The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country have a really exciting project at EcoPark, Small Heath. The site has funding through the National Lottery Reaching communities fund for a new building, site development, education and events.
Excitingly the building is due to start in September
They would appreciate your help clearing the building area of wood and other items to a skip. This work will be physical.
If you can't do the full 3 hours don't worry please sign up and do what you can :)
Please bring appropriate, gloves if possible and footwear.
S is a now a pretty committed GoodGym runner. They've just run to do good for the fifth time
3 GoodGymers joined Beth from the Canal and River Trust to undertake some weeding and litter picking on our adopted stretch of canal.
Amy was already diligently undertaking a litter pick when I met her on the way to the mission and she had impressively filled up a bin liner full by the time we met Beth at the start point.
We started with a litter pick before later weeding along the canal towpath. Sofeen was an expert with the hoe, which formed the basis of the title, and he also fashionably pulled off the life jacket he was given when he was entrusted with the tasks by the water's edge.
Amy and Beth used secateurs to get rid of weeds on the bank and I undertook a mix of sweeping and used the hoe.
It was a good few hours spent in which we were able to make a noticeable difference and we look forward to heading back to the canal stretch soon.
Four goodgymers joined Beth from the Canal and River Trust to work on our adopted area of the canal near Barker Bridge. Once again, we worked on pulling weeds out of the cracks in the paving. This time around, Ben got into the thick of the overgrown brambles and tamed them with big tools and unique skills. Ryan got right into the cracks and swept away the dirt. Sofeen hacked away at the stubborn stuff and by the time the afternoon sun cast a glow over everything, the area looked fantastic. We’ll be back to Litterpick before the month is out and into next month we’ll be here again to get some new plants growing in the canalside beds.
Four GoodGymers made their way to the borders of Sparkhill and Moseley (also the gateway to the new Clean Air Zone around the city centre) to help at the Age UK headquarters. Located in one of the oldest buildings in Birmingham, dating back to 1603 (with a slightly sordid recent past as we found out later), we were there to revamp the outside space as being indoors for social settings isn’t as welcoming as it used to be.
I began by picking out the weeds from the cracks and brushing everything into piles. But within a minute of getting started, I had broken the broom, which meant that we all had to get down on hands and knees to sweep with the broom handle. Louise got started by pulling up weeds and bagging up the rubbish before moving on to spraying the cracks with weed and moss killer. Liam used the hoe to scrape off the moss which covered the stones and making them slippery. He then went out onto the pavement to litter pick, as the building is positioned in an island of sorts between the ring road and local roads beside it, and there was plenty of evidence of the nearby coffee shops and fast food restaurants. Sofeen took on the task of sanding down and varnishing a bench outside which had seen better days. Considering it had only had the first of four recommended coats, it was already looking a lot more welcoming by the time he finished.
With a good visual sense of achievement, we all set off for home and I joined Liam for a run through a much busier city centre than it had been earlier in the day. Hopefully our efforts will keep the front space looking as good as the building itself. We’ll be back before long to tackle the courtyard behind and possibly give the bench a few more coats.
GoodGymers combined with Erdington Community Volunteers and Erdington Litter Busters to help tackle an alleyway full of litter.
Today we welcomed Adam for his first GoodGym mission and he had already impressively ran over from the Jewellery Quarter before getting stuck in (and later running back).
We ended up clearing a different part of the alleyway than originally intended due to access issues, but, as you will see from the photos, we still managed to fill quite a lot of bin liners in our time there.
Having several people from different groups helped us to make some good progress and the time went by quickly. There will hopefully be a future mission to help continue with this effort.
S completed a community mission. Instead of watching TV or lying in bed, S was out there making their community a better place to be. For making that choice they have earned the community cape.
S is a now a fully fledged GoodGym runner. They've just run to do good for the first time. They are out there making amazing things happen and getting fit at the same time.
6 volunteers plogged around Highbury Park and filled 5 sacks of litter!
On the Saturday morning following the hottest day of the year, 6 volunteers met in the car park of Highbury Park ready to hunt for litter. We welcomed Helen to GoodGym for her first community mission as well as two others from Highbury Park Friends. After a quick chat we then started our route around the Park, moving down from the car park through the grass towards the duck pond where we saw a very excited dog repeatedly jumping into the pond!
After Abi and Rosie rescued a flip-flop from the duck pond, we split into two groups. One walking a longer route towards Highbury House where the remains of a BBQ were found, and one tackling the large grass area in the middle of the park. We then rejoined at the children's play area where we found a flask and a cushion hidden in the bushes!
We then plogged our way down to the Moseley entrance of the park and then back down to the car park where we dropped off our 5 full bags of litter! Everyone did a brilliant job and left the park squeaky clean ready for another day of use for the residents of Moseley and King's Heath.