|Photo by Brendan Murphy|
Some twenty years ago I worked as Information Officer at the Independent Living Service - just up the drive from our garden's site.
I've also had decades with my hands in the soil, after training in a Diploma of Landscape Design and working as a self-employed landscape gardener with a team whilst raising my two children.
The year I graduated from The Diploma Of Landscape Design I signed a contract to supply branches of Palmers with a Landscape Design Service. I grabbed my graduate colleagues to subcontract to me and we divvied the work out between us. Two weeks later I was approached to raise a child by adoption who arrived within a fortnight! A joy of epic proportion as I was 39 and thought I was heading to Russia to fulfil motherhood.
Unitec had also approached me to run weekly tutorials in landscape design, plus I was providing design material and screen time on occasion for ‘Five Thirty with Jude'. I worked two weekdays arrival of our second baby three years later. My team continued the design work so I could focus on being a Mum for two years, returning to work when my oldest entered school. My saving grace has been a humorous husband's wonderful Scottish wit. He is also a dab hand in the kitchen and at keeping the children’s eyes twinkling.
I look back at that time juggling motherhood and work and wonder how I stayed sane! I think the answer is with great support people around me, including my incredible mum, who remains a great supporter to this day and my dad.
So you can imagine my delight when I heard of the new opportunity at Dig It! This role truly combines my passions for organic gardening and working with a diverse community within a space where all people are valued and welcome. It truly feels like the perfect way to combine my passions. What an amazing place to work!
I’d really like to thank all of the people who are part of the Dig It! family, who’ve really made me feel very welcome. There is an amazing team, network of supporters and dedicated volunteers who can feel very proud to be connected to this wonderful space.
If you haven’t been down to the gardens lately, we would love to see you. After a lot of hard work, the beds are really beginning to flourish. The broad beans are particularly good – come down and try them! You’ll find lots of different and inexpensive ways to get your own home garden bursting to life, or connect with opportunities to get involved at Dig It!
I would also like to take this opportunity to invite you to come down and meet myself and my gentle garden dog Louie.
I look forward to meeting you or hearing from you soon.
|Louie looks forward to meeting you!|
Recently I have been using my garden to get into composting. I find it helps me recycle my food waste more effectively, and has made a difference to making my garden more eco-friendly. I'm hoping it will make a difference to my fruit and veg plants, hopefully I will see results soon.ReplyDelete
Norberto @ Thorburn Landscapes
That they are going to dispose your waste off. They will be in a much better position to have the entire junk picked up and disposed in a correct and responsible manner. Is it illegal to dump garden wasteReplyDelete
Push reel mowers are lightweight, easy to use and gives your lawn that golf course look. Owning a push reel mower is an important part of organic gardening. Light deprivation greenhouseReplyDelete