Shati Patel

Oxford

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Oxford

Oxford City Farm

Wed 25 May

We're revisiting Oxford City Farm - the site of the Aoife-approved 'best GoodGym task EVER'.

There will be various tasks around the site; gardening, watering, general tidying and maintenance etc

Please bring your own gardening gloves. Tools will be supplied if needed..

The City Farm is behind the Isis Care Home on Cornwallis Road. Meeting options:
If you would like to run to the task with the group meet in the car park of Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Road at 6pm. It’s a 1 mile run to Oxford City Farm.
Non-runners please meet us at the gate to the farm at 6:15pm. Location pin here.

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Oxford City Farm

Wed 25 May 18:00 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
Sheep! Chickens! Gardening!

We're revisiting Oxford City Farm - the site of the Aoife-approved 'best GoodGym task EVER'.

There will be various tasks around the site; gardening, watering, general tidying and maintenance etc

Please bring your own gardening gloves. Tools will be supplied if needed..

The City Farm is behind the Isis Care Home on Cornwallis Road. Meeting options:
If you would like to run to the task with the group meet in the car park of Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Road at 6pm. It’s a 1 mile run to Oxford City Farm.
Non-runners please meet us at the gate to the farm at 6:15pm. Location pin here.

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C S Lewis Nature Reserve

Wed 1 Jun 17:45 pm
Oxford Brookes Headington , London Road, Oxford , OX3 0BP
Helping protect the habitat

NEW TASK!

The C S Lewis nature reserve in Risinghurst has lost over 60 trees due to ash die back. With so many trees gone people have been walking everywhere instead of sticking do designated paths. BBOWT and their team of volunteers are slowly creating natural barriers from logs etc to block areas for regeneration and keep people on the paths. So far it's working but......there is a lot to do. Tonight we’ll help progress the project.

Please bring your own gardening gloves. Tools will be provided.

Meeting point for runners is the main entrance of Oxford Brookes Headington Road campus. We will set off from there at 17:45. It’s just under 2 miles to the Nature Reserve. Non- runners meet us at the entrance to the nature reserve at 6:15pm. Address is Lewis Close, OX3 8JD

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Oxford

GG Oxford on Tour

Sat 14 May
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

We came, we parkran, we pruned, we weeded.

The Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust has an outpost in Wiltshire - the in-patient Eating Disorder Unit, Cotswold House. As we've done regular work with their Oxford-site (Warneford Hospital) they reached out to us to see if we would be able to help with the ED unit garden too. Obviously the distance makes it's impractical to make this a regular thing, but the garden is a small courtyard space so a lot can be achieved on a single community mission. A day trip with a good deed included sounded like a great idea to us, add in a bit of parkrun tourism and it was a done deal!

We started our outing with Marlborough Common parkrun where we got chatting to someone from GoodGym Swindon who filled us in on what's going on in their area. Sadly, no-one from GG Swindon joined us on the task, but fingers crossed we have more success with collaborating next time we're in the area. Then after a coffee stop we headed over to Cotswold House at Savernake Hospital.

Cotswold House was fairly quiet this Saturday morning as many of the patients went home for the weekend, and so we were able to have free run of the garden without getting in anyone's way. Probably a good thing that some of our eclectic conversations weren't overheard by non-GoodGymers; ranging from relative quality of secateurs, to cockchafer beetles, and some light peer-pressure to persuade more GoodGymers to give parkrun a try!

At first glance the garden area looked in pretty good shape and we figured we'd do a little pruning and weeding and be on our way in an hour, but as is often the case, once we got started on the task we discovered that there was more to do than it first seemed. Due to some of the plants attracting clouds of little black flies the pruning had to be more extensive than we'd expected - not too relaxing to sit in a garden surrounded my midgey flies! - and getting to work we uncovered ivy and brambles which needed cutting back before they completely smothered the roses, and several fun garden sculptures which were getting swallowed up by shrubbery. Raking away the dead leaves, some watering, and weeding the pots and raised beds also got done. We even hosed down some of the windows which had got splattered by bird poo and restrung fairy lights.

After 2 hours we'd amassed 18 sacks of prunings!

Post task we hit the market in Marlborough for a picnic lunch in the sunshine, rounding off our day with ice-creams as we headed back to the cars.

What a lovely day :-)

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Oxford

A Palace fit for a Newt

Wed 27 Apr
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

Scythes! Spades! Log carrying!

Last night was our first task of the year at Aston's Eyot, and it did not disappoint: There were nettles to scythe and rake, the pond edge to reprofile, and lots of logs to carry over to the pond edge to build a hibernaculum for reptiles to hibernate in.

The pond is a new feature on Aston's Eyot. As it was dug the soil was piled up around the edges and now needed smoothing into a gentler slope. An artistic quartet got to work shovelling and sculpting - with an architect in the group surely the landscaping will be exemplary?!
Meanwhile the rest of the gang ventured into the woodland area and flexed their muscles carrying logs from woods to pond edge to form a pile which will hopefully be an attractive habitat for reptiles to snooze the winter away.
And finally....the scythes were back in action. Happy to report no loss of limbs from over enthusiastic wielding of sharp blades (woo hoo!) and a whole load of nettles were chopped down, which will hopefully allow a bit of breathing/growing space for a wider variety of plants.

Great work team!

Welcome to GoodGym Julian and Laurie - lovely to meet you both.

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Shati Patel went on a community mission
Community mission
Oxford

Food bank friends

Tue 26 Apr
Report written by Shati Patel

As part of my work's "volunteer month", we descended on Oxford Mutual Aid's HQ for an evening of tidying and organising!

One of the lovely OMA volunteers gave us an introduction to OMA and a tour of the hall. Then we split off into smaller teams for various maintenance jobs. I was mainly on cleaning and restocking duty, but we got through a lot of different tasks overall!

  • Decanting huge bags of pasta into smaller portions 🍝
  • Sorting nappies/diapers into smaller packs and tidying up the toiletry corner 🐣🍼
  • Checking the stock and temperature of the fridges ("Steve" the fridge was slightly too warm 🔥 😱)
  • Refilling shelves with the tinned food we brought along 🥫
  • Cleaning! (Emptying bins, wiping down tables, sweeping the floor...)
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Aston’s Eyot

Wed 27 Apr 18:00 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
Let’s build a hibernaculum

Aston’s Eyot is an island in East Oxford formed by the River Thames, the River Cherwell and Shire Lake Ditch. The 32 acre nature reserve was originally a water meadow, then a rubbish tip for a while at the end of the 19th Century, it is now a mosaic of woodland, open area and scrubland. The land is managed by the Friends of Aston’s Eyot as a nature reserve with public access.

There will be various tasks for us to do around Aston’s Eyot nature reserve, including moving some logs and branches to build a habitat pile by the new pond as cover for amphibians and reptiles (a hibernaculum).

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

Meeting options:

If you would like to run to the task location with the group meet in the car park of the Richard Benson Hall at 6pm.It is less than a mile to Aston’s Eyot, but we can take a slightly longer route if time allows.
If you want to meet at the task we will be at the intersection of Meadow Lane and Jackdaw Lane at 6:15pm. We will walk along to Aston's Eyot together from there.

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Flower Power

Wed 20 Apr
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

Marston Community Garden's ever-evolving project includes community raised beds, chickens, an orchard, and soon another new addition...a flower garden! This will both be a beautiful thing to have on the allotments and also great for pollinators.

This evening we grabbed forks and spades and spent an hour or so digging over the beds in preparation for planting out the flowers. There were lots of weeds and roots to remove so it kept us busy until nearly sunset. The local community will be encouraged to share flower cuttings from their gardens to fill the beds.

We look forward to seeing it in bloom!

Well done Henry for completing your 10th Good Deed!

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Shati Patel went on a community mission
Community mission
Oxford

Trash talk

Tue 19 Apr
Report written by Shati Patel

I organised a litter pick for our work's "volunteer month": my colleagues and I wandered through the centre of Oxford, past the Westgate, and ended at the train station, picking up litter as we went! 🚂 Lots of smaller bits of litter and cigarette butts, and plenty of bottles/cans/masks outside the station...

(I didn't get a good picture of the actual litter pick, so here's a photo of my bin with googly eyes instead!)

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Shati Patel has completed 15 good deeds with GoodGym. Wed 13 Apr 2022

Shati has completed their 15th good deed with GoodGym

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