On a beautiful sunny Saturday morning, 3 Goodgym volunteers met in a secret walled garden on the outskirts of Bath.
We arrived with gardening gloves and were ready for action. When you think of gardening you don't think of cardboard boxes. But that is exactly the kind of gardening we did here at the secret walled garden.
We began by stripping boxes of any plastic and then we laid them flat on the ground. The cardboard helps to block any light to the ground and therefore helps to prevent the weeds from growing.
Our next task was to shovel lots of mulch into wheelbarrows and then place it on top of the cardboard. Together with the carboard it will begin to decompose and will eventually make great soil.
We then moved piles of branches to the corner of the garden and finished with weeding in a small area of the garden ready for planting.
2 hours passed very quickly and before we knew it, our tasks were complete. Time for fish and chips for Maryam at the lovely Robbies Place, a beautiful run for Doris back along the canal and Helen walked back home. Great work team, well done!
On a Sunday sunny morning, 5 Goodgymers walked, cycled and ran to the Batheaston scout hut.
Helen collected a key from the Task Owner's house, and then met the team at the hut.
We wore our masks and entered the building. The paint, ladders and brushes were laid on the floor in anticipation.
Cosmo made a start in the hallway.
We had just two hours to do two long walls and the hallway. We painted to the sound of Kiss history playing on Helen's phone.
Two hours had finished and we had completed the main hall and almost all the hallway. We ran into overtime but the team stayed on to clean up the brushes and ensure all paint splatters were cleaned up.
A job well done. Before and after pictures are shown.
Helping the volunteers garden at the beautiful secret garden by the riverside in Batheaston.
Please bring your own gloves
Inside the scout hut the following painting is required:
- Two walls
All paint brushes, paint and step ladders will be provided. Please bring your masks
Maryam is a now a fully fledged GoodGym runner. They've just run to do good for the first time. They are out there making amazing things happen and getting fit at the same time.
Maryam completed a community mission. Instead of watching TV or lying in bed, Maryam was out there making their community a better place to be. For making that choice they have earned the community cape.
We made our way down the canal path to the community orchard at Dry Arch growers in Bathampton to help their team with the autumn harvest.
We were really pleased to welcome Maryam along to her first GoodGym run. It was really good to have you join us and we hope you will return again to help us out!
There were several tasks to do on this crisp autumnal day. First we had to pick the bramley apples from the big tree by the entrance. The apples on lower branches were fine and we managed to do those quite quickly - the challenge came with the branches above! The tree is about 20m high so we had to use the extended apple pickers to carefully pluck them from the branches.
After we had picked the apples we washed them, pulped them and then pressed them. The apples we pressed will be mixed with a slightly sweeter variety to make cider! The cider is 'made' by allowing the juice of the apples to ferment and just sit there in the barrels for a few months. We must have been about 50 litres while we were there and the team were going long after we left them.
At the end of session we took the leftover apple pulp to feed to the chickens that live there. They enjoyed their sweet treat and ate right of our hands!
It was a very mindful morning and we all felt invigorated afterwards. Keep an eye out for more tasks at Dry Arch in the coming months!
We have been asked to help take care of the quaker burial ground in Widcombe. The garden has become quite overrun and the team of volunteers need our help to reclaim it!
The Widcombe Burial Ground is a beautiful, tranquil garden. Burials no longer take place but it is used for the scattering of ashes and for occasional gatherings and meetings. Members and attenders of our meeting are remembered when their names are added to the Memorial tablets.
The Quaker burial ground is next to Bewdley House in Clarendon Road, off Widcombe Hill, Bath BA2 4NJ.
Important: Please bring your own gloves and water.
Any questions please email Susan email@example.com.
We have been asked to help some volunteers at Dry Arch Growers with their seasonal apple picking and pressing. This will be a really fun outdoor task. The perfect way to get some fresh air and help the community-led orchard at the same time!
Logistics + important information
- Meet at Dry Arch (instructions on their website) at 1030
- Please bring your own gloves
- Please bring your own water bottle