The sun was shining and our deed of twelve goodgymers (yes, Colchester Goodgym have a collective noun for a group of goodgymers!) were full of smiles.
We split into two groups of six and everyone put in a fantastic effort to help Pam and Jo from Colchester in Bloom to clear a section of the river and footpath of weeds, weed a herb patch and plant more herbs, weed the metal structure of a nearby bridge, remove moss from the river wall and tidy the nearby fountain area at Middleborough.
The tremendous effort put in by all made a dramatic difference in such a short time. The area is now ready for Colchester in Bloom to place plant boxes along the river wall - we look forward to seeing them in place and no doubt help to keep the plant boxes and area looking beautiful.
Joining in with community missions like this one not only benefits the local community, but the social benefits of being part of such a kind and giving group is such good food for the soul. If you want to get involved and join our amazing deed of Goodgymers doing what they do best, keep an eye out and sign up for upcoming missions here.
Until next time, stay safe.
This is a gardening task near the riverside. Bring gloves, and any tools if you have them - secateurs, trowel, etc. We'll continue the work we started on 21 April, and do a bit more... Meet at Riverside Walk - the steps by the bridge, by the cottages on North Station Road.
Update: Meet behind leisure world, near the recycling bins, not at the entrance, thanks.
Help Keep Britain Tidy by gathering up some rubbish. Better for the wildlife, better for the environment, and where possible, we'll recycle what we find. This litter pick will sweep along the river between Leisure World and the bottom of East Hill. We can have up to 16 helpers, under current guidelines. We may split into two groups on the day. Bring your own gloves, bags will be provided.
Most people were able to make it to the right location for the mission ;) and so with litter pickers and bags we set off in two separate groups to clean up the areas around Castle Park. It was good to chat and catch up with GoodGymers old and new with a special mention for Magano who was joining us for her first GoodGym mission. There was discussion of work/life balance in the pandemic world, pets and obviously whether anyone had managed to get to the pub and take advantage of the recent changes to restrictions! Whilst it wasn't quite as messy as we feared it might be, there was evidence that some people who had been taking the chance to have a picnic in the park, hadn't cleaned up after themselves and we managed to fill three large bags of rubbish between us. As someone who lives in the area close I know I appreciate the park will be a little cleaner for the time-being, and hope others will be similarly pleased.
In the past 12 months the outdoor spaces in our town have possibly mattered to us more than ever before.
Litter blights our streets, parks and everywhere else in our town. Hence GoodGym can help make a difference.
To maintain social distancing and to follow the Rule of six we will meet in two areas of the town. One group by the river near Middleborough and the other on the other side of Castle park.
Nearer the time I will confirm the details.
Litter pickers and sacks will be provided, but please bring your own gloves.
Any questions please let me know.
After a dynamic warm up, the runners left leisure world for a friendly 5k. However, it was such a beautiful morning that at each junction they were tempted to do just a little bit extra, so it ended up being a tour of Colchester and its wildlife! We saw swans, ducks, moorhens, sparrows, rabbits, squirrels, geese, seagulls and great tits. Well done everyone, great running and chatting! 👍 😁