Welcome to Newham Green Gym, the East Ham Nature Reserve Conservation Volunteers
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The next Saturday session is on 25th September. It’s getting cold so we will be making hibernacula, which are places for reptiles to hibernate safely over winter. We have important populations of slow worms and common lizards in all our meadows, so this will help them to survive.
Green Gym Conservation Volunteers meet every Wednesday and the last Saturday of each month 10am – 1pm and there is lots of work to do.
The nature reserve is open every day, so please visit. Please don’t pick any flowers. The bees and butterflies need them much more than you do.
Green Gym is not a gym!
If sweaty gyms are not for you, why not join our friendly group to exercise in the open air, giving nature a helping hand at the same time? We work to maintain the diversity of habitats at the nature reserve. We do a variety of tasks from digging out brambles to planting wildflowers and clearing ivy from gravestones and paths. We also do more specialised tasks like hedge laying, coppicing and scything. There is something suitable for everyone and you can work at your own pace.
Because it has been so wet, growth has been phenomenal. We are constantly clearing paths as ivy and brambles try to block them. Ivy is also spreading across the meadows, which are really important sites for the slow worms and common lizards.
Come and meet some of the inhabitants of the nature reserve. Our slow worms and common lizards are still around while the weather is warm. You may notice squares of roofing felt around. These are refugia for slow worms. If you lift them you may find slow worms underneath, but make sure you put them back in exactly the same place.
Beware of ants under the mats because they bite!!!!!
If you look under logs there are plenty of minibeasts like wood lice, slugs, centipedes and snails to find.
The cherry plum trees still have a few ripe, red or yellow fruit and the blackberries are starting to ripen. You are welcome to pick a few, but please leave some for our animals. Lots of sloes on the blackthorn bushes, but they are not ripe yet.
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We have a commissioned art work, a willow circle near the bridge. Other works have been added by members of the public and Green Gym members.
The idea is that the works will gradually decay, becoming habitats and food for animals and plants, which will themselves decay. It illustrates the cycle of life that is essential to existence. Come and see what you think.
Our address is East Ham Nature Reserve, Norman Road, London E6 6HN.
We meet every Wednesday and the last Saturday of each month 10am-1pm. Even if you don’t want to work, come along at 11.30am for hot drinks, biscuits and chat. We make a small contribution of £1, or whatever you can afford, to cover our costs.
If you would like to join our group, please let Penny know by emailing email@example.com or you can just turn up.
If you come to work please wear suitable clothes and shoes (there are a lot of brambles and stinging nettles on the site). We provide gloves and tools.
Please note that, as all our tasks involve using sharp tools, we cannot take responsibility for under 18s. Children are welcome, but must be supervised at all times by a responsible adult.
For more information email Penny at firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone Frances 078 4597 3156
We are an independent community group, which is a member of the TCV Community
Network, but is not run by TCV leaders.
There is a second Newham Green Gym, which is the Greenway Orchard Project, run by trained TCV leaders. They focus particularly on mental health issues. For information go to http://www.tcv.org.uk/london/green-gym-london/newham-green-gym