Showing posts from January, 2018

Marmalade Day

On Wednesday my kitchen became a hive of activity, as we set about producing the highly prized Green Gym Marmalade.   It was a busy, sociable and very productive day.   We managed to make 70 jars in one day which is a record. The production line worked well with the help of Sally, Margaret, Eleanor and a visit from Janet to help stir the pot.   It is still possible to put in your order to Eleanor, (£2 a jar) a worthwhile contribution to Green Gym funds. -Ursula

The Elizabeth Daryush Memorial Garden, 27th January 2018

We worked on Elizabeth Daryush Memorial Field on Boars Hill. The day was cold, grey and drizzly, but we soon warmed up with the tasks in hand. The very wet snowfall before Christmas broke an amazing number of branches. Mainly fir trees, but also deciduous trees.   These had to be picked up so that the bulbs would have a chance and not be smothered. We made a long dry hedge along the roadside edge of the site with the material gathered.   It was a very satisfying activity. We could see the first snowdrops coming through and we know from working there in previous years, that they will be followed by daffodils and bluebells in turn. -Ursula Lesley. Hedge building. The snowdrops. Spring bulbs coming through.

The Stonehill Community Garden, 20th January 2018

For our first outdoor session of the year, we returned to the Stonehill Community Garden, working under the guidance of wardens Rachel and Richard.  Having gathered in the car park, the morning's tasks were outlined.  The first of these was to dig a pair of shallow trenches within the garden, which would form the foundations for two polytunnels that are to be installed in the coming weeks. A variety of vegetables will be grown within these structures once they have been erected. Secondly, the netting around the fruit cage required re-positioning and tightening. It is there to keep birds and other wildlife out. Sally and Carolyn were assigned to this. A total of twelve Green Gymmers were in attendance, and given the impressive work rate for which we are renowned, it came as little surprise that the jobs were completed rather speedily. Well before the scheduled tea break, in fact. An early elevenses was therefore hastily arranged while further details were devised. Fortunately

Green Gym Winter 2018 Programme

Our programme for Winter 2018 has now been published and can be viewed below.  Alternatively, a pdf file version can be accessed via our website  HERE