"The race is long and, in the end, it's only with yourself"
Maybe next year we’ll be back at Meersbrook Park - based at the GG Sheff gazebo and running the very hilly 1k loop.
But this year it’s virtual again - midday from 19 to 20 June.
We’re aiming to cover the full 24 hours. Last year we ran 742k!
Sign up on the GG website to show you’re joining and click on the link for the spreadsheet to show what hour(s) you’re running.
5th session at Dore vaccination centre. Thankfully mostly under cover as it was raining cats and dogs (and at least I started dry since the morning's gardening mission was cancelled). I was meeting and greeting as customers arrived, asking the Covid questions and handing out information cards. Lots of pregnant ladies coming today and a decidedly younger demographic towards the end of the day as the surgery called people to use up the day's supply.
Parkwood Forest Garden is a beautiful calm space and a productive permaculture project. It is a young forest garden developed by Sheffield City Council in association with volunteers. The Forest Garden is a productive managed woodland, which produces food for both people and wildlife. We have been volunteering regularly at this great location since Feb 2019, our maintenance activities generally include: weeding, mulching and pruning.
Meet at Parkwood Springs Forest Garden car park (09.50am) (opposite flats 104-138), Shirecliffe Road, S5 8XB and walk over to the garden for 10.00am. Please note: There is no GG taskforce member leading this event - Volunteer Lovely Louise Friends of Parkwood Springs will be meeting GG volunteers in the carpark.
Friends of Parkwood Springs are following council COVID guidance. All tools and appropriate training are provided, tool cleaning materials provided, activities will be planned to avoid sharing tools and ensure social distancing.
Please bring you own gloves, wear sturdy shoes and warm clothes if the weather is a bit grey, and come and join in.
Heeley People's Park has missed its regular volunteer groups that usually help out in the park so it was great to be back to lend a hand. Goodgym have worked all over the park and shifted a lot of wood chip in all weathers over the years so coming back to see the park in full blossom was lovely.
Covid meant that only a small number of staff were left to manage the park without all the extra help they normally have so it's great that is building up again. We were very grateful to have a task to do and to be able to see each other in such numbers! Socially distanced of course!
We worked in two groups to cut back undergrowth that needed a trim. Some was growing over paths, some was strangling fruit trees and some just needed a bit of a haircut after lockdown.
Plant ID apps were used to identify trees which led to debate about what trees smell of and whether we all had much experience of the scent. Coronavirus testing came about with someone wondering if it was only them that could not smell the jasmine but the real debate was about what linden trees smell of. It seems various rumours and half facts were circulating realising we all need to go home and do some DIY research.
We said goodbye to Bev who is leaving for another volunteer coordinator role in another organisation. Thank you Bev!
Still split into two groups we went to the Brothers Arms where we realised we had forgotten how to socialise. On our table at least, the conversation was pretty dire at times with us realising how nothing much had been happening with months of lockdown. Even apparent interesting 'gossip' fell on its face but we were glad to be together and we'll improve our social skills for next time. Apparently someone other people don't know, called 'Ben' has slightly longer hair and more beard. It did get that bad.
No fish and chip shops are open in Sheffield on a Monday but we'll start building a directory of where is good to eat for post mission snacks. Italian on Chesterfield Road was open and was very good.
Lovely to catch up and look forward to more regular tasks and hopefully runs soon... :)
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Group 1 of 2: Trimming of hedge to stop it overhanging the path using secateurs. Tidy up clipping and bag up for easy removal.
Tools will be wiped down before use and to remain with the Goodgymer for the session (no sharing of tools).
Things to bring: *Suitable clothing and shoes *Your own gardening / work gloves.
Note: Plan is to have to separate Goodgym groups of 6 people working at a safe distance from each other. If we don't quite get the full 12 we may split the group in two on the day to have equal numbers in each group.
Having recently found out they are losing government cultural funding and finding out that a small print of Covid guidelines meant they won't be able to host weddings they had booked in the next few weeks, Abbeydale Picture House's financial situation is looking worrying. Plans are now in place to open a beer garden in the car park from next weekend to hopefully bring in some much needed revenue. That's where GoodGym comes in.
First job was digging weeds from planters and adding some fresh plants. Then we set to cutting back overgrowth and picking litter. Tom even climbed a tree to retrieve some packaging caught in the branches to cheers of "not all heroes wear capes"!
Over the next week, the potholes will be filled, marquee, tables and lighting brought in. I can't wait to see what it looks like and hope it does good business. I feel a charitable visit from a group of Goodgymmers coming...
Back at Dore Covid vaccination hub for a the 4th time this decidedly wintery morning. I was on traffic management. A last minute change of policy meant everyone who drove themselves and was able to walk was asked to park offsite as they are now advised to wait in the car for 15 minutes before driving. However a longer wait than usual meant the queue took over the car park and extra help managing it was welcomed.
With over a year of COVID restrictions and now funding falling through, Abbeydale Picture House are in real financial struggles. To help keep afloat, they plan to transform the car park into an outdoor beer garden.
This is where GoodGym comes in, to give it a good spruce up to make this possible. It'll mainly be 'gardening' duties - trimming back ivy/buddleia, repainting planters, and planting some fresh flowers and plants into freshly painted planters.
There's loads of space to socially distance and enough tools and equipment for everyone to have their own. Please bring your own gloves and clothes you don't mind getting mucky.
After the overcrowding in our local parks brought by the good weather and the deluge of photos showing the awful litter left on Wednesday (7 tonnes at Endcliffe Park alone), we feared the situation would be just as bad Thursday morning and set out to help clean up.
A coordinated very early morning effort from council and volunteers meant Endcliffe was virtually clear by 9am, so George went to her local rec and cleared a bag. Michelle filled 2 black bags from her local Mount Pleasant park before work. Celine and I joined clean up crew at Crookes Valley Park, filling 7 black bags between us, even employing some advanced litter picking techniques to fish what we could out of the lake.
This mini heatwave has brought out the usual dirty beggars leaving our parks in a disgusting state. Lots of clean up efforts going on today, but will be just as bad tomorrow.
Bring your own gloves/picker. Hoping to get a group to help tackle maybe CVP or Endcliffe, but if you can only spare a short time in your local park, it all helps 👍