With the hot evening sun on our backs we got together in the Oak visitor car park ready to walk into our weeding challenge for the evening. Before that we welcomed a new face to the GoodGym family in Ben. Please give him a cheer and follow! What a great addition Ben is going to be!
A guided walk through the school grounds brought us to the sports field and the location of where the weeding party would take place.
A planting area outside the gym was snapped up by Lea, Daryl and Neil. This was to be the place where the wildflowers would be sowed. In hope that it would bring a bit of colour to the area.
Ben, Keith, Sean, Hannah, my colleague Ollie and his partner Claudia headed over to the massive sand pit to tackle all the weeds somehow finding enough nutrients in the sand.
We improvised wheelbarrows by using old, super stylish pink curtains from my house. Loading them up and then slinging them into the underbrush for them to have their weed party in the bushes last night. Finally back together again after dispersing in the sand. Who knew weeds could socially distance better than many humans!?!?
The wildflower group dug up a few boulders and metal rods, no dangerous utensils thank goodness.
The sandpit gang finished with a whole lot of sand in hard to reach places...but we all left feeling a sense of achievement and with a better tan too.
Thank you so much for all your help in making a place I see everyday, that much more inviting. And I'll walk by each area and remember your visit with gratitude!
Another task next week Thursday....and we'll be painting so please check the website!!
Lea and Keith I hope your backs aren't too sore for your double day volunteering marathon on Brownsea!!
Good luck to Daryl this weekend who is going through sweeper training at the Crafty Fox Half on Sunday, and Nicola, John, Karen and Charlotte who will be hoping they don't get swept up!!
I work at LeAF studio school, which is a sports specialist school. Part of their grounds have a huge sandpit on it that was used during the Olympics for the Beach Volleyball events.
We've cleared a lot of the weeds on it, but they are slowly coming back, so we need to do some clearing. Along with that we will be clearing some other areas and planting wildflower seeds to add a bit more life and colour to the area.
If you have any gloves AND gardening tools you could bring along that would be amazing. Forks in particular as well as metal rakes too.
We will meet in the Oak Academy car park which will be open. As you come through the gates, turn right into the visitors section of the car park. From there we will walk through together.
Six of us got together at our old gardening spot in BH2. St Michael’s school was our destination and this time we were going to do some painting in their pre-school area.
Rachel and Anthony met us outside and showed us where we were needed.
Their pre-school fence was a blend of orange and Rachel had started to paint it a more peaceful sage colour.
Oh man, we LOVE painting so much. And it was the perfect evening for it too. Lots of different conversations topics, soothing task, laughing and catching up in the sunshine.
We worked in pairs on each panel and moved along gradually, and after about an hour we had managed to do most of the fence with a base coat.
We will be back after half term to help with more painting and gardening next time.
Well done everyone, and I think a social in the sunshine is on the cards very soon!!!
The lovely people at St Michael's School need us to come and clear our a plot at the entrance to the school. Last time we were there we cleared the one on one side, and this time we are clearing the other elevated flower bed. Along with that their pre-school area needs some painting (it will be outdoors) too.
We are meeting at their main entrance and we are capping the group size to 10 as I don't think we will need more than that. Please only sign up if you're sure you can make it, as late cancelations could force us to cancel the mission.
Please bring some gardening gloves if you have them.
On a glorious evening in Bournemouth we gathered in Meyrick Park amongst the outdoor enthusiasts. And for once no one flinched at seeing us get together. There were people playing rugby, mum’s doing an exercise class, some practicing boxing others tai chi and us collecting rubbish and making the world a better place.
We had a chat and went through names and welcomed fresh faces in Lottie and Adam. Lottie in her first ever GoodgGym experience and Adam who had had a taste before and hasn’t been put off!
With gloves, pickers and bin bags handed out we bursted our like a star in different directions and gathered as much rubbish as we could.
After an hour of picking and chatting we got together again and made a date for next week Thursday....Horseshoe Common our next challenge!
Great to see you all. Hope you can make it again next week!!