Join us for this lovely post-parkrun task:
A big patch of weeds at the bottom of the entrance ramp needs to be cleared to keep the garden looking tidy.
The forecast suggests that there’s a fair chance of brunch for those who fancy finding a cafe after the task 🥞🍳☕️
We all arrived by bike. A small group of 5 but we managed to complete a lot through splitting up by bike. It was a walm welcome for Emma on her first mission and a congratulations to Michal for reaching 100 good deads this week.
This time we are going to check out the south side of New Earswick.
The task will involve plotting of benches, where they are, what condition they are in and whether they are Age Friendly (had back and arms etc).
You can do it on foot, or bike.
Carl will provide maps, clipboards and pens and all we need is YOU!
what3words location: ///wiring.lands.about
Nick is a now a pretty committed GoodGym runner. They've just run to do good for the fifth time
It waa finally time for our very delayed bonfire night task at Chapmans Pond, hurrah!
There were several jobs which needed doing, but first up, Pete and Nick J baggsied going in the boat to collect debris from the other side of the pond.
The rest of us started by hauling out heavy, stinky bags of water lillies and reeds and relocating them to different pondy areas.
Laura was chief banksman and has the important job of keeping eyes on the boat and ensuring nobody fell in the pond whilst extracting heavy bags.
Other jobs included moving some big logs, piling up dead wood ready for chipping, raking up debris from the near shore and helping Pete and Nick every time they came back will a boat full of branches and rubbish.
We found gin, and cucumber! No tinic though..
Finding ourselves ahead of schedule, we started (and finished) a bonus task to top up the forest trail with fresh woodchip, using the boat cover as a tarp to add capacity to our two wheelbarrows.
Lastly we cheered Leanne and Katie as they kicked off the 24 hour Santa Relay (after removing their wellies) whilst the rest of us hung around for baked potatoes and mince pies!
Pun Credit - Katie Fairless
Nick is part of a crowd that's making a huge noise. Nick has been cheered by 25 people - that's a round of applause just on their own. We hope they keep it up.
We'd been asked by the Council to help with clearing leaves from the essential areas in various parks to make them safe for users, so 10 intrepid GoodGymmers found their way through the fog to assemble for the last of our forays into West Bank Park.
Mitch and Rich immediately grabbed the leaf blowers, and the rest of us got the rakes, brushes and giant clappy leaf hands (my personal favourite) and set to it - focussing on finishing off the play area started by the previous day's team.
A few little subgroups started gathering large piles of leaves at well-spaced intervals, which the leaf-handers then heaped into two large sacks for dragging to the compost heaps. The blowers focused on fully clearing the paths and only occasionally blew leaves at us. We made quick work of the already heavy wet leaves and soon only the area by the zipwire was left to clear. Suddenly there was a delighted squeal, with possibly a hint of panic, as Mitch came careening past on the zipwire, leaf blower still attached. One way of getting closer to the leaf action I guess!
After a quick distanced photo there was just time for a quick spin in the world's best/most sick-making play equipment (depending on your preferences) before we all dizzily disappeared back into the fog, mission accomplished.
Thanks to Mitch for the pun, and Leanne for the daylight before photo.
We have been asked by the City of York Council to help with clearing leaves from the essential areas within the West Bank Park, to make it safe for its users.
This is the last session at the West Bank Park... for now. We will be clearing leaves from the paths across the park.
Leaf clearing from paths and play areas within York's parks is considered as essential task by the City of York Council. The Council undertakes leaf clearing during autumn months, but hasn't got the capacity to do it all, hence they involve volunteer leaf clearers and called us for help. Not cleared on time leaves start to rot and turn into a wet mass that when frozen creates slip hazards. By helping to clear leaves now we will be making York's parks a safer place for their users.
The task area will be appropriately marked to inform passers-by that volunteers are working here to keep the park safe.
The task is organised for a small group of 8 runners and there will be sufficient space for runners to be working at least 2m apart.
Bring your head torch as it will be dark.
Meet by the James Backhouse Place park gate.
Please note that this community mission has been cancelled.
We're back at West Bank Park to wrestle with more of those pesky leaves. Noone told the trees they could stop dropping them after the last time we cleared them up.
We'll be meeting the lovely Kristina and are tasked to leaf blow / rake leaves into the leaf bays that I believe we are cunningly emptying in a previous session... plus any other jobs that may come up before then.
Please bring gloves and headtorches as usual :o)
This very exciting mission involves three B's: boat, bonfire and baked potatoes.
It involves a lot of other stuff too, there'll be all sorts of tasks happening and and we'll spend a couple of hours getting through the job lost before enjoying a baked potato from the bonfire.
If you'd like to partake in the baked potato, please bring your own cutlery, the food prep will be done in a COVID safe way.