8 GG Yorkies met in the park to commence part 2 of the great digventure.
Before we got to work, we welcomed Liz to her first task - give her a big cheer! 📣 The task itself was to continue digging roots out from a previously nettled verge of the picnic area to prepare it for some pollinating wild flowers.
There was some initial reluctance to use any of the many mattocks we'd been provided with and most opted for spades and forks. However, those brave enough to give them a try were soon mattock converts.
Where the previous group had opted for quantity over quality, this time we were encouraged to dig deeper to get as many of the roots (and butter knives) out of the ground as we could.
In the space of an hour, we made great progress and were ready to hand the land over to another group of GG Yorkies who are booked to finish the task later in the week.
COVID stalled our garden planting, and in the interim the beds that were cleared have become full of weeds. These have been sprayed off, and the beds now need clearing completely, by digging over, the weeds/plants in situ removing so we can plant some, and cover others with weed control fabric.
Friends of West Bank Park asked for our expert help with putting up some fence posts. Having completed similar project at a local school recently we definitely have the know-how for this task. We may be asked to help with some gardening tasks too.
Stu, the lead volunteer gardener will meet us by the park café/library. He will be around to explain the task, get tools etc.
Please bring your gardening gloves.
Kristina asked us to come back and continue digging up the weeds and grass clumps around the picnic area to make space for wildflower seeds.
You may see a glimpse of red through the trees, as two other GG teams will be working in the park around that time.
Kristina will meet us by the tools shed at the James Backhouse Place gate.
Don’t forget your gardening gloves.
Please stay only with your group while at the task.
Eight Goodgymmers. Two tasks.
Team A (Babs, Katie and Cara) were tasked with removing the dog grille and filling up the hole it left behind with hardcore. Amongst their tools were some javelin sized crow bars for levering up the grille, tampers, shovels, a wheelbarrow and some brooms to sweep the basket ball courts if there was time.
Meanwhile, Team B ( Paul Kelly, Laura, Tom, Leanne, and Kieran - when he eventually found the way to the park) set to work on digging up roots around the picnic area to make a bed for pollinator seeds to be planted at a later date.
Are we going for quality or quantity? (Laura)
As a seasoned Goodgymmer, she should have known better - it's always quantity over quality!!
The Grillsters were quick to finish their work and took it upon themselves to edge the basketball court, as well as sweep it. They still had time to play on the confusing outdoor gym equipment, perhaps thanks to some of the Weedsters setting down their spades and forks to help move the heavy dog grille out of the way. Even so, the Weedsters certainly met their 'quantity' goal and filled up four one tonne sacks with roots and dragged them over to the compost heap on their way back to the tool shed.
With a job well done we set off into the sunset on our respective journey's home.