Working with Volunteers
Heritage gardens are increasingly looking to volunteers to work with permanent staff in an attempt to maintain and improve standards. Training rewards and motivates both permanent staff and volunteers and is important in maintaining a healthy dynamic. My training programmes draw on over 20 years of experience, both as a volunteer and professional facilitator.
At Valentines Park in Ilford a ‘dry garden’ was commissioned in 2012 to act as a focus for HM The Queen’s visit at the start of her Diamond Jubilee Tour and to remain as a permanent record of her visit. The design was the result of a successful collaboration between Simon Litt, the park’s manager, artist Fiona Heron, whose sculpture forms an integral part of the new garden, and me providing the detailed planting plans. I worked with both volunteers and park staff to carry out the planting.
Since 2015 I have worked with the Friends of Brunswick Square and the London Borough of Camden running a series of workshops and practical sessions. In March 2017 we entirely renovated the square’s northwest border using over 300 new plants.