No fewer than 10 GoodGym members turned up tonight, promptly at our meeting point by the changing rooms in lovely Meath Gardens.
Why were we here?
Holding a Green Flag Award, this gorgeous park is well used by the Tower Hamlets community. There are some incredible plants, flower beds and bundles of donated, young trees in this park. Newly-planted trees, in particular, need to be watered regularly when they're young in order to survive, become established, and to thrive.
Friends of Meath Gardens are a brilliant group of committed, dedicated residents who work year-round to help maintain and boost this urban oasis, but due to the warm and sunny summer we're experiencing, with a lack of rain, the park needs many pairs of hands to help water.
What did we do?
With no active water points, it's a question of distributing water all over the park with many buckets, a few wheelbarrows, a couple of trolleys with partially inflated tyres, one tap and one canal.
This is a very sociable, fun and physical task. It works the lower body, and all of the upper body, particularly back and shoulder muscles.
After a solid hour of wheeling, lifting and pouring, we were ready to call it a night.
We gathered by our favourite fallen tree for a speed-stretch of every muscle going.
Well done everyone: three weeks of heavy watering is no mean feat. A brilliant contribution to Meath Gardens. And a big shout-out to Si for tonight's terrific pun.
Until next time.
Background to the task
We have been asked to return for the third week to this much-needed task of watering the very thirsty plants in Meath Gardens.
Tunde will head up tonight’s task, which will see us transporting water from the tap and the canal to all areas of the park, to try and ensure the greenery survives this summer.
What else you need to know
We will meet by the Changing Rooms in Meath Gardens, in front of the Children’s Centre at 7pm. We will spend around an hour watering the park.
There is a secure place to leave bags and clothes.
We will enjoy a thorough, post-task stretch to get the week off to a really good start.
August is a great time to focus on a different area of your training.
With many task owners taking a short August break, we thought we'd make the most of this opportunity to get together in the park this evening, for a dedicated fitness session.
What you need to know
You need to bring a mat or towel to lie on.
We will meet in Meath Gardens, in front of the Children's Centre at 7pm.
We will enjoy a warm-up, some Pilates theory, and a full body workout incorporating the principles of Pilates into this comprehensive session.
The session will include moves that strengthen the core, the glutes and upper body, as well as plenty of flexibility work.
This session is suitable for all levels of fitness.
This class is free of charge, and open to all GoodGym members.
Please note that this group run has been cancelled.
The summer hasn't been the same without this task!
We join Joanna and Tunde this evening to water all the trees in this magnificent East London spot.
In the absence of any watering points in the park, there is only one option to help these thirsty trees: carrying and wheeling water from the canal...
What you need to know
We will meet at the Town Hall Hotel from 6:30pm to drop bags and warm-up.
We will leave the hotel by 6:45 to run the short distance to Meath Gardens.
We will arrive at the task just before 7pm. If you're meeting directly at the task, the official address is Smart St, Bethnal Green, London E2 0SN. However, we will meet by the basketball court, near the Palmers Road entrance to the park.
Please bring gloves. The main task will be watering the trees and plants in the park, but there may be some gardening tasks, including weeding, involved!