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Setting up a Tiny Forest for York
🗓Sunday 28th April 12:00pm

📍Somewhere in York YO?

Let's work together to launch a Tiny Forest in our area

Tristan FeatherbyRadu ChirvasutaMikki SwannSteve Rice
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Mitch went on a group run

Mon 8th Apr at 6:15pm

Midges put GoodGymers in Grave danger

York Report written by Ed Woollard (He/Him)

This week we started by presenting our GoodGymer of the month award marvelous Max, who has been active behind the scenes on the whatsapp community as well as being a more active and engaged taskforcer. Well done Max 🍾

We also awarded the Cape of Good Deeds to our fab co-area Activator Vicky, who was completing her 400th(!) Good Deed. Amazing effort. Give Max and Vicky a big cheer.

We then set off to York Cemetery with a nice run along the river, with some obligatory wall squats along the wall. Upon arrival we were greeted by superstar Clive who was well prepared for us as always. We soon got to work with loppers, rakes, spades and shears clearing an area that was previously part of a sensory garden but was in need a bit of TLC.

It took a little while for some of the GG crew to get to grips with the difference between a rose and a bramble, but we soon found our rhythm and started making some excellent progress in what seemed like a pretty straightforward task.

However things quickly took a turn for the worse when the midges decided they didn't like being disturbed and soon started feasting on any exposed GoodGym flesh that they could get their teeth (do they have teeth?) into.

With morale dipping and the midges biting, Ed put an early end to the task and started the fitness sesh - our GG York version of Paper, Rock, Scissors featuring Squats, Pencil jumps and Star Jumps. Fortunately everyone knows that Squats blunt star jumps, pencil jumps wraps squats, and star jumps cut pencil jumps, of course!

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Vicky HearsonPaul KellyJohn Bourton
Mitch signed up to a group run.

Mon 8th Apr at 6:15pm

Gardening and Clearing at York Cemetery

Help the Friends of York Cemetery maintain the grounds

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Mitch went on a community mission

Fri 5th Apr at 6:00pm

Path builders

York Report written by Michal Czekajlo

We had a group run like attendance at the task this evening and I'm grateful for that, as we really needed every available muscle to make a dent in the 19.2 ton rain water soaked pile of sub base material. Welcomed by Jan, Callum, few other volunteers from the Friends of Group and Daisy the dog we were promptly involved in a GoodGym classic, namely spadework and wheelbarrow racing, all with the aim to create a path making Fishponds Wood accessible to all. A big number of barrow rounds was completed within our one hour task slot, however a lot of sub base material still remains for those who are keen to give it another go and see the path to completion.

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Vicky HearsonJohn BourtonPaul KellyEd WoollardLaura Barrett
Mitch signed up to a community mission.

Fri 5th Apr at 6:00pm

Creating a lower path

Folk will use the path instead of creating other paths which affect the flora and fauna ofvthe wood. Also it will improve the experience for walkers in the.wood

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Val Cameron
Vicky HearsonLaura Barrett
Mitch went on a community mission

Fri 5th Apr at 11:45am

Refuse, reps and refreshments

York Report written by Vicky Hearson (she/her)

7 goodgymers came out in the sunshine to do a spot of litter picking.

We got armed with bags and pickers and split into team Holgate park and Acomb Road. After 45 minutes we collected quite a haul including a pair of pants and a trainer!

It was Vicky's 400th good deed so she celebrated with Barbara by doing some hill reps whilst the others enjoyed a bit of sun.

We then headed to a local cafe for lunch and said our goodbyes just before the rain.

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Vicky HearsonLaura BarrettJohn Bourton
Mitch signed up to a community mission.

Fri 5th Apr at 11:45am

Val CameronLaura BarrettVicky HearsonJohn Bourton
Mitch went on a community mission

Fri 22nd Mar at 1:00pm

Bark life

York Report written by York runner

Rowntree Park has recently reopened after flooding and everyone is hard at work to tidy up the damage. A big pile of bark chippings had been left blocking a main path through the park - a worrying prospect with the Easter holidays fast approaching! Luckily a hit squad of Friday lunchtime Goodgymers was available to shift the chippings to the storytelling circle and clear the path for park users. As a bonus, we also collected some cut logs, a few to add to the circle and others to provide habitat for woodland creatures. A lovely sunny task followed by a nice café break - a perfect end to the week.

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Vicky HearsonJohn BourtonSevan
Mitch signed up to a community mission.

Fri 22nd Mar at 1:00pm

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Mitch went on a group run

Mon 18th Mar at 6:15pm

An ex-seed-ingly good task

York Report written by Ed Woollard (He/Him)

We started tonight's group run by belatedly awarding our GoodGymer of the month accolade for February to the marvelous Nikki , who had continued her January exploits into Feb and been a shining example for other Task Forcers. Well done Nikki 👏

We also welcomed newcomer Sarah who was doing her first ever task tonight. Let's give her a big cheer 👋

A bit of daytime drama meant that our services were required elsewhere, so instead of going to Ashton Park, tonight's group run saw us head to Clarance Gardens for a spot of unsupervised wildflower seed spreading! Ed did his best to explain what was required of us, and with a few suggestions from the rest of the team, we soon decided on a system that saw everyone lining up a meter apart, with a few seed topper-uppers running between them all 🏃‍♀️ 🏃‍♂️

Babs seem to focus on quantity rather than quality and raced ahead of the rest of the line of seed spreaders, whereas Graham took a bit more time and care with his seeds and stamping. Let's see when they bloom who had the best technique!

With most people having whizzed through their seed portions in lightning quick time, we needed to fill the rest of the session with something or risk an early pub exodus. So Leanne led a congo/indian file stamping line to make sure that no spot was left un-stomped.

Before too long it was time for the fitness session and an opportunity to get to know each other a little better. The GGers ran in a circle (again led by Leanne) and made thier way into the middle for an exercise every time Ed called out something that they had done before. Unsurprisingly almost all GGers have baked a cake or planted a tree in their lifetime. Unfortunately we didn't uncover too many secret tattoos though!

Huge well done to everyone for a fab session. Next week it's off to St Chad's scout hut for a classic painting task!

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John BourtonVicky Hearson
Paul Kelly
Mitch signed up to a group run.

Mon 18th Mar at 6:15pm

Wildflower seed spreading at Clarance Gardens

Help turn the old bowling greens into a wildlife-rich meadow

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Vicky Hearson