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Helping to maintain the Tiny Forest in Bensham
🗓Today 10:00am

📍Bensham Grove NE8 2XP

Come and help to spread some mulch!

DamuSam GittingsThomas Mather
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Damu went on a community mission

Sun 21st Apr at 10:00am

Mulch Ado About Nothing

Newcastle Report written by Damu

After a last minute SOS from Earthwatch, we found ourselves back at the Tiny Forest site in Bensham to help spread a big pile of mulch over the clay and soil where all the little trees were planted. It was great to see the progress of the trees in such a relative short space of time.

A massive shout out to Sam and Thomas for the shift they put in after only just returning from their honeymoon (CONGRATULATIONS!!) just a few hours before (a 48 hr journey home at that!), and being fuelled on Easter Egg breakfasts.

I feel at one with the mulch Thomas, Goodgym

With the sun shining, we got stuck in straightaway, with the mountainous pile looking a bit of a daunting task. But we quickly got into a rhythm, and what once looked mulch too mulch, we realised that the mulch gang were going to be winners.

It kind of looks like lava slowing flowing towards us Lorna, Living Woods

In just over two hours, we emptied the last bucket, and the area had been transformed. Not only does it now look mulch nicer, it also gives the trees a mulch better chance of thriving, by keeping weeds away and retaining all the lovely moisture.

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Damu signed up to a community mission.

Sun 21st Apr at 10:00am

Damu went on a group run

Tue 16th Apr at 6:15pm

Worming our way downstairs

Newcastle Report written by Anji Andrews (she/her)

Due to the Easter holidays our sessions have been a bit all over the place for a few weeks so it didn’t feel too weird doing a Tuesday session to help our friends at Ouseburn Trust. This fab charity maintains loads of green spaces around our Stepney Bank Stables space and it’s always a great workout. We’ve done so many sessions with these guys and they are always varied, everything from path clearing to litter picking and tree planting. It was lovely to join them for an evening task in daylight, and an added bonus of missing the rain by minutes!

This session had been billed as a Beginners session but alas no beginners were anywhere to be found. Instead, three regulars rocked up for this one, Damu starting early ahead of the pack to allow him to leave early without feeling guilty. What a superstar.

Tonight we were path edging on the steps to the Cumberland Arms, a popular thoroughfare through the network of paths connecting Ouseburn and the wider city. Path edging makes paths safer, clearer and has the added bonus of needing a lot of physical action to make a difference. We also learned the difference between Dutch hoes and British ones (one has a curved edge and one is flat) tonight which might come in handy one day. We unearthed and rendered temporarily homeless a number of worms tonight, but I’m sure the later rain helped them to find somewhere new pretty quickly! Hopefully you can see the difference we made in the before and after pictures.

We received an urgent referral today for some help at the Tiny Forest site in Bensham that needs some muscle and a few pairs of hands on it. Keep an eye out for that, it will be listed tomorrow for this weekend.

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Anji Andrews
Damu went on a community mission

Sun 14th Apr at 10:30am

Is this an acorny pun?

Newcastle Report written by Newcastle runner

Welcome to Ross for his first ever Goodgym mission.

Today we helped out at Nuns moor park helping local volunteers to plant some tress and some shrubs.

It is so lovely to see Nuns moor park coming to life. The space is blooming now and I can't wait to see what it looks like in the next coming years.

A definite must is suncream for any future Goodgym missions.

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Anji Andrews
Damu went on a community mission

Sat 13th Apr at 10:00am

Buzzing with activity

Newcastle Report written by Krishti

It was a massive turnout today morning, as we all headed down to Leazes Park to help out Urban Green. Today's task was to clear the top of the bushes at the edges of the park boundary. Some of the bushes and ivy was encroaching on the adjacent pavement and we needed to clear it out. Mike was there with his hedge trimmer. With so many of us there, we got so much done! It was definitely an eventful morning!

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Anji Andrews