in no time, so for a secondary task we sorted the contents of individual boxes, which were boxed by age range (3-6 months, 6-12 months etc) into separate winter and summer stock.
9 runners took a gentle jog along the river to pick up litter and keep Bath's green spaces clean.
Starting at the lock where the canal meets the river, the group made their way along towards Green Park, picking up bottle caps and cigarette butts galore. We obviously have some seasoned professionals who came equipped with their own pickers!
Filling three bags of rubbish, the group made a top effort at cleaning up our local environment.
This task takes place indoors.
Nest is a charity whose aim is to provide clothing and equipment for children aged 0-5 completely free of charge.
This is an essential task for Nest as they are running an essential service and need to move winter stock so that we have enough space for summer stock to give to our clients.
We will be taking a gentle run along the canal starting at the Widcombe end and litter picking on route. If it's too clean (we can only hope!) we will make our way along the river.
Please bring your own gloves or a litter picker if you have one.
Meeting on the grassy area at the start of the canal path behind the Travelodge (where the canal meets the river). What3words - early.start.rents
7 runners turned out at the Life Project at Monksdale Road Allotments to help reclaim some land lost to nature.
The Life Project has been given a new area of allotment to tend to and we were tasked with getting rid of the overgrown grass and weeds and turning over the soil so that the area could be used for planting.
We started off all digging over the same area but were soon wary of a fork-toe collision and so split into teams with Meyrick, Max, Mark and Sam tackling the main area, and Emily and Rachel clearing a small area near a stream at the edge of the site. Ruth was on a mission to scrape paint from some raised planters to prep them ready for painting.
Due to some much needed rain since our last visit, it was much easier to dig over the soil and we made speedy work of it, so our host found another area for the 3 M's and Sam to work on, whilst Rachel and Emily moved to the planters to assist Ruth.
The space is a fantastic resource for the Life Project and is teeming with wildlife - some very happy robins enjoyed the worms and grubs we were digging up and we even had an encounter with some slow worms!
We hope that the visitors to the Life Project can enjoy the new spaces we have created and look forward to going back soon.