Showing posts from January, 2019

Abraham Wood, Boars Hill, 19th January 2019

We met on Boars Hill for our meeting today, Donning scarves, hats and gloves for it was cold, wet and grey. Perfect weather, in fact, to be a green gym dodger Yet 16 of us turned out, including new member, Roger. Loaded up with equipment we went to Abraham Wood, The dreaming spires shrouded in mist – the view wasn’t too good. Today was Margaret’s turn to lead our session Along with OPT’s Rachel, keen to make some progression. The woodland had been transformed, with the laurel nearly beat Thanks to a grant from Network Rail on the Trust’s balance sheet. On reaching our base Rachel stood before an old oak tree To give us our tasks, of which there were three: The first was the paths: to rake and make them clear So on either side bluebells and garlic can germinate without fear. This should make for a pleasant wander through the bowers And walkers won’t inadvertently stray, trampling precious wildflowers. The second – the most strenuous – was to dig

AGM, 12th January 2019

In advance of our outdoor sessions for 2019, The Green Gym AGM was held in the Perry Room of the All Saints Church on Appleford Drive.  We assembled here as we have at the beginning of January for the past couple of years, with current chairman Kevin overseeing proceedings. On the agenda were the usual discussions relating to our activities over the past year, our intended sessions for the coming year, as well as the financial report (comprehensively compiled by treasurer Sally again) plus any new tools and equipment required. The only change to the committee from 2018 was the appointment of James as programme co-ordinator, taking over from Eleanor who had held the post for many years. Later, we presented Eleanor with a card and some flowers to thank her for her hard work for over a decade. She confessed that the role had worn her down eventually, so James can't complain that he hasn't been warned! The meeting continued for just shy of two hours, with the usual mix of ke