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Sat 13th May at 10:00am
Back to the Ham Lands this morning on a cool but dry day. Sharon of the Friends of Ham Lands was there to meet us as usual, and led us amongst the trees into an area where our help was needed.
The task was to cut down young cherry trees, which had been springing up from the roots all around a larger parent tree. We needed to use loppers and handsaws to cut them down as close to the base as possible to avoid leaving stumps for walkers to trip over.
This was a lot of fun as the trees were immature enough to make cutting them down quite easy, and the group got stuck in and made huge progress very quickly alongside the FOHL members.
There were a number of big canvas bags dotted around and these were filled repeatedly with all the saplings and emptied in the undergrowth, the growing pile standing testament to the efforts everyone was making.
As usual, after the group photo we headed over to the Swiss Bakery for coffee and treats. Our next time on the Ham Lands will be on 10th June - sign up now to come along here: https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/richmond-big-green-week-helping-the-happy-ham-landers
Sat 11th Mar at 10:00am
The Friends of Ham Lands welcomed 6 cheery GoodGymers (and Hunter the pooch) on a much brighter and drier Saturday morning than was expected for a second go at the brambles along the pathway we worked on last month.
It’s always great fun to get together with the FoHL and help them with their ongoing efforts to preserve the green spaces of the Ham Lands for the benefit of walkers and local residents. This time, Sharon brought along a couple of boards showing an aerial photo of the area in 1944 and a map from 1841, when the topography of the area was quite different from today.
We were armed with loppers and shears and headed out along the path in twos and threes, cutting back the brambles and gathering them in large canvas sacks, all the while catching up on each other’s news and the events of the moment.
Those brambles can be nasty and the murmur of chat was punctuated by the occasional “ouch” (or a slightly less polite term) as several of us received our scratch of the day, but these didn’t spoil the merry mood as we did our bit for nature to get the weekend off to a good start.
The prospect of a visit to the Swiss Bakery helped our motivation and we soon settled down to excellent (tiny) coffees and delicious flammenkuchen and quiche as reward for our efforts. Guten Appetit!
Next visit to the Ham Lands is on the Easter weekend so we will be updated soon on whether this will affect it. Keep an eye out for changes to the listings!
Sat 25th Feb at 10:00am
Part of our mammoth tree planting task at Petersham Common. An absolute pleasure to welcome GoodGymmers from other areas, and first timers Andreeca, Anastasia, Tim and Laura. What a brilliant first task to be part of: creating a lasting legacy in our beautiful green borough.
Ken gave us a brief introduction to the Common and woodlands restoration which included restoring the middle layer of the woodland. He explained how there was an upper canopy and ground floral plain but how the woodlands was mismanaged for around 50 years and had the middle understory canopy removed regularly. We were helping to plant 25,000 trees to restore this vital habitat where most of our native songbirds nest in the understory between the ground and 5m height.
Ken gave us a demonstration of how to plant a tree and told us about how it was vital to get the plant at the right level in relation to the roots and the stem so it had a good chance of survival.
We set about into the woods with native trees soaking their roots in buckets of water and started planting bird blocks of trees happily chatting away with each other. In no time we had planted 500 trees between us and Ken was very pleased with our work and thanked all of us from the Petersham Common Conservators.
We are back to plant more on Monday 6th March, sign up for the session to join us.
Mon 27th Feb at 6:45pm
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Saturday 18th February
Nadine Charles has done their first good deed with GoodGym.
Nadine is a now a fully fledged GoodGym runner. They've just run to do good for the first time. They are out there making amazing things happen and getting fit at the same time.
Saturday 18th February
Nadine Charles earned their community cape by completing their first community mission.
Nadine completed a community mission. Instead of watching TV or lying in bed, Nadine was out there making their community a better place to be. For making that choice they have earned the community cape.
Sat 18th Feb at 10:00am
Richmond Report written by Richmond runner
7 goodgymers made their way, by bike, foot and public transport to the regular task of the Richmond Furniture Scheme. Getting straight to it with a litter pick to make the outside area more attractive Sam and Adam grabbed a broom or two and started sweeping. Resourceful types we fixed the broom that was losing its head, (like Arsenal nearly did later that day), and made short work of the tidy up. Sam decided a window mop and a snow scoop was the best tool for the job, but it seemed to do a pretty good job.
Emma, and Beth returned for GoodGym tasks 3 and 4 respectively and were quick to muck in and help. Nadine had been roped in early to dragging Henry the hoover around the place, and we didn’t realise it but she was covertly completing her first GoodGym task.
Moving on to furniture we made light work of moving a lamp to the sold storage, and hunted about for other things that could be moved. An hour or so later and we were on our merry way for coffee and cake, finally able to say hi properly to Nadine. Well done everyone, especially those new comers. So good to have you as part of the gang today!