A group of Barnet goodgymmers got together near Henlys Corner in North London, at the site of a proposed Tiny Forest, to be planted by the council and environmental charity Earthwatch.
A Tiny Forest is a dense and rapidly growing native woodland in a small area. It will provide a protected habitat for wildlife, capture carbon, filter the air of harmful particulates and reduce flooding and soil loss. You can find out more about the benefits of a Tiny Forest on the Earthwatch website.
This Barnet tiny forest is scheduled to be planted this winter. GoodGym is going to play a big part in this project by engaging the local community to help with planting, fencing, weeding and generally looking after this Tiny Forest over the coming years.
Our first support mission was a straightforward litter pick. We fanned out across the site and got to work, uncovering a treasure trove of trash!
It was a lovely, sunny summer evening and after the litter pick we did some exercise in the fading sun. The group got very excited about the Tiny Forest project. We are all looking forward to taking part in this exciting environmental initiative.
Barnet Council and Earthwatch are joining forces to plant a Tiny Forest in the borough and GoodGym are mobilising to help!
A Tiny Forest is a dense and rapidly growing native woodland in a small area. It will provide a protected habitat for wildlife, capture carbon, filter the air of harmful particulates and reduce flooding and soil loss. You can find out more about the benefits of a Tiny Forest on the Earthwatch Website.
The project will need volunteers to plant the trees, build fences and look after it over the next year or two while it takes hold and develops. We hope that GoodGym members will be at the forefront of these efforts!
Planting is due to take place at the end of this year. In the run-up to that we are organising a few events to get familiar with the proposed site (off the North Circular, near Henlys Corner) and tell everyone more about Tiny Forests.
So please join us for a bit of litter picking and an information session. There will also be an optional Yoga/fitness session after for those who want to stay behind.
Goodgym Barnet are looking to help develop several small protected plantings of trees through Barnet. ( A Micro Forest)
A Micro Forest is a dense and rapidly growing native woodland in a small area. It will provide a protected habitat for wildlife, capture carbon, filter the air of harmful particulates and reduce flooding and soil loss.
Besides these important local effects, it is symbolic of our need to protect our wider environment and it is hoped it will provide an education and emotional engagement of our community. It’s also something that we will have to physically nurture as a group. Its a great fit for Goodgym!
The Council is interested in the project but we need as many people as possible to support the idea. For the moment please register your interest here and we will keep you up-to-date with what is happening as a rolling community mission. If you have ideas about how to promote this to the community please also get in touch. We want schools, community groups, artisans, news media and others to get involved.
Thanks to Daniel Mermelstein for introducing the idea to Goodgym Barnet.
Ten GoodGym members gathered at Stephen’s house and gardens to help the bothy gardeners. We gathered in a socially distant circle to number up and chat about our favourite celebrity encounter. These ranged from dinner with the Beckhams, passing the salt to Jude Law, chatting with David Attenborough, and strange encounters with Hugh Laurie. (So much more to find out for next time!) After we had finished the celebrity gossip Alison took us to the Bothy garden and split us into three teams. One team swept the paths, another swept the sand back in to the sandpit (that’s kids for you) and the last group gathered wood in the compound for chipping. We Just had a little time left to do some gentle warm down stretches on the Bothy lawn. A magical quiet spot within the gardens and Bothy walls. Thanks for coming and doing some good. Shout out for Judith on her first visit and for Rachel getting over the maagical 50 good deeds.
Terapia is one of the leading Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and Counselling training organisation in the UK. Providing highly specialised counselling, psychotherapy and bespoke mental health services for young people, children, parents and families. The Bothy garden is used by the staff, students, and patience. It was constructed in 1879-81, to H.C Stephens’ design for agricultural ‘sheds’ designed as a walled garden and farm buildings. The walled garden was taken over by a group of dedicated volunteers who began to rescue it and return it to public use which continues to this day. The garden walls were repaired in 1999 with the assistance of a grant from the Rose Foundation. It is open to the public on sundays and needs the support of volunteers. We will help the gardener.
Meet at the main entrance in the car park opposite the zebra crossing. At the end if time we will do some (SD) group fitness training. optional
Teresa has helped keep other people motivated, Teresa has noticed what others have done and cheered 10 people. We doff our caps to you Teresa.
Nine neat Goodgym members gathered at a new green space called the Finchley way. It was the site of a grand old house that would have dominated the area in the 1800. It is now a rather large mound of earth, which we gathered below to listen to Alan from the friends group.(who are looking to develop the site ) Alan was very meticulous in his description of potential hazards for the task ahead. He even mentioned wild bees (something I have never talked about in a safety briefing .... how little do I know!) Most of us were put to work clearing bushes from the fence line to allow a view onto the grass. We then moved the cut branches into a pile for collection by the council. Others were litter picking. After this was completed Richard took us further into the wood which was being cleared by other volunteers. Including our own Diane who had arrived early and had been appropriated into another working party. ( Give her a cheer for her enthusiasm as she had already done a massive delivery for Colindale food bank!) We got a view of the grade 2 listed flats built in the 1900 and told the story of why they were built. Then all of a sudden a lady was rushing towards us ripping off her shirt as she was being accosted by wild bees. It was at his point that our enthusiasm for history and strange communes wanned and we headed back out to the relative safety of the grass. We then headed home.(all except Diane who was still working in the wood). Thanks for coming and doing good. Lets hope the bees find a new home for our next visit as there is so much more to see and do here.
Give everyone a cheer! (click on the red name to do so) Saba whos approaching her 100 good deeds Aase on 19 good deeds and cycles everywhere! Kirsten for her sawing technique and 23 good deeds. Niki litter picking duty and a regular with 8 GD Manish A welcome new member and litter picker on the night TeresaA welcome new member and litter picker Harry Sawing an enormous log and the last to exit the swarming wood.(except for Diane)
keep moving and remember always BEE careful!
Finchley Way Open Space help the friends.
Exciting new open space development.
Come, help and learn some of the history of this unique site that has been left to the people of Finchley. The area first appears in records in the mid-fifteenth century when it was known as Warren’s Gift. More recently it was the site of Brent Lodge house and garden, built in 1810, owned by Mr F A Hamilton from 1865 until 1902. Brent Lodge was put up for sale in 1907 with an estate of 26 acres. It was then a substantial mansion described as “in the Italian style”. The house and gardens were the site of an early 20th century experiment in co-operative housekeeping pioneered by Alice Melvin, a Finchley resident and supporter of the garden cities movement. It was later demolished and the site was given over as green space.
Work Parties Saturday 15 August- 2.30 to 4.30pm Tuesday 18 August - 6.30 to 8.30pm Sunday 23 August -10.30am to 12.30pm
Litter Pick and Vegetation Clearance on The Green Field and in the“wild”areas. Please meet at the entrance to The Green Field in Finchley Way,N31AG.
Contacts Alan and Suzanne.Friends of Finchley Way All welcome. Please wear boots and bring gardening gloves.Bags and litter pickers provided. Children welcome if accompanied by an adult.