Area Activator at GoodGym Greenwich. I love community and getting to know all the great initiatives and people that make it what it is!
As Hornfair Park doesn't have a Friends of group, it's down to anyone who lives in the area to try and keep it free from litter.
It's been getting quite bad recently with the nicer weather so let's spend some time having a walk and a chat and filling up a few bin bags. We might inspire more people to do the same, you never know!
Rachel just completed a six month streak of doing missions. That’s so many bags of garden rubbish cleared and jobs done to help someone out and put a smile on their face. Give Rachel a cheer to encourage them to keep up the good work.
I didn't know what a pocket park was until today.
As I trundled over to East Greenwich, anxiety chimed through me. And it caused my mind to race.
One by one, my mind went through my wardrobe. My running shorts had small pockets for essential items like 2-3 Maltesers or Smarties, whilst my trousers and jeans had pouches that could fit (at a push) a whole lunch of 5 or so Kit Kats. But even in my large-pocketed dungarees, I'd only ever managed to fit a medium-sized Easter egg.
I just didn't know how we were all going to fit into this pocket park. Especially with social distancing. I stopped my running to eat a Malteser to calm my thoughts. A stranger walked past and I asked them "COULD YOU FIT 5 PEOPLE IN YOUR POCKET?" Just the thought made them anxious and they ran away.
But this is the wonderful thing about GoodGym - you learn important things. Things you would never know otherwise. For a pocket park, contrary to all linguistic common sense, isn't actually housed in a pocket. There aren't (and I did ask) any pockets there at all. It apparently means 'small'. And everyone agreed that 'small park' didn't sound that great.
Anyway, you, like me, have now had the veil of ignorance lifted. And you'll be glad that it has, for the wonderful Blackwall Pocket Park is becoming something delightfully wonderful. The indefatigable Philippa has set her eyes on three spots of underloved and forgotten roadside greenery and is bringing the community together to transform them into urban meadows and butterfly gardens. Truly awesome.
And our merry crew of 5 good-deeders played our first part in helping on this journey today. Good-deeding supremos Claire, Marta, Rachel, and Sara (and I tagged along too) got straight to 90 minutes of non-stop litter picking. The land, which sits on the approach to the Blackwall Tunnel, has become a bit of a dumping ground. It's almost, and so very sadly, as if the rubbish is bedded into the ground. Philippa told us about how she'd found a wrapper for a 'Marathon' bar the other day - which, if you're curious, went out of circulation in 1990...
Along the way, we nattered and caught up, with many of us talking about life starting to turn its corner back towards something more normal. It was a treat to spend the time together. And we wrapped up our final bin bags (about 10-12 in total) as the afternoon sun was starting on its descent towards twilight. An afternoon well spent, and hopefully one we'll be able to repeat as we lend more helping hands to this wonderful project soon.
So we can still be active, social and community spirited by doing a little plogging over the next couple of weeks of lockdown. Ideally with another member or friend. Maybe you have spotted some rubbish locally. If you need a picker let me know and I will try to drop one off to you. Send us a picture of your exploits. This a a rolling event to do before the end of the month.
Some local residents around the Greenwich Peninsular are seeking funding to create a community garden on some disused land. The area should technically be managed by TFL but isn't, so there is always masses of dumping, no bins, no plant maintenance etc. There's plenty for us to help out with clearing the area before planting can start!
This week we'll be chopping down a load of ropey plants and bagging them up to clear some space.
The closest address is the Vetraland Timber across the road, 145 Tunnel Ave, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 0PW. Call Rachel on 07952192005 if you struggle to find us!
Please bring some gardening gloves and be aware this is grubby work!
Rachel has done 10 good deeds. They are a trusted GoodGym runner and are now eligible to join their local TaskForce.
Lots of us had a good start to our saturdays doing some plogging in the spring sunshine.
There was plenty rubbish to be found, including ice cream wrappers and vodka on Bournemouth beach (people obviously living life more fully down south) and lots of bottle caps in Charlton...but no bottles?!
Clear up at River Gardens, riverside, & Thames beach...got carried away & did about 4 hours and met interested passerbys asking about Goodgym/volunteering. Found a cone!
Jacqui and Sally litter picked in Brixton, where there was sadly lots of rubbish - cans, bottles, food packaging and face masks.
Thank you everyone for making your places that much nicer!
GoodGym (not)parkrun will be hosted by a different GoodGym area each week during lockdown and is aiming to get everyone involved throughout 2021, get fit and active in your local community and carry forward the parkrun spirit, whilst following Covid rules of course.
GG Greenwich is picking up the baton for (not) parkrun on Saturday 3rd April! Everyone is very welcome to join!
And remember to follow all Covid rules and guidelines on your run, be safe, be socially-distanced and keep moving!
You can complete your 5K any time on Saturday and submit your time, by midnight on Saturday, using the form
A big shout out to Melanie Young @ GoodGym Bristol (aka tech savvy whizz kid) for creating the results form and who will put the results together for our (not)parkrun events.
To let her know your email address and other useful information, there's a one-off registration form to complete. You can find this here.
If you'd like a photo to be included in the run report, please take a selfie and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Rachel has just done something they've never done before. Rachel has just run a mission; they've changed their running route and run to help someone who really needed their help.