Sam Ollason

Love running and volunteering!

Bath

160Good deeds

375runs

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Sam Ollason completed a training run • Monday run
Mon 7 Jun
4.1km
20:01
04:50/km
Sam Ollason went on a community mission
Community mission
Bath

Sweet ho(e)me Alabama

Sun 6 Jun
Report written by Sam Ollason

A group of GoodGym volunteers went to help out at Bath Organic Group's community allotments near Victoria Park. Some of us has been to help out before and we also welcomed some new runners to GoodGym.

The first task was to lay bark chip down to recreate the path around their allotment. There has been lots of grass and weeds growing around and over the path recently so we had to clear some space with sickles first!

The second task was to recreate the path around their pond to make it safer for visitors and volunteers. We had to use hoes to remove the weeds before we could wheelbarrow the chips into a path shape;

After some much-appreciated home-made apple juice to give us a sugar boost we hoed over some ground in preparation of cabbage planting later this week.

We all enjoyed feeling physically and mentally refreshed after spending the morning in good company in the sunshine helping this great community group.

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Sam Ollason signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Bath

Working in the orchard at the Organic garden in Bath

Sun 6 Jun 10:00 am
Organic garden, Upper Bristol road (entrance opposite Hop Pole pub through stone pillars), BATH, BA1
Help the community group prepare the garden for the spring

Mixture of tasks which could include:

  • Clearing/raking the orchard of leaves.
  • Improve path access around the site.

They are looking forward to a visit from Britain in Bloom judges in early July and keen to have the Garden looking at its best.

Please bring your own gloves. All other tools will be provided.

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Sam Ollason went on a community mission
Community mission
Bath

Beetles and rock(s)'n'roll - do you dig it?

Sat 22 May
Report written by Sam Ollason

A group of GoodGymmers made their way to St Marks Church in Widcome. We have been back to help their team of volunteers maintain their garden area (used by a variety of community groups).

The wider piece of work at the church is to rebuild a wall that has fallen into disrepair over time.

We split into two groups again. Emily J and I helped the two lead volunteers gather rocks and build a more stable platform to walk along near the wall. We found some awesome beetles amongst the rocks as well as a few big spiders! And Jer, Rob and Emily K toiled away digging the top layers of soil to make an area for the builders to work on the top of the wall.

We saw an impressive variety of wildlife in the forest and we even treated ourselves to a cake from the bake sale being run by a local school (purely for the sugar boost, of course!)

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Sam Ollason completed a training run • Friday run
Fri 21 May
5.6km
30:19
05:26/km
Sam Ollason went on a community mission
Community mission
Bath

The end of the rainbow

Wed 19 May
Report written by Bath runner

Jane, Emily, Rachel and Sam met for a final session to finish painting the fabulous rainbow fence at First Steps in Twerton.

They may now also have some rainbow coloured paving! But overall the final look really brightens up the space and makes it a fun place for the children to enjoy the outdoors.

Thanks and well done to everyone who has helped out over the last few sessions to complete the project!

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Sam Ollason went on a community mission
Community mission
Bath

King Arthur and the stake in the soil

Sat 15 May
Report written by Bath runner

Today we were helping out the St Marks Community Centre in their garden area. A section of retaining wall in the deepest darkest part of the garden was crumbling and they needed help digging out the soil behind the wall to allow for easier repair. This was a Herculean task with all the garden weapons, whilst also trying to avoid maiming each other with forks, spades and mattocks.

Rachel, Aaron, Emily K, and David started attacking the section - pulling back ivy and thick roots to try and get to the soil underneath. We finally got a good rhythm going, breaking up the soil, shoveling into a wheelbarrow and wheeling off to a growing pile. Particularly satisfying was digging down and around an embedded metal fencing stake with Aaron finally being able to pull it out like King Arthur and the sword in the stone.

Meanwhile as there wasn't enough room for us all near the wall Sam and Emily J pulled back ivy from a fence in another part of the garden, and cleared a fresh section of path to make it easier to get access.

Whilst we didn't finish our task today we helped clear the area to make it easier to continue and let the organisers see how much soil they still need to shift.

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Sam Ollason completed a training run • Friday run
Fri 14 May
5.4km
29:39
05:28/km
Sam Ollason signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Bath

Gardening for St Martins Garden School

Sat 19 Jun 10:30 am
St Martin's Garden Primary School, Lympsham Green, Bath, BA2 2UN
Clear the garden for it to be enjoyed by the children

Gardening and groundworks for St Martins Garden School

Meet at the Lympsham Green side of the school. You can get there via Banwell Road or a little footpath off Wellsway

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Sam Ollason signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Bath

Paint a fence to brighten up a nursery

Wed 19 May 18:30 pm
Woodhouse Road , Twerton, BATH, BA2 1SY
Make the space fun and appealing to the children

First Steps Twerton nursery has a small outside garden. The children will be planting in the garden this year and the nursery would like to brighten up the space to make it fun for the children.

This task is to paint a little picket fence shown in the picture. We have already started (see picture) :)

Please bring gloves. All paint and brushes will be provided

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