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Asad Kara went on a community mission

Sun 10th Sep at 1:30pm

Sunday afternoon Foodbank session

Tower Hamlets Report written by Fiona M

Two Goodgymers helped out the regular foodbank team to sort food and toiletries ready to be handed out to clients on Monday. We sorted, counted, stacked and weighed the new donations. Then it was all hands on deck for the final countdown to 3:30pm to unload a fresh food delivery.

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Asad Kara went on a community mission

Mon 6th Feb at 7:00pm

The tree’s knees

Tower Hamlets Report written by Laura Williams

A fantastic team of 14 met in Devons Road this evening, with Ken and Terry from the Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park.

Why were we here?

Ken explained that this planting project undertaken by the Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park is helping to create a green corridor through this area of East London.

What does that mean?

Well, by populating the Lea Valley Green Route (the area from Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, out to Bow Docks and on to the Lea Valley), with bulbs, plants and trees, we’re essentially making more nature available to more residents.

It will allow more wildlife to move between the Lee Valley, and the Lee Valley Park, into the Borough.

Creating ‘stepping stones’ in this way, between green space and urban street spaces, benefits everyone: green spaces that are inhabited by wildlife, trees and plants, not only mean more areas for all residents to enjoy, they can also help to reduce the effects of pollution, often an issue in large cities.

What we were planting

Terry talked us through the mix of trees we were settling into the ground, which included:

Purging Buckthorn (Google that one)

Grey Willow







Wild Privet

Various factors were involved in the choice of the trees, including:

  • Comfort (avoiding too many thorns, so litter-picking isn’t too much of a mission).

  • Butterfly appeal (the Brimstone butterfly seeks out buckthorn on which to lay its eggs).

  • Green-ness (beech and hornbeam tend to hang onto their leaves).

  • …And a general ambition that plenty of berries and flowers will come out at different times with this mix, and attract insects.

Speedy work

Our large team set about this big planting mission, all around the park, following careful, precise instructions from Ken.

Tree after tree was produced for the GoodGymers to expertly settle into their new home.

No sooner had the obligatory pictures been taken, and the final few poorly-lit areas been populated with trees, than Ken called it a wrap.

200 trees in less than an hour! Way. To. Go.

We collected tools, loaded the wheelbarrows, posed for one last group shot, before saying our cheerios for the night.


The big cheers this week go to:

  • Clare, whose first GoodGym event it was! Well done Clare, hope to see you again very soon.

  • Johnny, for saving the location day, and speedily dropping the all-important pin.

  • Kevin, our brilliant head torch technician…

And most of all, to Ken and Terry for three, fabulous Monday nights out in Tower Hamlets.

Next week

...we’re back to Devons Road, for another big gardening task with St Leonard’s Priory Park!

Until then.

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John Shirley

Tue 7th Feb at 2:40pm

Well done everyone, sorry to miss it

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Mon 6th Feb at 7:00pm

THE BIG MONDAY NIGHT TASK: Planting trees with Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park team, in Bromley-By-Bow

Come and join Ken and Terry of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, as we plant a lot of trees.

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Asad Kara
Asad Kara went on a community mission

Sat 21st Jan at 1:00pm

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Asad Kara signed up to a community mission.

Sat 21st Jan at 1:00pm

Saturday afternoon session at The Felix Project's Poplar depot

Come and join this busy task for the second of our two regular Saturday shifts.

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Asad Kara done a 6 month mission streak. 😎

Saturday 17th December 2022

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Asad Kara done a 6 month mission streak.

Asad just completed a six month streak of doing missions. That’s so many bags of garden rubbish cleared and jobs done to help someone out and put a smile on their face. Give Asad a cheer to encourage them to keep up the good work.

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Asad Kara signed up to a community mission.

Sat 17th Dec 2022 at 1:00pm

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Asad Kara went to a social

Wed 16th Nov 2022 at 7:00pm

A Wapping good turn-out

Tower Hamlets Report written by John Shirley

For this month’s social, we descended on the Wapping Tavern, a former warehouse and Pizza Express where Wednesday night is quiz night and there are many game options downstairs, none of which we took up.

The persistent rain hadn’t deterred our ten knights of the round table and even the quiz didn’t disturb the conversation as we took over the big table in the corner and discussed Australia, fitness bands, vegan beer, the World Cup, absent friends, GoodGym romances and the Goo Goo Dolls, among many other things.

A special welcome to Mira, here for her first TH social, having arrived in Wapping via Finland, the Midlands, Bournemouth and Ealing. And thanks to Laura for all the pictures.

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