Outdoor Fresh air… keeping fit… caring for Nature… being part of a team…
On the Plaistow patch of the long and narrow Greenway is the Greenway Community Orchard. It is a beautiful, wild space with native fruit trees, native shrubs and flowers, bug hotels, places to sit, bird & bat boxes, raised beds for fruit and veg and much more. Newham Council has a contract with the landowner (Thames Water) to maintain the whole stretch, and Green Gym has a licence to maintain the Orchard part of it. Currently PSBL holds the licence but it will be passed on the the Green Gym team in 2021.
The area is maintained by the Greenway Orchard Green Gym volunteers every Thursday, rain or shine, cold or hot, 11-2pm. DURING COVID-19 THE GREEN GYM HAS NOT BEEN RUNNING, but volunteers have continued to look after it in teams of one! We will let you know when it re-opens. We know that locals have appreciated the Community Orchard – so many people have been taking walks in it 🙂
The Greenway Orchard Green Gym is now independent! This is the inaugural AGM meeting on 19 February 2020 with the new committee: Clive, Eleanor, Nathalie, Jaqui, Lucy, Will 🙂
The photos below tell the story of the 2019 which ended with a harvest festival and ‘goodbye’ to Amanda the lead volunteer on 31st October. You can search the blog for other articles about the green gym. We have a shed here where we meet at 10.45 but for your first time it is best to see us on the site.
Accessibility issues: The nearest entrance is by Boundary Road and the Orchard is on this link. The toilets we use are a 5-10 minute walk to the hospital. The paths are of wood chippings and uneven. We can usually find tasks to fit most impairments and abilities. For more info text or ring 07957 534908 or email email@example.com
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