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There was plenty of pebbles and a good deal of dashing to be done in order to get tonight’s task finished on time. Once again we were visiting our Friends at Growing works to help lay some new paths which would improve access at their community allotment.
Cut a couple of inches of turf nice and level, lay in the weed inhibitor sheet, cover with a section of eco-grid and infill with pebbles...et voila a ready made path!
With characteristic enthusiasm Kati Law and Ben Godfrey got stuck in with one path whilst Louise Galvin, Alison Cottam, Tom Wood and David Pizzey tackled another. Meanwhile Zena Whalley and David Bilton got busy pairing a pitting shed.
It was always going to be a tall order to get the job done in an hour but we managed, albeit with a bit of frenetic pebble shoveling in the last few minutes. But by just after 7:30pm we had two brand new sections of path laid and a much prettier looking potting shed. Our Task Master Rachel from Growing works pronounced herself very happy with the fruits of our labours. Well done and thanks to the entire team tonight, great to be doing good on such a beautiful evening.
Thanks to Alison Cottam for the idea for the report title and David Bilton for his kind donation of 5 litter rings....they will be put to good use next week at Snow Island.
Sunshine, hard work, chips and plenty of pigs.....what's not to like about today's GoodGym Community Mission? GoodGym Huddersfield regulars, Louise Galvin, Ben Godfrey, Tom Elcock and myself, were joined by Annie Hinton, Tom Harman and Egg Cameron for a return visit to the Pigs in the Wood sanctuary.
This time we had a mega task ahead of us to construct a retaining wall of railway sleepers. This plan was to deter the piggy residents from climbing on a muddy bank and hold the bank back.
So it was on with GoodGym Huddersfield's favourite activity....digging! We needed to excavate a straight trench into which the sleepers could be set. Once that was done, it was a case of heaving the heavy sleepers into position and ensuring they were set level and solid.
There was plenty of other jobs to do besides digging and various members of the group also got busy with laying gravel, painting fences and shoveling pig poo!
By the time lunchtime arrived we were all ready for the chips kindly provided by Pigs in the Wood as reward for our efforts. The pigs were ready for lunch too, and you needed your wits about you if your chips were to avoid becoming a piggy dinner!
Another couple of hours of the team pulling together in the afternoon saw our work for the day done. We had managed to get quite a few sleepers set very securely into ground, giving the beginnings of a solid retaining wall, which will surely keep the pigs off the bank.
Well done everyone for your efforts today, it was definitely an epic session but another great job done.
We were bushwhacking tonight at Christ Church in Moldgreen. Supported by the inimitable 84 year old Dr. Michael from the church's congregation, Ben Godfrey, Tom, David Bilton, Alison Cottam and myself got busy cutting, chopping and shifting to thin a thicket in the churchyard.
There was a lot to do, and we cleared a huge amount of vegetation into a big stack, but there is still plenty more remaining. So no doubt we'll be popping back to Moldgreen for a bit more bushwhacking in the coming weeks.
GoodGym Huddersfield's adopted spot at Snow Island on the Riverside Way needs our attention again. The nature haven and picnic spot has seen a lot of alfresco drinking and dining recently, plenty of discarded bottles, cans and fast food wrappers attest to that. This is of course where GoodGym come in, equipped with our litter pickers and black bags we'll aim to return Snow Island, and perhaps some other sections of the Riverside Way to their former glory.
For those who don't fancy litter picking there are also plenty of non-indigenous mini buddleia bushes and Himalayan Balsam on the site which need removing.
Please walk, run or cycle to the session if you can, if you are driving don't park in the student accommodation parking as you will be fined. There is a nearby Kirklees car park at Kingsbridge Road (HD1 3AX).
Finally GoodGym runs return!
For our first run back we'll be heading up to our regular gig at Ravensknowle Park to weed and tidy the Memorial Garden. Ann from the Friends group has asked us to do this extra session as the park is hosting the Woven Festival the following weekend, so its especially important the Memorial Garden looks it best for all the additional visitors.
As with most group run sessions going forward a couple of options will be offered. Whilst I want to encourage all GoodGymmers to join the group runs, I do appreciate that the additional time commitment of adding a run to the task may be difficult for some. Consequently you can now choose the meeting point to best suit yourself.....
Option 1- Run & Task Meet 6:30pm outside the Stadium Health & Fitness Club for the group run up to Ravensknowle Park. It's a steady 2K run there and a 2K run back, so a great opportunity for anyone who is new to GoodGym to give group runs a go. We always play nice and guarantee you will not get left behind. Following the task we will run back to the Stadium If you select the run option you can park your vehicle for free at the Stadium Health & Fitness Club.
Option 2- Task alone Meeting the runners at 7pm (or just after) at the Memorial Garden in Ravensknowle Park, where you'll spend an hour getting stuck into hardcore digging and weeding.
The choice is yours, however if you are able to join the run please do so as it will be great to get the group back running once again after such a long period without regular GoodGym runs.
We started so we’ll finish! GoodGym have partially removed the pile of earth and rubble which has been blocking the Riverside Way near Kingsbridge.
It’s tough work but our efforts have already yielded positive results with the old path partly reinstated. This session is intended to clear a bit more of the route and make the Riverside Way accessible and safer for more people to use.
Once again we’ll be working with Greenstreams the local environmental organisation are responsible for the Riverside Way. All tools and instruction about exactly what is to be done will be provided by Greenstreams, GoodGym will provide the energy and enthusiasm. So bring your gloves and we'll get yet another good job done.
We’ll meet in the car park next to King's Bridge, please run cycle or walk there if you possibly can.
Louise Galvin, David Bilton and I were fairly exhausted by the time we completed tonight's litter pick. I think the final climb up Kilner Bank carrying 8 full bin bags, a car exhaust and various other junk items was what really finished us off!
Ann from The Friends of Ravensknowle Park has asked us to make an extra visit to the park in order to tidy the Memorial Garden ahead of The Woven event which is taking place the following weekend.
We’ll spend another productive hour weeding and working to ensure the garden is looking memorable for all the right reasons.
Don't forget your gardening gloves and do-good motivation for an hour's worth of socially distanced hard labour. If you are able to walk, run or cycle to this Community Mission please do so.
There were plenty of diggers for today's GoodGym task, both the human and mechanical kind.
Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately) the latter were not available for our use, so we set about with picks and spades to continue with our ongoing mission to clear the Riverside Way of the dumped soil and rubble that have been blocking it for a number of years.
And what progress we made! A couple of hours of picking and shoveling saw the path re-instated over a distance of about ten metres. Great work from today's team of Louise Galvin, Ben Godfrey, Tom, Thom Wood, SallyAnn Maish and Robert Armitage. Top effort folks, today's task masters Jeff and Kim from Greenstreams pronounced themselves very impressed with our work. There is of course always more work to be done on the Riverside Way and we'll be returning later in the summer for another session.
If you're not from Yorkshire you may never have heard of a ginnel, I certainly hadn't before I came to live in Kirklees. However the people of Golcar know ginnels, as they have loads of these little narrow alleyways throughout the village. In fact Golcar is so famous for ginnels there is even a dedicated and marked Ginnel Trail for local people and tourists use on a daily basis.
However some Golcar's ginnels on the trail are currently becoming a little overgrown with weeds, making them unsightly and challenging for some users. As a result GoodGym is joining forces with the Golcar Environment Group for a morning of intensive ginnel clearance. Focussing on one of the most overgrown examples we'll don our gardening gloves and blitz the weeds leaving the ginnel tidier and safer for future users.
If you are able to please walk, run or cycle to this Community Mission. If you need to drive the most convenient parking spot is opposite St. John's church in the village centre.