In our second big litter-pick of the month, we're joined by Natalie Bienfait of the local Green Party, who, as an experienced local litter-picker, is coming to show us where the nitrous oxide canister hot spots can be found.
Come and join us as we boost step count, squeeze in some squats and a lot of chatter on our big Monday night activity.
Nitrous oxide canisters can cause problems for cyclists, scooters and pedestrians when scattered on roads and pavements.
The canisters can also pose a threat to wildlife, once they start rusting.
Local hotpots include the area around Mile End Park, just a short run from our regular meeting point.
What the evening will involve
The task is taking place at 558 Mile End Rd, London E3 4PL, at the steps just to the left of Roosters Piri Piri 7:10pm.
This activity has changed from a Group Run to task-only. If you need to leave belongings at the Town Hall Hotel, Area Activator Laura will be at the Hotel between 6:30-6:40 for you to do this. There will be no led Group Run, but you may run independently in groups of 2-3 to the task.
7:10pm Intro from Simon and Natalie.
7:15 pm Get picking!
What you need to know
Please bring a head torch if you have one, and your own gloves.
If you have any plastic bags (Bags for Life are good for this...), please bring these.
Tonight we join Margaret for a big tidy-up of the shed area, to help her get the Centre ready for Spring activity. Tasks will include:
Clearing the sheds out
Tidying the compost area
What the evening will involve:
We meet at the Town Hall Hotel from 6:30pm to drop bags, use toilets, and catch-up.
At 6:45pm we'll leave for the short run around the block to the Kedleston Community Centre.
We'll work with Margaret, and Basil the dog, for around an hour, to help sort this area of the Community Centre.
Things you need to know
Please bring gloves and a head torch if you have either.
If you would like to meet us at the task, the address is Kedleston Community Centre, Kedleston Walk, London E2 9RP.
Dartboards, hula hoops, yoga mats…
It was quite the sporty stash Team Trash bagged tonight.
Yep, a whopping 13 runners braved a slushy, wet February night to head down to Meath Gardens to help clear a decent amount of litter...
What’s the background?
Well, post-Storms Eunice, Franklin etc, lots of rubbish and tree branches had made their way to the park’s litter hot spots (yes, canal and bridge, we’re looking at you), so Jane from the Friends of Meath Gardens team kindly headed up this task to keep us all busy and useful on this Monday night.
What we did
Divided into four teams, we spread out all over the park, from arch to canal; benches to bridge. Ivy was explored, undergrowth un-turned and we filled bin liner after bin liner. Filing cabinets, dartboards and some school text books were above the more surprising items found in the undergrowth.
The team didn’t stop, despite increasingly heavy rain, wet feet and chilly fingers. We met Jane back by the basketball court just before 8, and were rightly proud of our many well filled bin bags.
We then dispersed into final groups for the evening, depending on our onward journey, with the five Hotel runners gathering lights and heading back to our lovely warm base before heading home.
Well done everyone – there was still plenty of trash treasure to be found, despite a decent clean-up in the days after the storm, and you got the lot.
Have a good week, everyone.
Until next time.
We will meet at the Town Hall Hotel from 6:30 to drop bags and catch up.
At 6:45 we'll enjoy a decent warm-up, stretching out all those muscles that work hard whether running or sitting.
At just before 7, we'll enjoy the short run down to Meath Gardens Basketball Court (address if you're meeting at the task is Meath Gardens Smart St, Bethnal Green, London E2 0SN).
We'll be greeted by Jane, who will talk us through this very ambitious litter pick, where debris will include the contents of overturned litter bins and fallen branches! Working in groups of 2-3, we'll make our way around this large park, helping to tidy up after a tough few days weather-wise.
Aine, Joel, Sian and Simon joined Friends of Meath Gardens and volunteers from Queen Mary University to plant a whopping 400 poplar trees of 10 different varieties around the perimeter of the park.
Aine, Joel and Sian were some of the first to arrive and discussed the odd coincidence and nice feeling that we were planting trees in the park that lost three large trees in yesterdays Storm Eunice. We gathered up the tools, trees and wheelbarrows and headed across the park to start planting.
Simon dragged himself off the couch to join the fun just on time for the rain to really start pelting down. We built a solid team of 12-15 volunteers digging and planting all along the south fence.
BBC London were interested to hear about our tree planting less than 24 hours after the storm and we were joined by two journalists and a local politician. Simon even received sass from Mr BBC for talking too much while being filmed! Look out for us in the 7pm news this evening.
Friends of Meath Gardens have been in touch once again looking for Good Gym help in their ongoing work at Meath Gardens and promoting woodlands and native growth in sections of the park.
What are we doing? The group have had 400 trees donated and need helping planting them around the park.
When are we doing it? Planting kicks off at 11am on Saturday 19th February and runs until 3pm. Please feel free to come along for as long or as short as you want and you're welcome to arrive late, it will be easy spot the Good Gymers and Friends of Meath Gardens planting around the small park.
Where do we meet? At the basketball court in the north east corner of the park - E2 0SN.
What do I bring? Tunde and the gang will be providing tools - if you have gardening gloves they would be useful and remember to wear clothes you don't mind getting muddy!
Please note that this group run has been cancelled.
I'm very sorry to let you know that tonight's task has been cancelled.
This is due to exceptional circumstances, and our task owner is very apologetic.
Next week's Group Run, however, has just gone live on the website, while Task Force member Áine will be leading this Saturday's event joining the tree-planting at Meath Gardens. I do hope you can make one - or both- of these events.
No time to waste
We left our lovely Town Hall Hotel sharpish this evening, as we knew it was going to be a task-and-a-half.
We warmed up quickly on the hotel steps, with mucho multi-tasking: head-counting, planning, light-allocating, stretching and mobilising all in one quick hit.
With Chris leading the run, we headed along Roman Road's bustling back streets to meet the rest of our crew, and the fantastic Friends of Meath Gardens, at the basketball court in beautiful Meath Gardens.
Teams were divided into two to start with: the Cemetery Park Squad and Team Woodchip (but there was later a woodchip sub-squad). Tyres were pumped, trolleys revved and the team were off to the Cemetery Park.
What were they doing?
Well, remaining logs needed collecting from the Cemetery Park who had kindly donated these to the Meath Gardens newly created protected-tree areas. Transport this evening was eventually by Zip van, but...the logs needed piling into the van and unloading. So our runners jogged the mile-long route down the canal with wheelbarrows and trolleys and met the Meath team at the Cemetery!
Meanwhile, the woodchip squad divided into teams of shovelling, wheeling and spreading. It was already hard work but then those bright sparks at the Mulch Mound decided to set an additional challenge of timing each wheelbarrow-run across to the rakers. Joy. "Go, Nina! 1:18 - we reckon that's a PB!" Gruelling!
The time flew: a lot was achieved and the Meath team were happy, as were we, at a fine evening's work.
And the round of applause...
Shout-outs to the whole fantastic crew this evening, especially Chris for leading the run; Áine for some cracking pics of the Cemetery Squad; Áine, Stephen, Simon and Chris for the Cemetery route planning and run-leading... And to Rob, for tonight's pun, the most sophisticated we've seen for a while.
And welcome to Jess, who joined us for her first Group Run. Hope to see you very soon, Jess!
We'll be returning to Meath soon to join a weekend tree-planting effort, and for a Monday Night Mulch Return.
Meanwhile next week, we're back to Kedlestone Community Centre as we join Margaret (and the tin of Heroes) for more gardening, glasshouse and Centre fun.