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The Children’s Allotment

Wed 29 Jun 18:00 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
Replenish the paths

Rescheduled from 15th June

The Children's Allotment is a gorgeous space near Florence Park. We helped them with the massive 2.5 year undertaking to get the site ready to open, and now they've asked for a bit of help with maintenance.

The main task will be replenishing the paths with new woodchip, but there are bound to be other jobs to do too.

All tools will be provided but please bring your own gardening gloves.

The Children’s Allotment is at the East Ward Allotments, off Cricket Road. The entrance is off the cycle path, not the main allotment entrance. Location pin here.

Meeting options:
* Anyone wishing to run or walk to the task as a group please meet in the car park of the Richard Benson Hall, 276b Cowley Rd at 6pm. * If you would prefer to meet at the task please meet us at the location pin above at 6:15pm.

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Wed 15 Jun
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Tue 14 Jun
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Tue 14 Jun
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Wed 8 Jun
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A pizza plogging

Wed 8 Jun
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

That rare thing: a litter pick with not much litter!

A couple of years a go Port Meadow was a litter hot spot, with tonnes of litter being left on the meadow regularly. Since then the situation has improved, but as it's a SSSI, a scheduled ancient monument, and also home to cows and ponies, it's always worth a scout around to check that the litter isn't getting out of hand. With good weather forecast over the Jubilee weekend we thought that a lot of people might come to the meadow, and that might mean that there was a need for a clean-up this week. Of course, we all know that the long weekend was actually a bit of a wash out! Still, we turned up en masse to scour the river bank and favourite picnic spots just in case.

Julian Cooper, the Port Meadow ranger, met us at the gate with sturdy bags and litter pickers, and directed us to the areas he wanted us to check over. Half a dozen GoodGymers set off towards Burgess Field to clear up some hazardous broken glass, while the rest of the group pottered along the edge of the meadow, over the bridge to Fiddlers Island, and along the Thames Path past the boat yard.

Port Meadow was a Victorian rubbish dump, and bottle diggers take spades to it to search for potentially valuable Victorian or Edwardian glass bottles. Bottle digging is hazardous as the holes are rarely filled back in by the diggers, causing danger of 'trip' injury to humans and livestock, and it also disturbs glass and other Victorian waste below the surface exposing it and causing the risk of serious cuts. Livestock have died in the past from injuries caused by broken glass. The recent rain had brought more glass to the surface where bottle diggers had vandalised the meadow, and our breakaway group filled a bag with pieces of broken glass. Literal life savers.

Meanwhile the rest of our team meandered along the riverbank and across the meadow. We were surprised and delighted by how sparse the litter was. Aoife's crew, who headed over towards the boat yard were the only group who found significant quantities of litter. Other than that it was a few cans, wrappers, bottles, a blanket, but really not at all bad considering how it used to be. In fact, the situation was so decent that we called it a night a bit ahead of schedule which meant that we just escaped the downpour. Unfortunately, the hardy bunch who headed to The Medley for pizza afterwards got a thorough soaking alongside their dinner, but you can't win them all, and the pizza was worth it.

What's a GoodGymer to do when caught in the rain without a rain coat?! Kudos to Henry and Julia for taking part in this week's Project Runway challenge of making an outfit out of a spare litter bag. Garland of joy went to Louise - Happy Birthday for last week!

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Tue 7 Jun
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Port Meadow litter pick

Wed 8 Jun 18:00 pm
West Oxford Community Centre, Botley Road, Oxford, OX2 0BT
With pizza after

The 4 day weekend for the Platinum Jubilee will be enjoyed by many with picnicing and outdoor fun.

Unfortunately picnics and outdoor fun mean LITTER!

We'll be doing a post-bank holiday litter pick on Port Meadow to ensure that it is safe for the cows and horses which call it home.

We can go to The Medley for pizza afterwards if people are keen to grab some dinner.

Please bring your gardening gloves - they're always useful on litter picks. Bags and grabbers will be provided.

Meeting Options:

Non-runners meet us at Walton Well Road gate to Port Meadow at 6:15pm. Runners meet at West Oxford Community Centre on Botley Road at 6pm to run to the task.

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Sat 28 May
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