Mark Gilyead

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Leaf no leaves behind

Saturday 24th February

Written by Bromley runner

The first task of GoodGym Bromley's Super Saturday! At Beckenham Green we were tasked with clearing autumnal leaves from some plant beds to help the new bulbs break through as Spring nears. Millie grabbed the rake whilst Laura and Fiona dug in and pulled out last year's sheddings, and I bagged up behind them. Between us and the Friends we produced 8 black bags - amazing! They'll all be composted on the Green ready to fertilise the ground again.

We even got featured on the local Facebook - nice recognition, team 😊

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High Flyerers and Poster Boys

Monday 26th February

Written by Mark Gilyead (he/him)

Tonight we were helping out local heroes St Christopher’s Hospice, spreading the word about their Fun Walk fundraiser.

We split into two groups:

⚠️ The Poster Boys headed up to Crystal Palace Triangle (and may well have seen Gary Oldman in action?!)

✈️ Whilst the High Flyerers ran to South Norwood.

Many posters and flyers were distributed to local businesses. Hopefully the Fun Walk is successful and St Christopher's rake in loads of cash for their amazing end of life care!

Top stuff as always, team! ❤️‍🔥

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Spruce-ing up our local park

Saturday 24th February

Written by Cat

A small army of GoodGymmers, scouts, councillors and other local residents helped to plant a Tiny Forest of 600 trees in Cator Park on Saturday. Expertly stewarded by the Friends of Alexandra Recreation Ground and Cator Park and the team at Earthwatch, all of the planting, mulching and raking was completed in less than four hours and there was even time for tea and home made cake. Yum!

You can find out more about the Tiny Forest project here

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Celebrating 600 tiny miracles

Saturday 24th February

Written by Linda Gatley

So much positivity in the air in Cator Park today as volunteers of all ages gathered to plant 600 saplings forming a Tiny Forest – the first in Bromley and the first nationwide to be funded by community donations. To add to the excitement, there was an ITV News reporter in attendance, spreading the word about the environmental value of urban forests and telling the story of the community’s success in funding this ambitious project, spurred on by shared outrage at last year’s illegal felling of mature trees on neighbouring land.

GoodGymers Angela, Tatiana, Louise and Linda helped get the first planting session of the day off to a smooth start, working with Earthwatch experts to prepare the tiny trees representing 18 native species chosen as suited to local soil conditions. With most of the planting being done by families who contributed to the fundraising, we decided the best use of GoodGym muscle was to move mulch around the site for distribution amongst the saplings. Good muddy fun in the sun!

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Weed, don’t need no vegetation

Monday 19th February

Written by Mark Gilyead (he/him)

11 legends used their Monday night to get in a jog and a good weeding deed for TNG Youth Centre.

We kicked off the evening with names and the place we’d love to wake up in. Some spectacular choices ranging from Patagonia to Japan to Antarctica.

After a quick warm up we headed to Sydenham. This was a DIY session with nothing but us, our gloves and the weeds.

Some nasty brambles were no match for Molly, and Adam cleverly suggested a spot in the bushes across the road for our piles of vegetation 👌

Once we'd scraped, yanked and whispered (yup) all the weeds out, we headed round the corner to the (apparently) famous 'SNUFFLE' - a wine bar, cafe and dog groomers/spa, "probably for tax reasons", said Emma.

We headed back via a different route. We had a wallsit competition. Cat won! 🏆

And finally we did some stretches and a few of us had a beverage. NICE.

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Wet, wet, wet!

Sunday 18th February

Written by Bromley runner

Love may have been all around for Valentine's earlier in the week, but Sunday was soppy on another level!

GoodGym'ers David, Kelly (with a guest appearance by Ed), Rebecca, Mark and James met the Friends of Betts Park team at the end of the Croydon Canal to tool-up for the task ahead. We were led down to the playground, which resembled a boating lake because the accumulated winter 'gunk' around the edges was stopping water running off freely. We were put to work de-gunking, weeding and giving the space a much needed tidy up.

The team spread out and attacked the task from all sides. Rebecca proved to be effective with a rake, Kelly and David were deadly with a range of hand tools and Ed excavated an enormous amount of debris with a hoe and mini-scythe thingy! A trusty, rusty wheelbarrow was soon filled and then again, and again, and again...

A lot was accomplished in the time. The task was declared to be a success by the organisers and confirmed by kids pouring in to enjoy the freshly cleared area. With soggy socks and tired arms we headed back to the meeting point and got snippets of the area's fascinating history going back to 957AD. See you again soon Betts Park!

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