Volunteer Coordinator – Ali Butler

A photo of Ali Butler, PLANT Volunteer Coordinator

Ali is at the heart of everything we do, supporting volunteers and other participants of our projects. You can find her at the Garden during open sessions or get in touch through email.

Here are some words from Ali:

Having worked with community gardens for over 6 years I have gained many skills coordinating garden projects and working with a wide range of volunteers, I’ve always loved the outdoors and this passion has grown through seeing the benefits the outdoor environment can have on people both therapeutically and spiritually and how people literally grow and blossom from their experience in the garden. I am really looking forward to working at PLANT and getting to know all the people and groups that have made this project such a success and hope to bring exciting and fresh ideas to the community garden and its volunteers.

Community Gardener – Peter Christopher

We are drawing on Peter’s gardening expertise to help us make the garden into a productive space and to learn how to grow fruit, vegetables and salads.

He is available to advise and support volunteers and community groups using the Garden during our weekly Open Gardening Sessions.

Peter is also in charge of our Grow@Home programme aimed at helping Tayport residents grow more food in their own gardens. And – he is getting our new tool library and maintenance programme going this year.

Here are some words from Peter:

I was Head Gardener for the National Trust for Scotland at Hill of Tarvit for 27 years , I have a B.Sc. in Botany and Biological Science and have been growing my own fruit and veg organically with my wife Kirsty for the last 30 years. I was part of the Fife Organic Gardeners for many years and I’m a member of the Professional Gardeners’ Guild and the Chartered Institute of Horticulture. I enjoy passing on my knowledge with people who have a good connection and interest with the well being of our fragile environment.

Blog coordinator and Carbon Conversation lead – Kaska Hempel

Kaska is helping our Tayport food growers share their stories of growing food at home or at the community garden through the community blog. Get in touch if you would like to join the community blogging team! Starting in 2018 she’s also been leading our Carbon Conversations project.

Here are some words from Kaska:

After arriving in Tayport from Australia 12 years ago I have fallen in love with the place – not many people out there can say that a view from their window encompasses a castle, a forest, stunning sunrises over the river and dolphins playing in the harbour! And now there is the Community Garden:)

My background is in environmental science and botany so I love everything plant and relish being able to help with a project which is trying to make a difference for the environment (hopefully learning to grow my own veg in the process;). After my arrival in Scotland I spent 8 years creating online learning spaces and supporting others in using them while working at the University of Dundee and Edinburgh University.

Recently, I found PLANT and I have enjoyed volunteering my experience in the set up of the garden project blog pilot and helping our community bloggers flourish over the last year. Now I am looking forward to helping it grow into something more permanent. And to convincing more people that blogging isn’t as scary as it looks!