Next Thursday and Saturday, BTCV Green Gym volunteers will get together with residents from Two Mile Ash and volunteers from the Two Mile Ash Environmental Group.
From 9.30am to 1pm the pond and the surrounding area in Stone Hill will be the venue for a joint effort to improve the site’s biodiversity. Everyone is welcome.
Activities will include clearing the bottom of the pond and cutting back vegetation from the edges. This will improve the water flow and increase the amount of light reaching the pond, so improving conditions that should bring back frogs and newts. The nearby ditch will also benefit from the clearing of litter and cutting back of brambles.
These sessions are free to attend and open to everybody. Tools, gloves and refreshments are provided. Car parking is available on Stone Hill, but organisers would like to encourage people to come on foot when possible.
The Green Gym takes place every Thursday and on each fourth Saturday in the month. Sessions are held on a variety of sites and always start at 9.30am and finish at 1pm. People are welcome to join in for just an hour (or two) or stay until the finish. Each session can accommodate up to 15 volunteers and booking is therefore required.
Evaluation of over 100 Green Gym set-ups nationwide has shown that participation in a Green Gym is a great way for people to increase fitness and energy levels and reduce anxiety and depression. It also reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke and osteoporosis.
The Milton Keynes Green Gym is run by BTCV and supported by People’s Health Trust. BTCV aims to improve peoples’ health and well-being and further our vision for a better environment where people are valued, included and involved. Without funding from Peoples Health Trusts, BTCV would not be able to reach as many people to improve the local environment, their community spaces and their health. BTCV want to reach people in the community who are most at risk of poor health.
Monique van Assouw, Community Project Officer, says: “BTCV is delighted to have received funding from The Peoples Health Trust, which will help us to improve the health & wellbeing of people in Milton Keynes. The Milton Keynes Green Gym is a great opportunity to get outdoors, meet people and get active while also helping to improve the local environment”.