The garden is really starting to take shape now and everyone is welcome regardless of age, ability or gardening knowledge. New gardeners who don’t know one plant from another but who are keen to learn are particularly welcome and there is no such thing as a silly question.
We have several Open Gardening Sessions every week – for times see The Community Garden section. You can come along at any of these times to do some volunteering in the garden or get specific gardening advice. Our Community Gardener will also be running some informal gardening sessions where you can learn new skills in a range of topics and is also available to answer any gardening questions you might have (see also the Learn section). We are running a competition at the moment to see if there is any plant that he doesn’t recognise or can’t name, so if you have anything bizarre in the garden bring it along.
The garden is looking great thanks to the volunteers involved so if you do have some spare time you can sign up to help us with seasonal gardening tasks. Come and join our grass cutting group or our watering team. You can also volunteer to support adults with disabilities who are participating in the Royal Caledonian Society Grow and Learn Award.
If you fancy something a bit different, you can join our community blogging team to share your stories about growing, seasonal cooking, garden wildlife, reducing your carbon footprint, volunteering at the Garden or participating in Grow@Home scheme. Our bloggers write, take photos, make videos or sound recordings – the format is up to you! We provide all the training so this is a chance to learn some digital storytelling skills, along with learning more about your subject and letting others learn with you. If you are a bit of a geek, we are also looking for volunteers to help with technical blog support behind the scenes.
You can also help us organise and run workshops and events.
Or you can just try out the new wooden benches and listen to the birds singing under the trees. There is no pressure at all to get involved. The garden is a place to come and relax and watch the world go by. We even have a library of books, magazines and a paper edition of our blog in our shed that you can have a browse through while you are soaking up the Tayport sun!
If you want to get involved in any of the activities mentioned above or just want to hear more about the Community Garden and PLANT, either pop along when we are on site, or if another day or time suits you better, just send out Volunteer Coordinator an email or give her a call and we can arrange to meet you for a chat.
You can also register your interest by filling in online form here.