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AxelleAndyKatie FellowsBethan GreenawayDavidFred Collman

Pod save the plog

Wednesday 20th March

Written by Anwen Greenaway

We have eyes and ears everywhere, and this week it was Axelle's turn to direct us to the litter hot spots of West Oxford. After a pleasant jog the back route to our rendez-vous point we exchanged podcast recommendations as this weeks ice-breaker. For your listening delight here are the GG Oxford Top of the Pods:

  • Adam Buxton
  • Who trolled Amber Heard
  • Gardeners World
  • Just one thing
  • Dungeons and Daddies
  • Changes by Annie Mac
  • The rest is history
  • My favourite murder
  • This podcast will kill you
  • The rest is entertainment
  • Taskmaster the peoples podcast
  • Blank check
  • 28 ish days
  • Ukraine cast
  • Bad women
  • Things fell apart
  • How to fail
  • Duolingo Intermediate French

Then on to the more serious business of clearing up the trash. It's always quite interesting the different litter we find in different parts of town. This is an area full of retail parks, so although we picked up the usual food detritus we were surprisingly low on booze cans and bottles this week.

Welcome to GoodGym Andy! Always a joy to have Django the pup along, and glad to have made Botley a little safer for his paws.

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Matt BurtonLaura CandyHenry GibsonAxelleBen GremsonFred Collman

Clutching at Straws

Wednesday 13th March

Written by Anwen Greenaway

The brief: Plot a route around as many of the Oxford Monopoly board locations as you can in an hour.

The tasks: Take litterpickers and plog as you go, and see how many GoodGym posters you can put on display around the city.

The scoring system: 1 point for every monopoly board location you make it to, 1 point for every GoodGym Task related item you spot along the way, 5 points for every GoodGym poster you put up.

This game/task brought out some serious competitive streaks in our running and walking teams. Sneaky tactics were used, like dividing the group to reach more locations, sprinting to an extra monopoly board square with 3 minutes to go, and deploying the (ex) Lord Mayor as a GG Task related item. Fun and exercise was had, we raised awareness of GoodGym, picked up plenty of litter, and it was a quirky way to plot a walk/run route around town.

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Henry GibsonEllie EvansBecky
Fred CollmanOliver

If you go down to the woods today

Wednesday 6th March

Written by Anwen Greenaway

Altogether now, to the tune of The Teddy Bears' Picnic

If you go down to the woods today
You’re sure of a big surprise
If you go down to the woods today
you’d better take plogging supplies!

For all the trash that ever there was
Is gathered there for certain because
The woods are where the litter bugs go to hang out

Litter pick time for GoodGymers
The GoodGym crew are having a smelly time tonight
Watch them pick up clothes and cans
On a litter pick in the Magdalen Wood

See them hunt for all the trash
They love to clean it up
They never leave any thing behind
Then plastic and bottles are bagged up and dragged out
And left for the truck to remove
Cos it’s home time for the GoodGymers.

Tonight's oddest litter finds:
A toy helicopter, 4 shopping baskets, sunglasses, a coat.

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AndyHenry GibsonMeganJustin WettersTrevSarah McFadden

We. Love. Big. Butts and we cannot lie

Wednesday 21st February

Written by Anwen Greenaway

We had the perfect task for our birthday week - a very targeted (read small) leaflet drop for the City Council flood defence team, which very conveniently finished pretty much at the door of the Jolly Post Boys pub.

The leaflets are an offer of free water butts for residents of an area which has been affected by sewer flooding. The council has funding for 200 water butts, and the idea is that preventing/slowing rainfall reaching the drainage system will help prevent sewer flooding in future.

As we've been known to deliver nearly 1000 leaflets in an hour the 200-ish houses targeted by these leaflets took us no time at all, and with our run done pre-task we were able to regroup at the pub for drinks and food to mark GoodGym Oxford's 5th Birthday.


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JuliaKitty HowieBen GremsonSarah McFaddenEllieFred Collman

Star-tling what you find when litter picking

Wednesday 7th February

Written by Anwen Greenaway

Last night we went WEST out of our normal East Oxford/Marston stamping ground. We know there are some litter hot spots on and around the Botley Road, and the challenge is to time our litter picks there when the undergrowth is not too dense but the river isn't in flood.

Our clean up crew divided into 2 teams with one heading towards the grot spots along the river, and the other heading to Oatlands Recreation Ground. Some exceptional litter finds were uncovered, from items of clothing to car registration plates, a fire extinguisher, cuddly emoji star, an Unidentified Netty Object (is it a hammock? Is it a fishing net?), but no papier maché spear this time.

Snacks were had to celebrate Bethan's 21st-and-a-bit birthday, and then we scattered into the night feeling just a little bit smug and virtuous for our clean up efforts.

Lovely to have a GG tourist join us from Southampton tonight. Good to meet you Ellie!

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AxelleKim DaviesOliverFred CollmanSophie Wilkinson

P-p-p-pick up a pizza

Wednesday 31st January

Written by Anwen Greenaway

We don't litter pick for the free pizza, but it sure helps!

Last night we set out to litter pick the Marston cycle path along Marston Ferry Road. It's an area which has been reported to us in the past so it has been on our radar, but this was our first attempt to clean it up.

With a full team of GoodGymers we were able to divide into 3 teams and fan out into different areas of Marston to litter pick. We sent a group out along the Oxford Road, another over to Marsh Lane, and the 3rd group headed up the cycle path. Although during our initial recce the area had seemed fairly clean, we were soon picking up plenty of fast food wrappers, cigarette butts, drinks cans, and even someone's airpods (which we will try to reunite with the owner if they ever dry out). Ellie's group win GoodGymers of the week award for litterpicking outside the pizza shop (very mucky) and getting gifted a large pizza as thanks - they were even kind enough to bring it back to share with the whole group!

Welcome to GoodGym Kim, and also Remy the pup!

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