Community garden keen to attract new volunteers

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Girvan Community garden is keen to attract some new volunteers to its Green Gym sessions.

There are sessions both at the community garden in Knockcushan Street and especially at the Green Gym session at Girvan Community Hospital.

Jim McClymont, one of the Green Gym Leaders, said: “We have been running our Green Gym for four years now and we have set up a new session at Girvan Community Hospital last year.

“Basically, it is a chance to volunteer and spend some time outside in a green space and get a bit of fresh air, do a wee bit of light to moderate exercise related to gardening/enviromental work.

“It can have many benefits for the individual such as learning new skills and meeting new people and everyone likes a good chat over a cup of tea and a biscuit!

“You don’t need any experience of this type of work to come along and help. There is always plenty to do in the garden. Tasks can range from digging to sowing seeds, painting to feeding the birds. Every week is different.

“Just pop along and see us at the garden on a Tuesday from 11am. We are just off Knockushan Street. We will be happy to see you. You can take part in a taster session to start with just to see how you will get on.

“The sessions last for three hours and you are free to stay as long as you want. We provide all the tools just as long as you come along with appropriate outdoor clothes and sturdy shoes or boots. We can provide some waterproofs and boots.

Jim added that in the hospital grounds the group is developing a lovely vibrant space full of colour and interest for patients and their families to sit in and enjoy during their stay in the hospital.

“We are particularly keen for volunteers to help us in these sessions,” added Jim, “it happens every Thursday from 11am although you must contact us in advance. We would love to see you there.”

Contact Julie on 01465 713439 or Jim on 01465713209 or email