2019 06 01 Garden Tidy 2When M asked if East Oxford Good Neighbours could help her R, her mum, and her sister with their garden, we got a team together and headed off to Blackbird Leys.

The lawn needed a short back and sides – R asked whether we could her next door neighbours lawn as well, as he also needed some help. No problem!

Time for some weeding followed by a quick break for the students to check their mobile phones and volunteer Yoojin tells us about her mother’s garden back in Korea.

2019 06 01 Garden Tidy 4We finished the job by removing a self-seeded tree and weeds that had been blocking the window (a common problem) and brought the rosemary under control.

Another win for The Weedubsters!



The kindness of strangers

When we got a call from a lady  about E. – a neighbour who need some help with her garden, gardening guru Ali was on the phone in no time to fix up an assessment visit. It was a fairly straight forward job – a lawnmower to sort out the front lawn and some volunteers with hand tools and elbow grease to tackle the rest.

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On Saturday, Oxford University students Amira, Bronwyn, Brigitte and Betty took time out from their studies to do some gardening and discuss the prospects for that evening’s Eurovision Song Contest.

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Bridget and Betty do some clipping

Clearing the patio is a painstaking job, but there were no complaints.

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With lawn cut, patio cleared and hedges clipped, it just remains to put everything into the brown bin ready to be collected for recycling and turned into compost to enrich another garden.

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After helping Ali load the tools in the car, the volunteers head home. E. thanks Ali and says she can’t get over how enthusiastic and happy Bronwyn, Amira, Brigitte and Betty were while working on such a dirty, unexciting chore… for a complete stranger.

Thanks to O2

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East Oxford is truly an amazing place!

When those lovely people at O2 Academy – Cowley Road’s hottest live music venue – heard about the terrific work that our student volunteers have been doing, the decided to say a small “thank you” on behalf of the community by donating vouchers for two free tickets to our most dedicated volunteers.

Thank you, O2, for your wonderful support!

Everything’s coming up tulips!

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This week, gardening guru Ali popped back to the Sandford Ward at the Churchill Hospitals’ Fullbrook Centre ee how things were going. Sorry, that should be – how things are growing.

Remember those bulbs and wild flower seeds that our volunteer team planted last Autumn? Well, now there’s a host of multi-coloured tulips and other mixed Spring flowers.

Whilst she was there, Ali and Sue (from the Churchill)  planted the wild flower beds.

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Spring is sprung

2019 03 10 Fulbrook Ward after shot 3.JPGSpring is – well – not quite sprung – but certainly near enough for the team from East Oxford Good Neighbours to start springing into action.

Last week the Management Committee got together to start planning the year ahead – more about that later – and this Saturday we made a return trip to the Fulbrook Centre at the Churchill Hospital.

2019 03 10 Fulbrook Ward after shot 4.JPGA team of  eight volunteers from Oxford University and the local area came along. Whilst some did some much-needed weeding and pruning; planted spring bedding and dressed borders with bark mulch, others got to work sanding and painting benches.

2019 03 10 Fulbrook Ward after shot 1.JPGAll that hard work was rewarded by the knowledge of a job well done and the now traditional pizza – this time thanks to the Co-op.

2019 03 10 Fulbrook Ward after shot 2.JPGThanks, too, to the folks at Blanchfords who generously supplied the stain and brushes which we used to revive the benches.