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Drainage Digging at Petersham Common
🗓Monday 26th February 6:45pm

📍Tap Tavern TW9 1ED

Keeping the green spaces of Richmond Borough in good health

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Mon 26th Feb at 6:45pm

Drainage Digging at Petersham Common

Keeping the green spaces of Richmond Borough in good health

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Mon 29th Jan at 6:45pm

Binded by the lights

Richmond Report written by Liz (She/her)

Starting with a little 'woop' that we have smashed our January challenge targets, Sam led the warm-up and we headed off on the steady run uphill towards the Star and Garter.

We have been working on traditional hedgerow laying with Ken for the last couple of months. Ken keeps a very watchful eye for quality and technique but it's definitely worth it, the results look amazing along the roadside!

This evening there was more pleaching and post bashing that we have done on previous tasks, plus some up-skilling in binding using wood cut at a GoodGym Kingston task to bind the posts and keep it all in place while waiting for the hedgerow to start growing and strengthening around itself.

Ken had unfortunately discovered the previous posts has been stolen before they could be put in place so this evening's task ended with some lifting work to hide the remaining posts out of sight.

Ending with a run back to our start point, Lucy was keen to clock up a full 5km so we took the long route back, taking in the river reflections as we headed back to Richmond Green.

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Sun 28th Jan at 10:00am

The house sparrow always wins

Richmond Report written by Sam

This weekend we flocked to our local parks, gardens and the riverside to take part in the RSPB's annual Big Garden Birdwatch. Across the country the nature charity has already had nearly 5 million sightings, including 672,736 house sparrows and 553,744 blue tits topping the charts. Results can be submitted to the RSPB until February 18th so there's plenty of time to log yours.

Here is a summary of what GoodGymmers in Richmond, Kingston and beyond saw on their watch.

Marie Noelle and Jade - What a great way to spend an hour on such a lovely morning. Sadly no birds have landed yet here but that might be down to the sleeping fox!

Lily - Quite a few sparrows in my garden, living in beech trees. Counted six but there were more hiding further in.

Ken - Sky (my youngest daughter) and I went to the White Cross Pub to do the RSPB Bird Watch. We counted 188 birds! (It is a really good spot!). We had 51 Black headed gulls, 36 rock doves (AKA pigeons!), 21 herring gulls, 16 mallards, 12 Canada Geese, and then handfuls of others (Mandarin ducks, moorhen, mute swans, heron, parakeets, and cross between a domestic duck mallard duck). Eleven different species in total.

Charlotte - I was in Richmond Park where I could hear and see a lot of birds. Particularly crows and parakeets.

Rachel - None of the birds stayed long enough for me to take a photo but I saw 4 blue tits, 1 sparrow, 1 robin, 1 thrush, 2 pigeons and 2 jackdaw.

Jassy - Just one robin holding the fort.

Adam, Rosie, Sam, Africa, Chris, Jp and Teresa made it back-to-back GG sessions after a morning leaf clearing task. We walked over to Moormead Park and took a pew on a perfectly circular bench for 360° views. But even with the guide sheets that eager beaver Rosie had printed off, identifying the different species on a bright yet wintry morning proved challenging for us novice twitchers. Still, we counted gold-, green- and chaffinch, a pair of blackbirds, magpies and plenty of woodpigeon.

Teresa - I was very excited to spot every bird that landed and eagerly called over Sam with his binoculars to inspect and identify the right bird. A very enjoyable morning with a spot of sunshine and the birds.

Thanks to Claire for sending pics and summaries from your GG Kingston friends.

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Mon 29th Jan at 6:45pm

Hedgerow Laying on Petersham Common

Enchancing biodiversity to provide vital native songbird habitat

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Sat 20th Jan at 10:30am

Chop, chop!

Kingston upon Thames Report written by Rachel White

We met up with Ken in Surbiton on a chilly Saturday morning to assist with coppicing hazel. We met in a housing estate which threw us off the meeting point as it seemed an unlikely place when the local park was a few hundred metres away. It was correct though as behind a fence there was a small parcel of land that had been sold off to developers. Ken was allowed access to collect hazel stakes and sticks for his dead hedge project in Petersham Common.

Ken explained how vital the hedges were for wildlife and showed us how to use the different hand tools correctly so we didn't hurt ourselves when we cut the sticks. After the talk we set to work coppicing the sticks and taking off the small branches and twigs so it was smooth. This was so the sticks could be woven into the hedge creating an environment that the wildlife loves.

It took about an hour and a half and in that time Ken had started a fire, boiled water and made us a round of hot drinks. Delicious! Especially with a vegan Oreo.

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Mon 22nd Jan at 11:50am

A very satisfying activity!

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Mon 15th Jan at 6:45pm

LumberJack!

Richmond Report written by Liz (She/her)

A drop in temperature did nothing to drop spirits this evening for our weekly group run!

The group started as ever with an intro and warm-up outside Tap Tavern, with a very special mention for member Jack, who got engaged over Christmas 🙌🏼💍❤️

A steady run up hill took us to the Star & Garter, where task owner Ken was waiting for us to hand out tools and wisdom about the ancient craft of hedgerow laying. We have been working on this area of hedgerow over the past couple of months and it really looks impressive from the road through Petersham Common. Unfortunately, the large stakes we had been planning to bash into place appear to have been stolen but there was still plenty to be done 'pleaching' the trees that would weave into the hedgerow that has already been created. You can view the action here: https://www.instagram.com/reel/C2IugF8IaFJ/?igsh=MmI0NmZ1bHFpZm5r

There are plenty more green tasks coming up over the winter, a brilliant reason to get yourself outdoors when you're seeking motivation to shift the blankets!

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Fri 29th Dec 2023 at 10:00am

🎵 On the fifth day of Christmas, GoodGym Richmond gave to me, WHITE BOLD WINGS! 🎵

Richmond Report written by Liz (She/her)

A merry Twixmas task on the 5th day of Christmas, on Petersham Common to continue traditional hedgerow laying, a task we started earlier in December and are back to complete in January. This traditional method of hedgerow habitat creation involves lot of manual work: clearing the working area, pleaching the young trees, knocking in posts and weaving in wood to create the top part.

Above all of that though, the group gathered to celebrate Beth reaching 100 tasks. In only eleven months since joining too. Sal brought along her wonderful homemade brownies and a new set of wings for Beth to wear, Jp and Liz sorted the group card, Ken boiled up fresh coffee on his storm kettle (with a little cheeky Bailey's to add after the task) and the whole team brought the warm hugs and appreciation.

A massive congratulations and thank you for everything you do for the people we help in Richmond, and for GoodGym Richmond itself too. In Beth's own lovely words:

"I love GoodGym, I talk about it all the time... it's just exactly what I was looking for when I moved to the area."

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