📍left turn at the top of the Pennyquick hill. Continue along the road for 100m, then its the turning on left before the high wall that runs along the road. BA2 9DA
Help restore a garden used by people with anxiety, depression and isolation
Sat 11th Nov at 10:00am
OK, so it's almost winter now and it's no longer warm anymore, but we are all grateful for blue skies and sunshine when on a GoodGym mission. This was one of those mornings, air crisp and chilly but warming under a late Autumn sun.
Five GoodGymmers arrived at one of our favourite locations, the walled garden at Newton St Loe. This Grow for Life project has been ongoing for the last couple of years and aims to be completed by 2025. Grow for Life's purpose is to provide social and therapeutic gardening sessions for people affected by low confidence, anxiety, depression or isolation.
A considerable amount of wood chip needed redistributing, some of it initially along the top by the main wall, let's call it a 'rampart'. If I could understand some of Wayne's grand vision, there will be trees and a path along here, and it is towards that goal that we added progress.
Elsewhere wood chip needed laying down over well worn paths throughout the garden. Whilst helping with this, barrowing and distributing, I took my eyes of the work that was going on at the top, but I believe Jane (to whom we are very grateful for continuing to organise this mission), took on the mighty bindweed.
Towards the end, inevitably, manure was involved. Horse manure to be exact. We reworked the compost piles, turning them upside down and layering them with woodchip, greens and horse manure before signing off with whatever we wanted to harvest from the garden.
Sat 7th Oct at 10:00am
This task took place in the field where the Bath Skyline Parkrun starts and finishes. Which is quite handy as it started at 10am on Saturday morning - allowing Jane and Meyrick to do a quite 5km and then totally not have to travel very far to get in a GoodGym mission. The ideal Saturday morning win-win scenario!
Our task was to sow wildflower seeds. We each got given a bucket of seed and a digging implement and were sent off in an area of the field, with instructions to just wander around and plant the seed randomly within the boundary of our allotted area.
Wandering around randomly is totally within our skillset!
It was a lovely, unseasonably warm, sunny morning. And keep an eye out on a similar day in May or June-ish of next year where the results of our morning's work should come in to flower. Lovely stuff.