0 Month Streak
5 Month Streak
Sat 21st Jan at 10:00am
Bromley Report written by Lewisham runner
Loads more lovely, carbon-absorbing, wildlife-sheltering young trees were planted in Alexandra Recreation Ground this morning, continuing the hedgerow creation work of last weekend, again with a mix of local volunteers. This time GoodGymers Cat, Ria, Laura and Linda joined the team for a variety of tasks including digging holes, settling the saplings into their new home, and wheelbarrowing mulch across the park to add at the base as a way of holding in moisture and preventing weeds from robbing the new growth of nutrients.
We finished by recycling Christmas tree fronds to form a protective dead hedge which will, over time, rot down to enrich the earth, meaning our festive waste is giving something back!
Finally, wooden fencing has begun to be installed as an extra shield for the delicate plants – while they are getting established, this will help to ensure that they don’t get damaged by stray footballs from the playing field.
After a long but rewarding session, another 10 metres of mixed hedgerow was added… to be continued!
Sun 8th Jan at 10:30am
On a sunny Sunday morning, eight GoodGymers came out braving the cold and earlier rainy weather to help re-landscape Alberta Communal Garden as Peter had planned for us to take up a row of concrete slabs as the path was too wide and they needed space of the trees to grow.
In two different teams, we got a system going of using crowbars and shovels to lift up the concrete slabs before another two people came along to pick them up and take them to the trolley where Elizabeth, Linda and Sam gently put them in piles away from the task and stored to one side for another task in the future.
After 45 minutes, we were done with the main task as we took out 55 slabs from the first row. Thus, with the last 15 minutes we filled in the gaps with mulch and anything from nearby.