Tales of a volunteer

Dr Jack assists
The Rev Dr James Jack is always willing to lend a hand

A few thoughts from one of our wonderful volunteers:

I recently retired and was looking for volunteering particularly something completely different from my working life.  I applied to Jock Tamsons Gairden and have been going weekly now for about a year and a half.  My gardening skills are limited, however I can say that I absolutely love my days at the garden, I have learned so many new skills and have been encouraged to tackle a variety of jobs always within my capabilities.  

Building the seat
Building the seat, which gives a lovely view over the loch. A grand spot for reflection or to share company

I have met so many interesting people from such a wide variety of backgrounds.  My mother died a couple of years ago and I have found my weekly visits therapeutic in the peaceful setting beside Duddingston Kirk looking out onto Duddingston Loch.  I really enjoy meeting the people who use the garden for activities, volunteering or just to soak in the quiet peaceful atmosphere. I consider Lizz and many of the volunteers as friends who provide laughter and support especially during the last few difficult months.  

The volunteers are at the heart of Jock Tamsons Gairden

One thing I have loved is seeing the changes in the garden not only with every season but with the projects as they develop.  I feel proud to be a volunteer at the Glebe.

Fiona Scott.