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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Wed 17th Oct 2018 - Riverside Centre, Newport. GG #757.

Alison's Photographs.

Mark's Photographs.

Hard at work on just one of the many flower (weed?) beds.

When undergrowth becomes overgrowth.

Mark was doing his Widow Twanky's Laundry act
washing all the Hi-Viz jackets after the session..!

This week we had a return visit to the Riverside Centre to continue the work we started two months ago. Due to the Quay bridge still being out of action and no access via Hillside, it was a bit of a trek to go around via Fairlee to get access. The next problem was that the car park was filled to bursting point was time to dig deep into the pocket and feed the parking meter. The things we do to go along to GG sessions...! Mark explained that we had the full run of the site as there is hardly a flower bed or hedge that doesn't need attention. Once we had all donned our hi-viz jackets it was off to try and tame the jungle. One of the most overgrown areas was the top car park where the undergrowth had become overgrowth (see picture above). Come tea break the refreshments were rolled out to us on a trolley - tea, coffee and bacon or sausage baps which were welcomed by almost all (we do have a couple of vegetarians in our numbers!) Then it was back to work but, by then, the mizzle had turned to drizzle and then on to rain - so a wet end to the session. Considering the problems getting there, parking and the dull weather, we had a good turnout and a lot of work was achieved.

Many thanks to the catering staff who looked after us so well at tea break and to Alison & Mark for the photographs.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Wed 10th Oct 2018 - Community Orchard / Wetland Walk, Adgestone. GG # 756.

Mark's Photographs.

Raking in the orchard.

Dredging logs out of the pond.

Now we are well into October, most of our tasks are to tidy everything up now the summer growth is over. The rangers had been in before our arrival and strimmed down the grass and weeds, all ready for us to rake and pile. Collecting it all up will deny the ground of the nutrients so that the area will be meadow-like next year. Some light pruning of the various fruit trees was undertaken although the pear trees were left for another time. Other GGmers were involved with dredging logs out of the pond, using a grappling hook and relocating cut material left behind by the electricity workers when the cut back under their pylons. The weather could not have been more perfect with sun and a noon day temperature of around 20C...which is some 5C above the average for this time of year. Everything was looking very spick and span at the end of the session - well done everyone..!

Many thanks to Mark for contributing the photographs.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Wed 3rd Oct 2018 - Flowers Brook, Ventnor. GG # 755.

Mark's Photographs.

As mentioned in last week's blog, Flowers Brook has to be one of the Team GG favourite venues... always a pleasure to work there..! Before we could actually get to the site itself, we had to negotiate some rather serious road works but the nice gentlemen from Island Roads had been briefed about out arrival and we were soon safely parked up on the grass. The work list was very simple, just help the group of local volunteers to cut back the summer growth along the stream, around the pond area and down the length of the waterfall - easy peasy...:-) Considering that we are now into October, we had glorious sunny weather with the temperature a good 5 degrees C above the average for this time of year - nice. Our tea break was a little different this week as Alison decided that we would have an alfresco "Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning" so....several people brought along cake and it was sold with the proceeds going to Cancer Support. I will let you know how much she made once all the pennies have been counted (see message below). All in all a very enjoyable session where Team GG were able to help make a considerable impression on this beautiful little sanctuary.

A message from Alison.

Thank you to everyone who supported the Macmillan Coffee morning today (not forgetting Island Roads and the Friends of Flowers Brook).  I counted up all the pennies and it came to a whopping £161.60 - all now safely banked.  

Many thanks to Mark for taking the photographs this week.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

GG 15th Birthday @ Cockleton Meadows - Colour Supplement.

During the session, Martin and Mark took these photographs showing the wide variety of work that was undertaken. Thanks for submitting them ...! Attached at the end is the press release for the event.

Saturday 29th Sept.... I have just looked at the County Press web site and they have included the press release...! Not sure if it will be in the paper as I no longer take a copy. Try this link to have a look see... 16909774.isle-of-wight-green-gym-celebrates-700th-milestone

Martin's Photographs.

Mark's Photographs.

The Press Release....

News Release:   26th September 2018

IW Green Gym landmark – 15 years!

In this day and age it’s rare to find things that last. Groups get set up and then funding ends and they close again. That’s not the case with the Isle of Wight Green Gym – 15 years after they were set up they are still going strong as a self-sustaining group. 

It has meant that over 750 three hour conservation sessions have taken place. 

The Island’s countryside has benefitted of course, as has the community for as well as doing the task for the week it provides a social gathering, friends mingle and chat whilst working. That is the case with lots of volunteering, it should always be a two way process.  Guided by the seasons the group’s work, using only hand tools, is practical in nature, providing real gains to fitness and hopefully to the Island’s wildlife.

This week the group were working at Cockleton Meadow in Gurnard, a lovely location to mark the group’s 700th session! The site has a team of local volunteers, supported by Gurnard Parish Council and is also one of the ‘Gift to Nature’ sites. The milestone involved lots of cake to celebrate (any excuse of course) and might well cause many of the group to cast their minds back over so many IWGG locations and achievements over the years.  

IWGG’s committee work hard to keep the group going and pay tribute to the many hundreds of volunteers who have attended. They have a number of hardy stalwarts who started volunteering with them back in 2003 including Derek Comper, Geoff Harris and their Chairman, Mark Russell.  Mark said 
“It’s a long time, but when reflecting upon our involvement in projects over the years, I can see the real benefits. I’d like to pay tribute to everyone who participate each week, whatever the weather. Also to our supporters, we work with many larger charities on the Island, and local councils and the IW Council as well as schools and churches. Thank you!”

The group size varies each week but can sometimes be in the 30s, the group can get a lot done in the three hours.  They have helped wildlife conservation or access to the countryside at more than 180 different sites since 2003.

For more details of the IW Green Gym visit