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Mini-meadow cutting back! ✂️🌿 (drop in session)
🗓Sunday 2nd June 2:00pm

📍112 St. Dunstans Ave W3 6QL

Cutting back allows the meadow to thrive the following year, otherwise it has to compete with grass/weeds and gets smothered

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Sun 2nd Jun at 2:00pm

Mini-meadow cutting back! ✂️🌿 (drop in session)

Cutting back allows the meadow to thrive the following year, otherwise it has to compete with grass/weeds and gets smothered

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Sun 26th May at 2:00pm

Confetti from the Sky

Ealing Report written by StephDucat

Six goodgymers joined at Bixley Field Allotments for an afternoon of surprises. Kash, Beata, Anuj and Steph had lunch together and walked to the allotment with one thought in mind as had a heavy lunch after a morning community mission : lets have a nap!! Penny cycled and Christos ran to the site. Always a lot and new things to be done at Bixley. The group split and started digging around the pond, digging by the compost pile to make a path, cleared rubbish near the shed. Then it was a game of hide and seek as the weather decided to send confetti from the sky except it was wet and ruins our hair :-)at least for those who have some. Heavy showers : the team had to hide in the shed and in the usual polytunnel for a short while. Once over they wen back to their occupations. The sunglasses came back out. Steph Ducat and Kash started dancing behind the shed : dancing as were being stung by the growing weed, vine and thorns from the fence they were clearing. Christos was giving the tree on the path a nice hair cut in order for Mani and Steph to walk beneath it without needing to bend down. Meantime Penny, Beata and Anuj finished the digging and clearing around the pond. At the end of the session, the confetti from the sky had stayed away and our hair was not wet and did not get frizzier.

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Sun 26th May at 11:30am

Mind-flew-ness

Ealing Report written by Kash

Earthwatch invited GoodGym to a unique task during the Biodiversity Week. This time no muscle or sweating during a mulching half-marathon was required. The GoodGymers were going to be the brains instead! Scientists. Citizen scientists to be precise. They were sent to their local Tiny Forest in Southall to count pollinators and ground dwellers to help Earthwatch understand how Tiny Forests support the wildlife in towns and cities.

Imagine a group of Star Trek scientists beaming down to an unexplored planet's surface to search for signs of life with tricorders - that's us! Or maybe we looked like a jaded bunch staring at their phones instead of connecting with nature. But that couldn't be further from the truth. We needed our devices to run the surveys and upload the results on the Tiny Forest website. Otherwise, we kept all our senses in the highest state of awareness to not miss any butterfly, ant, bee or spider in sight. It was a meditative experience.

Anuj: "I've been told counting butterflies is good for your mental health."
Kash: "But there are no butterflies here."
Anuj: "Exactly"

Maybe we tried too hard to attain nirvana and see the butterflies, and that's why they didn't come. Ijo was close, being blessed by the presence of a honey bee and a ladybug, but no butterflies. She must have practised her meditation techniques before the mission - or maybe she tactically chose the best spot in the Tiny Forest, with a large flowering plant. Beata worked the hardest on her zen but didn't get much luck with butterflies. Steph Ducat decided to connect directly with the other side by lifting paving slabs in the forest and summoning the demons from the underworld: spiders, slugs, woodlice and centipedes.

Although we hoped to find more wildlife in the Tiny Forest, we suspected that the lack of flowers on the site might not have been in our favour. Hopefully, with more good deeds to keep the Southall Tiny Forest weed-free and sufficiently watered, we will accumulate enough good karma to make it a flourishing home for butterflies in the future. Nonetheless, it was an excellent contemplation exercise for connecting with nature and our innermost selves.

Anuj: "I managed to do 15 minutes of calmness at a time, the next time I can go up for 30 minutes!"

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Tue 11th Jun at 8:15pm

Bowling Social - Goodgym Ealing

Come join your fellow goodgymmers for a few games of bowling and a catch up after the task

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Sun 26th May at 2:00pm

May session @ Bixley Field Allotments 🌱

Help out a lovely community allotment in Southall

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Sun 12th May at 10:15am

Spectator Sort

Ealing Report written by Kash

Did you know that Jim Marshall, a guitar amp innovator, dubbed "the Father of Loud", worked in Hanwell? Marshall passed away in 2012, but his legacy of loud lives through a non-profit, free one-day festival: the Hanwell Hootie. On Saturday, live music was heard all across the town, from a local park, through a "busking boat", numerous pubs, a church and even a library. Loud in a library? Liberating, isn't it?

The Hanwell Community Library was the first place where six GoodGymers convened the next day after the festival to help with the teardown. Divya, who cycled to the task, beat everyone else to it. Anuj ran from the North-West and the rest of the runners from the East (think Acton junior parkrun).

One GoodGymer was coming from further East than that! John, a guest from Camden, ran from his area to us and, when reaching the library, he totalled nearly 20 km, thanks to a spontaneous decision to do an extra community mission in Ealing! Both John and Steph are training for next week's Hackney Half, so getting to the tasks on foot is a nice motivation booster for them.

Having quickly taken down the hessian that Sevan and Kash had put over the books on Friday, the group walked to Sandy Park where the task owner, June, awaited with a multitude of activities:

  • Taking down four tents
  • Cutting cable ties using various tools
  • Loading vans with boxes and folded gazebos
  • Riding at the back of the van
  • Organising the reusable Hootie-themed pint cups into boxes
  • Pondering whether the soggy, beer-scented cardboard is recyclable
  • Playing a game with the cups that Steph can explain better

The Hootie team supplied us with water and fruit to keep our energy levels up to a good standard in the direct sun and after all the running. June thanked us for our contribution to the Hootie and invited us to a post-Hootie catch-up for volunteers later. The GoodGymers headed towards the Clocktower in Hanwell for some coffee and food, after which some of us were ready for either more tasks, running, cycling or an afternoon nap.

That's where the GoodGym at Hootie 2024 story ends. Hanwell will remain a quiet town until next year. But who knows!

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Sat 11th May at 11:00am

Heritage Tree-o

Ealing Report written by Sevan

We were back helping HANGOT this morning at their Elthorne Triangle orchard, an area we know well as it's right next to the tool container that we use in Elthorne Park. Kash, Anuj and Sevan ran to the site in shorts and t-shirt as it was another warm, sunny day. They soon saw that the other volunteers were all wearing trousers as today's task was to clear hemlock, burdock and lots of nettles from around the trees.

The GoodGym trio took what they thought was the simplest task, to clear everything from around a heritage fruit tree that HANGOT had adopted and was believed to be over 100 years old! There was no need to decided what to cut, everything had to be cleared in a big ring around the tree.

When the got closer, they saw that there was a huge patch of nettles growing around the tree. Not great if you're in running shorts. The team bravely got stuck in to the task, helped by one of the HANGOT volunteers who cleared the way with a wickedly sharp scythe. They then raked and bagged the waste, adding it to a huge pile of cuttings to decompose.

With such a large group of volunteers, the session finished up early, allowing some to leave and enjoy today's Hanwell Hootie.

We'll have another session with HANGOT scheduled for one of their June events.

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Monday 6th May

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Anuj Sharma completed 10 good deeds with GoodGym.

Anuj has done 10 good deeds. They are a trusted GoodGym runner and are now eligible to join their local TaskForce.

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Mon 6th May at 10:00am

Excuse my Drench

Ealing Report written by Kash

On the Early May Bank Holiday, GoodGym Ealing had a different take on playing rock, paper, scissors.

The paper 📰, in the form of leaflets, was a weapon against something much more dangerous than rocks - waste 🗑️! The flyers to be distributed among residential houses around Ealing Broadway advertised a community project Ealing Sharing Space by the Circular Education Hub. At the same time, we dropped some leaflets for the Ealing Friends of the Earth.

In place of scissors, the greatest threat to the paper was water 💧. It seemed that we had picked the worst one-hour slot during the entire long weekend to do a leafletting task! Heavy rain was pouring out of the sky non-stop. The weather didn't scare off either the short-distance runners: Sevan and Kash, longer-distance runners: Steph Ducat and Anuj, or cyclists: Emmanuella and Alan.

A short briefing at the Ealing Broadway shopping centre explained that our aim for the morning was to promote free, weekly community events in Ealing Project cinema where residents can come together to share stories, skills (like sewing, upcycling, sustainable cooking), stuff (e.g. toys and books), and take practical steps against climate change.

We decided to target the houses between Ealing Broadway and Ealing Common. As we walked, discussions ensued about whether the streets we had picked were the good ones. The good ones usually mean streets with big houses converted to multiple flats or house sharing, but not necessarily expensive-looking family homes. We encountered a combination of residents' housing.

"This person drives the newest Porsche, I'm not going to drop leaflets there. They won't be interested in sustainable living."
"Was the car electric?"
"No."

"Maybe we are biased. Those who are better-off can be educated about sustainable living and interested in the activities we advertise."

The last street we hit was definitely a good one, with smaller houses and many letterboxes. That's when we ran out of leaflets that started getting damp. Those of us sporting weather-appropriate clothing held the flyers dearly under their jackets. The GoodGymers who had showed up today wearing t-shirts and sunglasses couldn't do much apart from still looking cool 😎 despite being soaked. With the distribution finished early, the drenched bunch marched back to the shopping centre to grab a coffee or hot chocolate ☕ to adjust their level of cosiness to an acceptable standard.

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