28 Month Streak
📍Acton Town Station W3 8HN
It will promote the hub and as a result will increase recycling and reduce waste in the area
Mon 26th Feb at 6:30pm
It will promote the hub and as a result will increase recycling and reduce waste in the areaRead more
Wed 21st Feb at 6:30pm
Over the recent months we have some big wins at GoodGym Hounslow. As well as all the amazing milestones and PBs, we've built an amazing (and huge) hibernacula, planted thousands of bulbs in one go, and even helped get some new homes for hedgehogs. But inevitably sometimes it just goes, well, a bit wrong.
Last night was one of those times - we still got some good done but it wasn't without its challenges! With our scheduled task falling through due to task owner illness, we had a last minute change of plan. Paul from Active 360 let me know that there was a lot of trash washing up on the drawdock by Kew Bridge, and was keen for us to give it a good going over. He couldn't be there to let us into the arches and get the equipment we needed, but had kindly left us the keys with some neighbours.
It seemed simple enough. However, the first sticky wicket came when trying to figure out which arch we needed to actually get into. It took us a few minutes, but eagle eyed Madeleine soon spotted that the key was engraved. Good. Onto opening the massive lock. As try as I might I couldn't figure it out. No luck. We took turns trying to get it open but nothing was working. I had just run to the shops to implement plan B when I got the good news - lock cracker extraordinaire Chris had managed to do the job. We won't question him too much on where he honed that particular skill... :)
Pickers and bags liberated, we got cracking on the plastic problem, and had soon collected three huge bin bags of cans, bottles and other litter. Sevan even found a discarded pineapple, but we won't mention the other (large and furry) thing we spotted.
Fitness session all planned out, we just had to get that tricksy lock back on before we left. Unfortunately it just wasn't going our way, and our EMOM challenge had to be abandoned in the face of project lock. Apologies for all the inconvenience everybody! Next week we'll be back, firing on all cylinders, and there will be absolutely no locks standing in our way.
A couple of shout outs for two tasks that are looking very lonely! Do you have an hour to spare to help shovel manure for Cultivate London on Saturday? We also really need a Monday hero to step in and help mow the lawn for the nuns at the Comboni centre at lunchtime- can you help?
Sun 18th Feb at 11:00am
Today we headed to Manor Gardens Allotments to help residents with a growing litter problem. Unfortunately a gap in the fence meant someone had dumped litter across a section of the allotments (rubbish!). Though, after some adventures through thick brambles, we collected 10 bags in around an hour. A big effort by all! This will help Gunnersbury residents to continue clearing the allotments and get them ready for new allotment holders.
Wed 14th Feb at 6:45pm
Love was in the air, but so were brambles! Our GoodGym squad swapped roses for gloves and hearts for hedge trimmers this Valentine's Day at Gunnersbury Park. It was a date with destiny, destined to prune those prickly pests.
As cupid's archers aimed for hearts, we aimed for overgrown bushes, determined to show those brambles tough love. With each swing of the bear claws/ rakes of various sizes, we claimed the thorny tangles like a love-sick Romeo cutting through red tape.
Despite the chilly weather, our hearts were warmed by the camaraderie of fellow volunteers. We shared laughs, sweat, and maybe even a few tears as we battled those brambles, but every scratch was a badge of honor, a mark of our dedication to the cause.
The park may have been overrun with thorns, but we were the knights in shining armor, fighting to restore its beauty. And just like in any great love story, perseverance paid off. By the end of our quest, the park was looking more like a romantic getaway than a thorny labyrinth.
So, as the sun set on Valentine's Day, we left Gunnersbury Park knowing that we had not only braved the brambles but also strengthened the bonds of our community. Who needs chocolates and flowers when you have the satisfaction of a job well done and the knowledge that you've made your corner of the world a little brighter?
Until next time, remember: love may be fleeting, but a well-maintained park is forever!
Eloise x Chat
....Chat's first Goodgym report?
Mon 12th Feb at 6:45pm
GoodGym Richmond’s second Monday of the month Group Run Task always sees us working on our sponsored plots in Buccleuch Gardens Richmond. Usually we split up into small groups to complete an array of different gardening jobs but tonight we were all together and focused on weeding and tidying the perimeter of The Three Pigeons Plot. Armed with trowels, cutlery knives and trugs everyone pitched in to clear the outer edge of the plot of weed, ‘deadleaf’ (removing browned foliage) some of the ornamental grasses and dig up some of the self-seeded wormwood.
Before heading back to The Tap Tavern in Richmond for our monthly social, there was time to sweep up around the Three Pigeons and park benches and compost all the green waste.
Even in the dark we could see a huge difference to the appearance of the Three Pigeons Plot, perfect to showcase the hellebores and violets that are flowering now and the bulbs that are pushing through.
Mon 12th Feb at 6:45pm
Helping to keep the Richmond Riverside blooming and beautiful.Read more