Five GoodGymers came out on a gloomy, but light Saturday morning to assist Luigia with some spring bulb planting at our first Galleywall Nature Reserve community mission of 2022!
Luigia had bags and bags of tulips and daffodils to be planted as well as a few snowdrops and Jerusalem artichokes.
The main aim was to get these bulbs into the ground as they were starting to shoot after a mild (and still quite mild) winter. Luigia had strategically thought this out as Emma, Emma and Lucia teamed up to plant yellow daffodils near the entrance, Rianna had white daffodils and snowdrops to plant near the seating area for the scouts and school kids whilst Sam planted a mixture of tulips near the beehive box as Luigia created a new woodchip path to get there.
It only took an hour to plant over 250 bulbs (i reckon), but still having an army of volunteers, Luigia got us to turn the compost and start pruning the trees.
It was great to be back at Galleywall Nature Reserve and catch up with all those who I haven't seen yet.
We're delighted to be able to help our friends at the Marsha Phoenix Trust again. This week we will continue the good work started in the garden on previous tasks.
- Make your own way to the task, at 90-92 Tressillian Road (a big house set slightly back from the road, with a bright red front door)
- Take direction from Sue, who will be leading volunteers through the session
- Please observe social distancing and wear a mask as you pass through the building
- Do not share tools
- Feel free to ask for a less physically heavy task if you would prefer something else, there's plenty to do, with something for everyone!
Galleywall has asked for our first assistance of 2022 to help plant Spring bulbs in their Nature Reserve, so that they can blossom in Spring!
The "Where, When and What":
📍 Meet at Galleywall Nature Reserve near South Bermondsey Station at 10:00.
⌚ 10:00 - 12:00
🏃🏃♀️ Since this is a community mission, we'll meet at the destination, but GoodGym encourages you to cycle, run or walk to these community missions.
Advisable: Bring a gardening gloves 🧤 for the task(s).
It would be great to see as many red t-shirts as possible along the route and in the finish area to spread the word about all the good we are doing in the borough.
There's plenty of options to choose from, including marshals, barcode scanners, finish tokens and tail walker. See what's available on the volunteering page and don't forget to sign up here
Don't forget about the post-Parkrun coffee at the cafe in the park!
Molly (my dog) will also be in attendance in her GoodGym bandana
Come along , as we head out into Lewisham to do good! Bring a head-torch if you have one and wrap up warm! This is one of our favourite winter tasks! It's so much fun searching for and then running with discarded Christmas trees! Bring gardening gloves if you have some, the trees can be spiky!
If you are new to all this, don't be shy and don't be worried about feeling left out, we try to make everyone feel very welcome. If you are using the changing rooms and lockers at Glass Mill, make sure you bring a returnable £1 coin.
Our first group run of 2022 was taking us up and over the hills to Seniors to take down the Christmas decorations that we put up at the end of November. We were worried this indoor task wouldn't be able to go ahead and Seniors would have their Christmas decorations up until next year but armed with masks and a lot of space at Seniors we were good to go.
We left Glass Mill promptly as my New Years resolution was to get to and from Seniors on time and headed up and over the hills. We focused on using our arms up the hills whilst a group did a slightly longer route to get halfway up the hill - fantastic work everyone. We arrived at Seniors ready and raring to go.
We had less decorations to take down than expected but first we had to find all the boxes in the basement, we formed a human chain to bring them all up but then realised there weren't as many as we expected and a missing Christmas tree box. Fear not, we like a challenge and tied the tree together with string - fingers crossed we have no problems putting it up again next year!
Before we knew it, all the decorations had been taken off the trees and put back in boxes and it was time for the human chain to reform and get all the boxes safely stored in the basement.
After saying our goodbyes and arranging a group run in the garden for March, we headed back up the biggest hill to admire the views out to Canary Wharf. A welcomed downhill all the way to Glass Mill and we arrived back with time to spare.
Join us next week for our 6th birthday group run. We're heading out to collect as many abandoned Christmas trees as possible. Our record is 40+ Christmas trees collected on one group run.
Welcome to GoodGym Lewisham!
We're a friendly and social group who combine exercise with helping out in the local community. We meet every Monday evening to get active and do a physical task to help the charities and community organisations in our area.
This week is our first group run of 2022! Are you feeling full of energy and enthusiasm after the Christmas break? We will run over to Seniors to take down the decorations we put up in November. Expect a slightly longer run, of around 8km, an indoor task and a sociable session.
GoodGym is for everyone. We welcome runners of all abilities and it is sometimes possible to walk to the task if you would prefer. We always have a back-marker so no-one is left behind - we're about achieving something together, so you'll always be welcome no matter what your pace is.
We meet at Glass Mill Leisure Centre at 6.45pm, so a short walk from Lewisham Station. We have access to lockers and changing facilities, so you could easily drop in on your way home (bring a pound coin or padlock if you want to use the lockers). Look out for the red t-shirts, we're very friendly! Every so often we head out after our run for some food and drink, a chance to get to know each other a bit better.
See you soon!