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Eimear went on a group run

Mon 27th Jun at 6:30pm

Raiders of the Lost Park

Tower Hamlets Report written by Laura Williams

Sunny, warm and picturesque: that's how we like our tasks in Tower Hamlets.

And so it was a group of 9 came to meet Marcelo from the Parks team this balmy Monday evening.

Some of us met at the Town Hall Hotel steps, glad to be free of makeshift home work stations for the day, armed with the perfect excuse to head out. Others met us at the task, at the north east corner of huge, bustling, beautiful Victoria Park, on bike and foot.

Trash treasure

There Marcelo met us, complete with gloves galore; sturdy bin bags and bin bag hoops, the ultimate volunteering accessory (the bin bag hoop enables you to bag your trash treasure with infinitely more ease, much-appreciated when tackling dubious-looking damp items, and weighty vodka bottles).

We were dispatched all over this hidden woodland area, close to the Park's yard, which Marcelo explained didn't get a lot of visitors. We discussed the future of this area, which, although a bit of a litter hotspot, is also a sanctuary to much wildlife, with bundles of potential.

As always it was a companionable, active way to start the week. After navigating uneven, rocky, dense terrain for nearly an hour, we grabbed our litter bags and accompanied Marcelo to the commercial bin.

Piling the trash high, we posed for our final pics, promising to return soon for Woodland TLC Part II.

Next week,

...we're back at the Cemetery Park, to continue clearing those woodland paths.

Until then.

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Eimear
Eimear signed up to a group run.

Mon 27th Jun at 6:30pm

MONDAY NIGHT GROUP RUN: The Victoria Park litter-pick

We return to the park for some woodland litter-picking...

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Mon 20th Jun at 6:30pm

Just the thicket

Tower Hamlets Report written by Laura Williams

A small group of runners gathered at the Cranbrook Community Centre to help Janet and Eileen give the garden a good tidy.

Why were we doing this?

Cranbrook Community Centre has been serving the Cranbrook Estate and local area for many years, and Janet and Eileen are active members of the TRA.

They often need a hand clearing the area around the Community Centre. Tonight's task involved cutting back high hedges, gathering leaves from the borders, and raking weeds, leaves and litter from the Community Centre garden.

A fabulous hour's work

What initially looked like a lot of work for our small team, was in fact no match for the productive GoodGymers who blitzed the tasks in less than an hour.

Si and Leo headed out to the side hedge with secateurs and loppers; Emma and Eimear to the front borders and Liz and Fiona to the garden front and back.

Bags and bins were filled; debris disposed of, photos posed for... It was a lovely, companionable way to spend a warm and bright Monday evening. Shout-outs to the whole team this evening, (including Emma who came up with tonight's lovely pun).

And then it was 8 and we were saying our farewells, assuring Janet and Eileen we'd return soon.

Until then.

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John Shirley

Tue 21st Jun at 3:19pm

well done everyone, see yoiunext week

John Shirley

Tue 21st Jun at 3:20pm

(you know what I mean. I don't know how to type).

Laura Williams

Tue 21st Jun at 9:59pm

See you soon John!

Eimear
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Mon 20th Jun at 6:30pm

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Eimear went on a group run

Mon 13th Jun at 6:30pm

Living on the hedge

Tower Hamlets Report written by Laura Williams

Skies were blue, sun was out, temperature mild...It was the perfect backdrop to a terrific Monday evening task.

We were due at the Hollybush Estate at 7pm, to help Margaret trim the laurel hedge, by the family area.

Why were we doing this?

The laurel hedge bordering the fences of the estate's allotments and garden is pretty, no doubt. It creates an important microclimate for the raised vegetable beds belonging to the estate's residents.

However, it can grow a little high, and it can grow outwards, taking over vegetable beds, making the area hard to access, as well as becoming a bit of a pest to pedestrians as they navigate narrow pavements on the other side of the fence.

And so it was up to a 14-strong team, to help Margaret of the TRA chop the laurel and other greenery back, bagging and binning, sweeping and clearing as they went.

It was hot, it was hunger-inducing but it was successful. And it was an upper body extravaganza, as the team reached for the higher branches, working skilfully in pairs to tackle the hardest-to-reach top of the hedge in the absence of a step ladder.

As always time, flew, and it wasn't long before we were tying the handles of the last bin liners; sweeping up the final lime-green laurel leaves and posing for that farewell pic. And congratulating our Liz on her 50th good deed :)

We split into three groups at 8pm: those running back to the hotel; those heading home for dinner, and those stopping at the pub to rehydrate.

Until next time.

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Sam Lefevre
Eimear
Eimear signed up to a group run.

Mon 13th Jun at 6:30pm

MONDAY NIGHT GROUP RUN: Hollybush Estate' June gardening catch-up, and mulch-moving

Margaret's been in touch with a whole array of important summer gardening tasks...

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Eimear went on a group run

Mon 1st Nov 2021 at 6:30pm

Bonjour, tout le pond!

Tower Hamlets Report written by Laura Williams

Holding Out for a Hero

An 80s playlist and chocolate biscuits: what's not to like.

Yes, we started this week's Group Run listening to Bonnie Tyler's Holding Out for a Hero and eating Penguin biscuits.

Spirits remained high as the team motored through 30 minutes of mini-band work, leaving no fitness stone un-turned. We enjoyed endless hip abductions (those 'exercises your phyio nags you about'); rotator cuff work (ditto); crab walks (good for blitzing whole lower body) and then the team were most resilient and accepting (or maybe just resigned) in taking to the tarmac to do the lying-and-seated, band abs master class. Ouch. We completed the session with some stretches before heading over to the pond to meet remaining runners who'd decided 50 minutes of shovelling and wheeling was enough of a workout for a Monday evening.

Sand, mud and near misses

This was our last visit to the pond for the time being, an area that has been recreated and been built back bigger and better, thanks in part to the care and leadership of our task owner Michael.

Today's brief was another tough one: two teams; two piles of dense sand and mud. In each team, 3 were on shovelling and filling barrows; three on wheeling and emptying into the pond. Ouch, ouch, ouch (in a good way). If burning forearms, hamstring-loading and a good lat pullover substitute are your thing, do keep your eyes peeled for future pond tasks in January...

Lots of sand and soil was shifted; lots added to the pond (a few near misses, in my case, as I overlooked the role physics plays when it comes to dense loads and steep edges...).

Team. Did. Good.

What it all means

We heard how our work has helped speed up the creation of this task, making this new, important facility available to residents and locals even sooner; helps provide a habitat for newts and other wildlife and helps improve many aspects of human health along the way.

It was gone 8 when Team Mud were prised away from the last barrow. We gathered to hear Michael talk us through the pond's next phase of its journey, and eagerly awaited a rough idea of when we might return.

It's been an amazing few weeks at this task. Well done everyone - although there's no denying this is a fun, sociable and productive way to spend an evening, showing up on dark, damp nights for heavy lifting over treacherous terrain is also no mean feat.

(And, let's be honest, nor is pun writing, so a massive well done to our Joel for this evening's absolute beauty).

Until next time.

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