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Group Run - 18 Jun - Windmill Hill City Farm veg bed dig
đź—“Tuesday 18th June 6:20pm

đź“ŤGG Corner of Queen Square BS1 4JE

The veg bed will be looking less weedy and generally much better

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Tue 18th Jun at 6:20pm

Group Run - 18 Jun - Windmill Hill City Farm veg bed dig

The veg bed will be looking less weedy and generally much better

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Fri 14th Jun at 8:00am

Unwind for the weekend

Bristol Report written by Melanie Young (she/her)

A rare blue sky was the backdrop for the morning’s Friday Farm Frolics as we recce’d the site for Tuesday’s bed digging, making a start on the bindweed invasion CV lie to the perimeter of the farm.

We reckoned on three wheelbarrows for the 35 minutes and only just got away with it as the six of us were so efficient with our unwinding time.

It was great to welcome Sarah to her first GoodGym session - we hope to see you again soon.

Always nervous of adding bindweed to a main compost heap, we parked the three very full barrows by the compost heaps for someone else to make the decision of where it should go, before we set off to homes, offices and coffee at Loaf - always a great start to a Friday:

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Fri 14th Jun at 8:00am

GoodGym Bristol x Great Big Green Week: Friday Farm Frolics - 14 June

Our local community farm is tidier for the enjoyment of all

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Tue 28th May at 6:20pm

Lettuce - eat cake

Bristol Report written by Melanie Young (she/her)

It was back to Hannah More Primary School this evening to have a tidy up of the playground, field, front of school, chalk boards and veg patches during the "Spring" half-term in predictable rain showers.

We welcomed James to his very first GoodGym task and he joined the walkers whilst Richard B led the runners over the bridge and (not very) far, far away.

Ruth was there to greet us with litter picking, chalk board cleaning, veg patch weeding (is this one a weed?) and sand sweeping all happening with GoodGymmers scampering all over the school's outside space.

As ever, we were on the hunt for treasure and before long top picks were a buried dinosaur (top archaeological excavating or litter picking, whichever it was) and a plastic cake which was added to the general sense of celebrations for Melanie's 1000th good deed - all surpassed by the amazing 1000 badge hand made by the lovely Richard G who'd had the foresight to waterproof it to save us all being covered in glitter. His graphic design skills are, as ever, second to none.

Vaguely Northern Darren set about capturing photographic evidence of all that was going on...

It turned out most of the chalk boards were undercover - surely being exposed to the rain would make them self-cleaning, if utterly impractical for ever drawing on - Valè and James made short work (they were having to kneel down to get the bottom of the low boards) of turning them very black indeed, whilst nearby Caroline was sweeping with the small broom which she much preferred to the bigger one on offer.

Runners turned litter-pickers Richard B, Ed, Gareth and Ryan resisted the urge to play on the outdoor equipment whilst scouring the grounds - how do they do that? Multiple bags were collected ready for the skip later and added to by Team Weeds - starting with the quite obvious couch grass (although that did prove not so simple by the onions) before progressing onto flatter weeds, Jason, Frances, Jo and James left the beds looking much tidier than when we'd started, and most of the actual vegetable plants still in place.Richard G moved on to the edges of the planters and expertly replanted some cornflowers to a raised bed instead of clinging on to the planter edge for dear life.

We were soon wrapping up as the rain re-started and moved on to the newly painted and furnished staff room (courtesy of some corporate volunteers) where we had the luxury of wash-hand basins before Ruth delighted us with coffee and walnut cake, more chat and a celebratory photo to mark Melanie's 1000th.

Running and walking back, and finding no speed dating at Workout, we were able to enjoys pots of tea (other drinks are available) and more celebratory cookies and our traditional party rings with Paul and Danica who'd called in to say hello. James was well and truly inducted into the random conversations of Bristol GoodGym.

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Mon 27th May at 10:00am

Dadadeedoo, dadadadada dadadeedoo-oo, dadadadada,

Bristol Report written by Melanie Young (she/her)

Camouflage was the name of the game at Brunswick Cemetery Gardens this Bank Holiday Monday with GoodGymmers hiding high and low amongst the vast expanse of weeds that have sprung up in the warm (-ish) and definitely damp spring.

David, as ever, took things to the extreme, helped along by Frances reliving her childhood escapades of attaching sticky bud to fellow humans.

Ruben and Jakub disappeared with Di on the hunt for bindweed to unravel amongst the rose bushes, Helen, David, Janka and Jason joined Jo on a mission to rediscover the grave and path at one of the entrances whilst Melanie was joined by Frances to de-buttercup and de-bindweed a side bed.

Most of us then moved to the main area of the park to concentrate on bindweed and buttercup seed heads as the dumpy sacks were too heavy for any more soil from paths.

When it was time to finish up, the normal warnings weren’t heeded at all and the Choir Master, Frances suggested either continually singing the Countdown theme or The Final Countdown, the latter earworm going very well until the bit where the words actually start.

Everyone then decamped for coffee and/or lunch after dropping the tools to Di’s lockup, Elemental was closed, Cafe Kino was full but The Canteen had a big outside table and a lovely menu to choose from so the fun and chat continued addressing such top philosophical debates as “is there a market for secondhand epilators”.

Thanks for the extra photos, Helen. See you all tomorrow!

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Fri 24th May at 8:00am

Not to be tansyed with.

Bristol Report written by David Head

After a few drops of rain and a most accurate weather forecast by Sarah the farm manager, the rain stopped at 8 and we began our task.

Caroline continued with her bindweed removal doing an amazing job in the allotments and Mel, Tim and Jason cleared a path and steps of weeds bringing back a glorious clean edge. We IDed a plant called a Tansy, that can be used as a substitute for sage apparently but please check the source.

A final picture by the atlas stone and we were off with joy, ready for the rest of Friday and the Back Holiday weekend.

đź‘Źeveryone

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Fri 24th May at 8:00am

Friday Farm Frolics

Our local community farm is tidier for the enjoyment of all

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Mon 27th May at 10:00am

Brunswick Bank Holiday Bonanza - 27 May

We can enjoy the sunny bank holiday and the cemetery will be lovely for everyone

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Tue 21st May at 6:20pm

Pick of the pond

Bristol Report written by Melanie Young (she/her)

It was lovely and summery when we met at Queens Square, welcoming Will and Osama to their first ever group run plus Ryan and Ruben back for their second.

The 8 runners set off, led by Richard B who bravely made sure there was some health and safety to go with the pick axe we were trusted with and remembered to take a before photo - thank you!

The 3 walkers were hot on their heels and really impressed with the pond digging as they set about distributing woodchip to the paths and bricks artistically laid around the planted areas otherwise lost among the tall grass - well done, Jason.

Caroline and Valè joined our four newest GoodGymmers shifting the soil, stones and bricks out of the newly designated pond area after Jordan had made short work of pick-axing the somehow-still-dry ground to loosen it up and make the mounds for landscaping.

Two good reasons for tidying up were to get out of the rain and to eat lovely cake and admire all the hard work.

Richard G and Melanie got totally soaked on the walk back despite Richard's very big umbrella.

Well done, everyone - I'm pretty sure the pond would be full by now with this rain if we'd had a pond liner!

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