Community Garden wants to grow numbers, not just plants

Jeanette Parker and grandchildren enjoyed the Garden's Family Gardening Club earlier this month.
Jeanette Parker and grandchildren enjoyed the Garden's Family Gardening Club earlier this month.

Carrick gardeners are being sought to turn their green fingers to Girvan’s Community Garden, with a special open day for prospective volunteers on Saturday August 25.

“The Community Garden exists and flourishes because of the work done by volunteers,” said volunteer co-ordinator Julie Campbell. “Everyone is welcome, people of all ages, backgrounds, ethnicities and abilities have something to give and something to gain.

“There is no doubt that volunteering definitely has a positive impact on your community,” she continued. “Organisations and groups in the UK and around the world, no matter how big or small, would simply not be able to function if they did not have volunteers giving up their time to run them.

“The other great thing about volunteering is the benefits it can have for you. If you are a young person reading this, you will stand to gain a rewarding experience, independence and confidence, meet new people and pick up new skills - which is great for adding on to your CV!”

But Julie said volunteering has something to offer to the rest of the population too. “Volunteering is a perfect vehicle to discover something new,” she said. “It is a gentle way to push yourself and allow you to develop your skills, add to your knowledge and to share it with other people and explore new possibilities.

“In terms of well-being, it can give you an escape from everyday routines. But it’s not all about working; you can relax, have a chat and be sociable too.”

Julie stressed that the Community Garden, based on Girvan’s Knockcushan Street to the rear of Knockcushan House, has varied roles on offer for those wishing to get involved - though not necessarily willing to get their hands dirty. They include:

- General volunteering: assisting with maintaining the garden all the year round and learning basic horticulture at the same time.

Events Assistants – the garden hosts a variety of events and workshops throughout the year and is looking for people who would like to help assist with setting up/tidying, manning a stall, and/or organising the refreshments and hospitality.

Maintenance – general DIY tasks with the opportunity to make items for the garden - from bird boxes to signage - or even garden benches.

Workshop – do you have particular skills you would like to pass on to others through workshop based activities? For more information contact Julie Campbell on 01465 713439, or email julie@girvancommunitygarden.com.

Opening hours are Tuesday 11-2pm, Thursday, Saturday and Sundays from 1pm. The special open day for new volunteers will take place on August 25 at 1pm.