Nina Jhatakia

Tower Hamlets

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Gardening in Cranbook Community Food Garden and tree-watering on Roman Road: with pre-and-post task workouts!

Mon 8 Aug 18:45 pm
Cranbrook Community Centre, Mace Street, London, E2 0RB
We'll be helping Janet and Eileen catch up on some gardening tonight, as well as heading to Roman Road.

We're back for an August visit to Cranbrook Community Centre to help Janet and Eileen tidy up the garden, and clear the area around the garages.

If there are enough of us, we will also head to Roman Road, to water some of the young trees who are a little thirsty...

What you need to know

  • We will be meeting outside the Cranbrook Community Centre at 6:45pm for a pre-task workout on the grass.

  • The task will start at 7pm, and run until 7:50pm.

  • At 7:50pm, we will head back to the grassy mound outside the Centre, for a relaxing, full body stretch, to get the week off to a great start.

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It never rains but we pour

Mon 1 Aug
Report written by Laura Williams

No fewer than 10 GoodGym members turned up tonight, promptly at our meeting point by the changing rooms in lovely Meath Gardens.

Why were we here?

Holding a Green Flag Award, this gorgeous park is well used by the Tower Hamlets community. There are some incredible plants, flower beds and bundles of donated, young trees in this park. Newly-planted trees, in particular, need to be watered regularly when they're young in order to survive, become established, and to thrive.

Friends of Meath Gardens are a brilliant group of committed, dedicated residents who work year-round to help maintain and boost this urban oasis, but due to the warm and sunny summer we're experiencing, with a lack of rain, the park needs many pairs of hands to help water.

What did we do?

With no active water points, it's a question of distributing water all over the park with many buckets, a few wheelbarrows, a couple of trolleys with partially inflated tyres, one tap and one canal.

This is a very sociable, fun and physical task. It works the lower body, and all of the upper body, particularly back and shoulder muscles.

After a solid hour of wheeling, lifting and pouring, we were ready to call it a night.

We gathered by our favourite fallen tree for a speed-stretch of every muscle going.

Well done everyone: three weeks of heavy watering is no mean feat. A brilliant contribution to Meath Gardens. And a big shout-out to Si​ for tonight's terrific pun.

Until next time.

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The Big Monday Night Task: Watering Meath Gardens

Mon 1 Aug 19:00 pm
Meath Gardens, 1 Smart St, London , E2 0SN
We have been asked to return to the gardens, to help water this popular green space.

Background to the task

We have been asked to return for the third week to this much-needed task of watering the very thirsty plants in Meath Gardens.

Tunde will head up tonight’s task, which will see us transporting water from the tap and the canal to all areas of the park, to try and ensure the greenery survives this summer.

What else you need to know

  • We will meet by the Changing Rooms in Meath Gardens, in front of the Children’s Centre at 7pm. We will spend around an hour watering the park.

  • There is a secure place to leave bags and clothes.

  • We will enjoy a thorough, post-task stretch to get the week off to a really good start.

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MONDAY NIGHT GROUP RUN: Return to the Meath Gardens Watering Task Part II (plus post-task stretch)

Mon 25 Jul 18:30 pm
Town Hall Hotel - Hotel Entrance, Patriot Square, London, E2 9NF
It's back! The Meath Gardens Watering Task returns...

Please bring to this task:

  • Gloves.

  • A bucket, if you have one.

  • A tyre repair kit or trolley-tyre know-how (on the first part of this task last Wednesday, we were unable to use the trolleys to wheel buckets around as they have flat tyres and punctures, so any GoodGymer with tyre knowledge will be hugely appreciated...).

Background to the task

The summer hasn't been the same without this task!

We join Jane again this evening to water all the trees in this magnificent East London spot.

In the absence of any watering points in the park, there is only one option to help these thirsty trees: carrying and wheeling water from tap by the changing rooms...

What else you need to know

  • We will meet at the Town Hall Hotel from 6:30pm to drop bags and warm-up.

  • We will leave the hotel by 6:45 to run the short distance to Meath Gardens.

  • We will arrive at the task just before 7pm. If you're meeting directly at the task, the official address is Smart St, Bethnal Green, London E2 0SN. However, we will meet by the basketball court, near the Palmers Road entrance to the park.

  • Although the main task will be watering the trees and plants in the park, there may be some litter-picking involved tonight too, hence the reason we ask you to bring gloves.

  • We will enjoy a thorough, post-task stretch to get the week off to a really good start.

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Can You Wheel the Love Tonight

Mon 25 Jul
Report written by Laura Williams

What a turnout for tonight's run!

We started as a small sign-up of 6 earlier in the day, yet by 7:10pm there were 13 of us gathered by the shipping container in Meath Gardens awaiting our instructions from task owner Jane.

And tonight we had no fewer than 4 GoodGymers new to GG Tower Hamlets! Yes, we were joined by Grace, Rahul, Joel and Megan, who helped formed strong teams headed out all over this large green area.

We wasted no time in heading to every corner of the park, the centre of the park, and the multiple flower borders. Some waited by the tap to fill buckets and vessels; others headed to the canal to try their luck by the water's edge. This, folks, make no mistake, is a workout-and-a-half. Walking, wheeling, lifting, pouring...Aaand...repeat. Lots of times.

It was a very sociable, very useful task. The greenery in Meath Gardens is struggling. Despite the valiant efforts of residents, park-users and a phenomenal community group, young trees, fruit trees, flowers and even grass all look a little sad.

It was well after 8 before we locked up and gathered by the mystical tree (will explain another time) for a stretch. Focusing on a bit of upper body flexibility felt like a fitting end to a thoroughly great evening.

We headed our separate ways: some straight home; some via the Hotel to collect our belongings. Well done everyone. Great work.

Until next time.

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A wheely good effort

Mon 11 Jul
Report written by Laura Williams

It was a nice-sized team who came together to help the Parkview Planting Team tonight.

A toasty 28 degrees didn’t deter team members from gathering for a run, cycling and walking their way to this enjoyable task.

We were joined for the warm-up and run/cycle to the task by our Chi, who we haven’t seen for ages, and whose presence is always a wonderful surprise and addition.

What were we doing and why?

The Parkview TRA is an active, committed small group of volunteers who help keep this large estate running smoothly. Committed to supporting the environment, maintaining a healthy green space for all residents and caring for the gardens of those residents unable to tend to them themselves, they can always use a hand from a productive, energetic group of GoodGymers.

And so to the briefing…

Gathering in the Community Garden at 7pm, Catherine and Liam instructed different teams to different tasks, along with new task owner, Seb.

Teams spread out all over the estate, wheeling multiple full buckets and watering cans to young trees who don’t appreciate the absence of rain as much as we do.

Runners also popped a few plants into the ground on their way round, and a dedicated team remained in the garden to plant dozens of new baby plants for the resident plant giveaway! It was here we learned from Sara that baby plants can appreciate a little light massage, along with the correct technique!

As always, the time flew by and it was soon 8pm and we were returning barrows and buckets to the Community garden; hosing down trestle tables and figuring out the best location for our final pic.

Fantastic work, everyone!

Shout-outs from tonight’s task

  • To Kellie, who recently joined our Task Force, and will be joining us in future Group Runs to learn the ropes.

  • To Chris and Sam who led the running group back to base post-task.

  • To Sam, who joined us again from Southwark, and who reminded us that we will be playing a seasonal game of rounders again this Saturday, from 4pm in Victoria Park.

And next week…

…we return to the Meath Gardens watering task.

Until then.

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MONDAY NIGHT GROUP RUN: Urgent tree-watering at Parkview

Mon 11 Jul 18:30 pm
Town Hall Hotel - Hotel Entrance, Patriot Square, London, E2 9NF
We're back to this large estate's gardens, to help water trees and catch up on a bit of weeding.

Background to the task

The Parkview Estate is a large Estate managed by Tower Hamlets Homes, situated on the edge of Victoria Park between Old Ford Road and Sewardstone Road. It has a hardworking TRA, and longstanding, committed residents all playing their part in helping to keep the Estate beautifully maintained for the many residents, some of whom are unable to tend to their own gardens and balconies.

We have enjoyed many tasks with Catherine Powell and son Liam, who has brightened up many a GoodGymer's day on previous occasions, and vice versa. Catherine and Liam will also be joined by Seb, this evening, a new addition to the Parkview gardening team of task owners!

Tonight we enjoy a big tree-watering session, to keep the trees alive over dry, warm summer months, as well as looking after the raspberry row, and enjoying a bit of weeding.

What you need to know

  • We will meet at the Town Hall Hotel to drop bags and warm up at 6:30pm.

  • We leave for the short run to the Estate at 6:45pm.

  • We will meet Catherine and Liam outside the Community Garden, which is situated just by Mark House, off Sewardstone Road next to the Glasshouse Community Centre, at 6:50pm. (Closest address is Mark House, Sewardstone Rd, Bethnal Green, London E2 9QA).

  • We will spend an hour gardening and planting in small teams.

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Raiders of the Lost Park

Mon 27 Jun
Report written by Laura Williams

Sunny, warm and picturesque: that's how we like our tasks in Tower Hamlets.

And so it was a group of 9 came to meet Marcelo from the Parks team this balmy Monday evening.

Some of us met at the Town Hall Hotel steps, glad to be free of makeshift home work stations for the day, armed with the perfect excuse to head out. Others met us at the task, at the north east corner of huge, bustling, beautiful Victoria Park, on bike and foot.

Trash treasure

There Marcelo met us, complete with gloves galore; sturdy bin bags and bin bag hoops, the ultimate volunteering accessory (the bin bag hoop enables you to bag your trash treasure with infinitely more ease, much-appreciated when tackling dubious-looking damp items, and weighty vodka bottles).

We were dispatched all over this hidden woodland area, close to the Park's yard, which Marcelo explained didn't get a lot of visitors. We discussed the future of this area, which, although a bit of a litter hotspot, is also a sanctuary to much wildlife, with bundles of potential.

As always it was a companionable, active way to start the week. After navigating uneven, rocky, dense terrain for nearly an hour, we grabbed our litter bags and accompanied Marcelo to the commercial bin.

Piling the trash high, we posed for our final pics, promising to return soon for Woodland TLC Part II.

Next week,

...we're back at the Cemetery Park, to continue clearing those woodland paths.

Until then.

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MONDAY NIGHT GROUP RUN: The Victoria Park litter-pick

Mon 27 Jun 18:30 pm
Town Hall Hotel, 8 Patriot Square, , London, E2 9NF
We return to the park for some woodland litter-picking...

PLEASE WEAR LONG SLEEVES AND TROUSERS FOR THIS TASK, AND WEAR STURDY FOOTWEAR.

Come and join the team as we head to Vicky Park on a Monday night, to tackle a tricky litter task...

Background to the task

We've offered to lend a hand to the Parks team with some litter hotspots, particularly those found in the woodland areas. Although the Park now have a good stream of volunteers, an extra few pairs of GoodGym hands, able to tackle dense undergrowth, and sturdy vegetation around the woodland borders, will be much appreciated this Monday night, at the Park's busiest time of year.

What you need to know

  • To join the Group Run, meet at the Town Hall Hotel between 6:30-6:40. At 6:40, we will leave for the pretty run up Sewardstone Road, right across the park, to the Victoria Park Road side (around 2.3km), where we will meet Marcelo, for tonight's task.

  • If you would like to meet us at the task, please come to E9 5DU, near the Victoria Park Harriers Club. The Google Maps location can be found here.

  • Please wear long sleeves, trousers and sturdy shoes for this task, as we will be working around tall vegetation on uneven terrain.

  • Please bring gloves if you have them.

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MONDAY NIGHT GROUP RUN: Hollybush Estate's 'Big Bundle of Weed-Clearing' + woodchip clearing (new addition)

Mon 23 May 18:30 pm
Town Hall Hotel - Hotel Entrance, Patriot Square, London, E2 9NF
We've been asked to help out with a whole lot of weeding...

It's summer, it's warm, it's light, which can only mean one thing: weeds.

Margaret from the Teesdale & Hollybush Tenants and Residents Association (and 'instigator of one of the largest community allotment projects in east London') has called to ask for a hand with a huge number of weeds in and around the Community Centre.

Please note: this activity has been amended, to include large moving of woodchip, too.

Come and join the team as we enjoy a short run from our lovely hotel base to meet Margaret and Basil the dog for a gardening bonanza.

What you need to know

  • We will meet at the hotel for a short warm-up between 6:30-6:45. You can leave any belongings securely here too.

  • At 6:45 we'll make our way to the task just around the corner to start our evening's activity. If you're meeting us at the task, the address is Kedlestone Walk Community Centre, Hollybush Gardens, E2 9RP.

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