The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
The Isle of Wight Green Gym is an independent community group. With almost ten years of weekly sessions; working to help improve the Island's countryside through practical conservation work. At the same time aiming to improve the health of the participants through involvement in the sessions.
originated in Oxford in 1997 by a GP who wanted an alternative to
exercise and was launched in 2003 and run for the first 18 months on
the Isle of Wight by The Footprint Trust. When the funding came
to an end in 2005 the group became independant and has been run ever
since by the group's committee of volunteers.
The Island group is one of around 100 Green Gyms nationally, see TCV's (formerly the BTCV) website for more information.
The group were rewarded with a wonderful view here on top of Nansen Hill in Upper Bonchurch.
Just a selection of some of the less camera shy Green Gym-ers during a task upon Brading Down
Very occasionally it is necessary to change the venue at the last minute, so please check the programme below before the Wednesday to check!
Booking is essential at all venues, this is both for reasons of health and safety and planning tasks and is especially important if we are working in schools. For instance it ensures we bring enough tools and, perhaps most importantly, enough cups for the tea and coffee break!
If you are interested in volunteering - call Alison Hounslow on 07528 376399 for more information beforehand please. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org
So how are we funded? Over the past 8 years we have relied upon help from many quarters to survive but primarily from donations. If you or your company would like to contribute or are looking to donate to an Island conservation organisation, whether that be financially or by giving old tools, please get in touch with us. Email email@example.com phone us on 07866 360230.In 2009 the group was awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in recognition of the work achieved.
Most sites are near public transport. For details of Southern Vectis services, see www.islandbuses.info
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01983 82 22 82
The Riverside Centre, The Quay
Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2QR
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