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To look at the Isle of Wight Green Gym web page (contains details of sessions etc) please use the following link :- www.iwgreengym.org.uk.

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If you would like to leave us any comments then please use this link iwgreengym@gmail.com

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Wed 14th Nov 2018 - Carisbrooke Old Mill Pond. GG # 761.

Terry's Photographs.






Harlequin Ladybird.










The editorial will be added as it arrives. 👌

Many thanks to Terry for taking the photographs this week.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Wed 7th Now 2018 - Pan Mill Meadows, Newport. GG # 760.

Terry's Photographs.















As can been seen, from the photographs above, this session involved a tremendous amount of RAKING..! I think it was Mark who once called it the "Great Britsh Rake Off" - oh so true..! It is also apparent, from all the wet clothing, that it really wasn't the best of weather - durning the course of the morning there were several VERY heavy down pours ☁☂ In spite of this, GG team did a great job in clearing the site of the pre cut grass and reeds and even managed to fit in a site wide litter pick - well done everyone 👍.

Many thanks to Terry who risked getting his camera wet to take the photographs.


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Wed 31st Oct 2018 - Play Lane Millennium Green, Ryde. GG # 759.

Mark's Photographs.








We undertook our annual management of the butterfly meadow this week. This area was cleared by us back during several sessions in 2008 http://iowgreengym.blogspot.com/2008/12/wed-3rd-dec-2008-millenium-green-ryde.html

Many thanks to Mark for the editorial and photographs this week. You may like to look at this link to their own web site... (Green Gym gets a mention...!)

Blog – Play Lane Millennium Greenhttps://playlane.org.uk/blog/


Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Wed 24th Oct 2018 - St Mary's RC Primary School, Ryde. GG # 758.

Bob's Photographs.



The "before" photo of the pond taken at 10 am.


The "after" photo of the pond taken at noon...!

Alison's Photographs.



Work on the pond area begins.


There really is a pond in there...somewhere..


Trimming back the undergrowth to improve access.


The extensive root system on the pond plants.


Wow..we have, at long last, found WATER.!



GG is always a team effort 😀
Mark's Photographs.


















Although we hadn't been to this venue since 2016, this would be our sixth visit here overall. Our main focus of attention was the pond area which had become almost totally overgrown by the undergrowth and pond plants (see photos above)...! For the children to be able to go "pond dipping" we needed to find the pond, clear it out and cut back the rather overgrown surrounding area. As this is a man-made pond, special care had to be taken that the tools were not allowed to puncture the liner which would result in the loss of water. The original pond plants had grown out of all proportion and it was hard going to drag them out due to the extensive root systems. The above photographs demonstrate beautifully the improvements made in just a couple of hours. With around half of Team GG working on the pond, the others were very gainfully employed across the school site - working on trimming back shrubs and making good the rutted footpaths. Although the wind was a bit on the chilly side, we were protected by the surrounding trees and when the sun came out it was a very pleasant day. Many thanks to Sue and her son, Flynn, who supplied us with copious amounts of tea and coffee plus the all important biscuits 🙌.

This session was made possible through a Footprint Trust project sponsored by Southern Water.

Many thanks to Alison and Mark for taking the photographs this week.