Tara Isherwood

Windsor and Maidenhead

TaskForce

75Good deeds

141runs

449cheers

TaskForce achievements

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Community Missions
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Group Runs
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Walking Groups
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Run reports
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Run reports
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Tara Isherwood completed a training run • Morning Run
Sat 9 Jul
5.0km
38:56
07:43/km
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Windsor and Maidenhead

Early birds quacking up at Boulters to Bray

Sat 2 Jul
Report written by Amanda Quincey

The 5am start may just be our earliest task start time ever for Windsor and Maidenhead. What a beautiful morning to do good deeds. GoodGymers Sheila, Tara, Amy, Amanda, Sara and Kelley were bright eyed when they met at Ray Mill Island in Maidenhead to support swimmers doing 5km, 2.8km or 1.4km open water river swims. After a quick safety briefing the team got straight to work.

Amanda and Sara did not flop on their flip-flop duties and strung together hundreds of pairs of clogs and sandals to meet their owners at the end of their races. Amy, Tara and Sheila took responsibility for labelling swimmers' keys to ensure no one arrived in a Ferrari but left in a Fiesta! Kelley was our keen photographer capturing all the adventures.

After the swimmers left the start line, the team turned to marshalling duties to greet and direct the swimmers doing the longer historic 5km route all the way from Cliveden. Then it was onto the final stage of signing posting people out of the water, hosing down feet and handing out medals, bacon sarnies and hot tea to the chilly but cheerful swimmers at the end of the race. Some of the team even caught a glimpse of Olympian Tom Dean who was amongst the swimmers. Overall it was a great event and the GoodGym team are ex-stream-ly keen to come back and help again next year!

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Tara Isherwood completed a training run • Morning Run
Sun 15 May
4.2km
33:38
08:02/km
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Derby

Let it grow, let it grow

Sat 14 May
Report written by Naomi Hope

Plantlife's No Mow May campaign encourages people to lock away the lawnmower throughout May. The aim is to let the wild flowers in your lawn bloom, to help our bees, butterflies, wildlife and us. 🌼 🐝 🦋

Lots of GoodGymers took part, reserving the weed-pulling for community centre flowerbeds and leaving their own lawns to bloom! 🌻

Sheila's daisies were joined by dandelions, speedwell and buttercups. She's decided to continue the experiment, and just mow around the edges, plus a path across the middle, but leave the remainder of the lawn to its own devices ... blooming marvelous! 🌼

Naomi found an abundance of forget-me-nots and speedwell, with the bees in particular enjoying the speedwell. 🐝

Tracey and Gwyn enjoyed not mowing their lawns, going out walking with the time they saved, and saw even more unmown lawns!  Their pictures include one for each of their lawns, one for a colourful unmown patch in Alvaston, and a couple from Penrhyn Castle where a lamb was clearly ignoring the sign, despite it being in Welsh! 🐑

Thank you to everyone who took part. 💐

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Derby

No Mow May (1st - 31st May)

Sat 14 May 18:15 pm
Your lawn, Anywhere, *
Let the wild flowers in your lawn bloom to help our bees, butterflies, wildlife and us! 🌼 🐝 🦋

🌼 Plantlife’s annual #NoMowMay campaign launches this year on the 29th April 2022. So lock up your lawnmower on the 1st May and let the wild flowers in your lawn bloom, providing a feast of nectar for our hungry pollinators.

There's a range of resources for download, which will be added to as the campaign progresses.

🌼 Let it grow… let it groooow… 🌼

Why not also join in with Plantlife's nationwide Every Flower Counts survey at the end of May, which helps us to learn more about the health of the nations’ wild flowers? In return, they will tell you your lawn’s personal nectar score. Sign up to the campaign for more details.

Please send your wild flower photos and news to naomihope@hotmail.co.uk to be included in the report and to be marked on the register. Thanks! 🌼

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Windsor and Maidenhead

9 GoodGymmers Go Totally Batty!

Sat 30 Apr
Report written by Sheila Attenborough

Our friends at Wild Eton Wick are taking part in the National Bat Monitoring Program, so we took the opportunity to join them in what turned out to be a fascinating and exciting evening. Georgeta, Kanika and Sheila cycled to Eton Wick along the Jubilee River, and we all gathered just before dusk at St John's Church. We joined up with Claire, Tom and Andrew from Wild Eton Wick who led the survey and were our resident bat experts, as we were all novices. Claire gave us an introduction to the bats and how the survey would work. Kelley and Kanika took charge of the 2 bat detectors, one set at 45kHz to detect common pipistrelles, and the other set at 55kHz to detect soprano pipistrelles. The inaudible bat calls are picked up by an ultrasonic microphone and mixed with the output of a high frequency oscillator in the bat detector to produce a noise audible by us mere humans. Tom had a different instrument that scanned at all frequencies, and could report back on which species was present. The rest of us were looking for visual sightings of the bats, and any other mammals which might be around. We all spread out around the churchyard. As it got darker, both detectors started picking up bat activity, and everyone was very excited to see the bats flying around the trees and church. No one batted an eyelid to see such acro-bat-ics. Kelley even managed to video a bat flying overhead whilst the detector went bananas in the background. Noctule bats (the biggest British bat species) were also detected around the church. And all to the sounds of music floating across the fields from the Ride the Night event at Windsor racecourse. We eventually had to drag ourselves away - the cyclists made their way back to Maidenhead like bats out of hell to warm themselves up, whilst Sara had to contend with the Ride the Night cyclists on her way home. Thank you so much to Wild Eton Wick for inviting us along and enabling us to contribute to the survey, we all loved this task!

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Windsor and Maidenhead

Mulch ado about Pennyroyal

Sat 30 Apr
Report written by Tara Isherwood

Three goodgymers headed to a small but highly important piece of grazing land today. The land owned by Eton College is designated as a SSSI, because of the presence of a rare and declining plant called the Pennyroyal. As a consequence, the management of scrub is highly important to enable the Pennyroyal to thrive. It grows in the halo of a damp divot in the ground in a unique habitat.

Our task is to support Nature Bureau to clear the scrub. The task involved working to load cuttings into wheelbarrows and relocate the eco piles into the lower field, south of the hedgerow/drainage ditch. We were supported by other local volunteers which was heaps of fun with encouragement from the resident wildlife.

It is a beautiful location we enjoyed pitch forking in and the weather made it a really memorable task.

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Windsor and Maidenhead

Sunset Bat Survey

Sat 30 Apr 20:25 pm
At John the Baptist Church, Eton Wick Road , Eton Wick , SL4 6JA
Help out with monitoring the local bat population

Wild Eton Wick carry out bat surveys over the summer, which contribute to the Borough's Environment & Climate Strategy. Come and help out with the survey, monitoring the bats and their environment, in what promises to be an interesting evening. We will be meeting at St John the Baptist Church in Eton Wick. Make your own way to the task - there may be opportunities for car-sharing

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Removing scrub to protect the Pennyroyal

Sat 30 Apr 09:00 am
Monkey Island Lane, Bray, SL6 2ED
Protecting Pennyroyal

The Pennyroyal is a rare and declining plant. There is an SSSI in Bray where the Pennyroyal grows well, the task is to clear the scrub onsite so that ragwort removal can be done at a later date. These activities will appropriately manage the ecology of the area and protect the Pennyroyal.
The Ecology Team will be on site from 9am – 5pm that day. GG taskforce will be there from 9-11:30am. Please feel free to join as and when you are able to - even an hour of your time is much appreciated. You can also bring other people with you if you wish but they will not be part of goodgym. The task for the day will involve working in pairs or small groups, to load scrub cuttings into wheelbarrows and relocate the eco piles into the lower field, south of the hedgerow/drainage ditch. NatureBureau will provide tools, but if you are able to bring your own gardening gloves that would be great. We will have a few spares.

Please note that there will be (approximately 10) Dexter cattle on site. They are shy but will become increasingly inquisitive throughout the day and may follow you around. The entrance to the site (north west of the field) is heavily utilised by the cattle and over the past few months has been inundated. You will need wellies or similar footwear to access the site.

There are no toilets available on site, but I have previously been told that the Marina should allow us access to use theirs if required.

The site is located on Monkey Island Lane, Maidenhead, SL6 2ED, opposite the Concrete Plant and south of the Marina. To the north of the site is an unnamed road which leads down to a small car park. We will have access to this car park on the day:

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Tara Isherwood completed a training run • Morning Run
Fri 15 Apr
16.4km
02:15:14
08:13/km
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