I started volunteering in the wildlife garden at Gosling Sike in the summer of 2018. I had previously done some volunteering on reserves, and this felt a good opportunity to support a worthwhile new project that was close to home. At that time, the garden was an expanse of bare ground and a planting plan. It has been very satisfying to have played a small part in the transformation that has taken place over the past two years.
At a practical level, my involvement has been with the basic tasks, such as weeding, mulching and planting out. I am far from being an expert gardener, but a great thing about volunteering with the Trust is that it doesn’t really matter. You can learn as you go, and the Trust is really supportive. I’ve had lots of opportunities to try new things, including laying a willow hedge, weaving hazel hurdles, and putting up a cleft oak fence. Over time, I have also become more involved in supporting the centre manager in the management of volunteer days.