Hammersmith and Fulham
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Tasha completed a community mission. Instead of watching TV or lying in bed, Tasha was out there making their community a better place to be. For making that choice they have earned the community cape.
Tasha has helped keep other people motivated, Tasha has noticed what others have done and cheered 10 people. We doff our caps to you Tasha.
Hammersmith and Fulham
At 10am on a grey Saturday morning (no sun-Shine for us!) four goodgymers were Back (for Good) at Fulham Palace to help out senior gardener Pete. Beth was first to arrive following parkrun. Divy appeared bang on time just as Michelle rolled up on her bike, and the trio walked down towards the courtyard to meet Pete. As we headed down, Tasha jogged up behind us to complete the goodgym troupe. After signing in and having a quick chat by the toolshed whilst Pete finished opening up, we walked over to the small triangle by the moat, where our task today was to rake up and bag the cuttings scattered across the area. We admired Pete's handiwork in the moat, as it looked far tidier now than it did last time we were here. Everything Changes at Fulham Palace between our monthly visits - Could It Be Magic? Nope... instead it's such a testament to the hard work of the gardening team and their small army of volunteers.
As we set to work raking the cuttings into piles, we got chatting (goodgymers are a lovely bunch!) Conversation was as diverse as always - we covered everything from our love of sport to our day jobs, from covid vaccines to party themes... we Said It All! Tasha explained that this was her first goodgym mission in Hammersmith & Fulham, and that it was only her second goodgym task - welcome to the gang! It was nice to hear of your family connection to goodgym Oxford, and we really Pray that you enjoyed your first H&F task & stick around for more. 😊
Time flew by, and (with a little Patience) we managed to fill all of the waste sacks which Pete had brought over for us. We focused our remaining efforts on raking the leftover cuttings into piles to make it easier for Pete's apprentices to finish off what we had started next week. By 11:20 we had completed the task - it seems that GGers have what it rakes to make light work of gardening jobs these days... we could well Rule the (weeding) World!! We posed for a quick group photo together before heading off to enjoy the rest of our Saturdays - it was the Greatest (start to our) Day!
Hammersmith and Fulham
Senior Gardener, Pete and the Fulham Palace volunteers would love some GoodGym help with some gardening jobs around the Palace Gardens.
Meet at the front of the Palace courtyard at 10am - look out for the red and black GG tees!
PLEASE BRING ALONG GARDENING GLOVES!! 🧤
Tasha is a now a fully fledged GoodGym runner. They've just run to do good for the first time. They are out there making amazing things happen and getting fit at the same time.
Curious? Tasha has just run their first session in another area. For that explorative spirit Tasha is awarded the scout badge. A Scout is trustworthy
With the evenings getting darker earlier we raced over to Marston to complete a bulb-planting session with Marston Community Gardeners before it got too dark to work.
Working in pairs we planted hundreds of daffodil bulbs all along the road heading out of Old Marton towards the ring road. No messing about on this evening session - we knew we probably only had 40 minutes to get the job done, even with head torches and portable lights helping to extend the work time.
We all admired the professionalism of Mary's bulb-planting tool - the ultimate way to plant several hundred bulbs without getting repetitive strain injury! - although most of us made do with spades and trowels. That's something for the GoodGym tool wishlist for sure, right below our own scythe! We picked up a bucket full of litter along the way as a bonus good deed.
Finishing in the dark, we were promised hot chocolate all round for all volunteers on our next bulb-planting mission on 31st October meeting at the Up in Arms. Check it out and sign up in the Sessions listings.
This is our 3rd year in a row planting bulbs in Marston. I very much hope that we'll finally get to see the resulting flowers next spring - 2 spring lockdowns mean that we haven't made it back to see the display yet!
It was perfect running weather, so the group run to and from the task was a joy.
Report title courtesy of Bethan. Thank you!
As we head into autumn we're starting the prep for some spring beauty!
Nothing lifts the spirits like the first flowers of spring, and autumn is the time to get bulbs in the ground. We will plant bulbs in Marston this evening on the request of Marston Community Gardeners. It'll be fun to revisit in the spring to check them out in flower - hopefully next year we won't be in lockdown and will actually be able to!
Some tools will be provided but bring your own gardening gloves, and if you are able to bring a trowel or bulb planter it would be a great help. As the evenings are drawing in I suggest hi-vis for runners if you have them, and headtorches would be helpful for everyone. I'll bring our portable lights and a couple of spare head torches.
* Anyone wishing to run to the task as a group please meet in the car park of the Richard Benson Hall, 276b Cowley Rd at 5:45pm. There will just be a running group this week as it is a little too far to get to Marston in time if we walk. There won’t be a bag drop available.
* If you would prefer to meet at the task please meet us at 6:15pm at The Vicarage, Elsfield Rd, Old Marston OX3 0PR