In 2010, I along with a friend, volunteered for ‘Live Well, Get Well’ based on an allotment down at Hodge House. We planted in raised beds and normal allotment stuff. In 2013 it closed down but Nigel invited me to Garden-Able, still at Hodge House. I came along and have stayed ever since. My friend though, well he went on to do other things.
What I like most about Garden-Able is the woodwork I’ve done with Geoff. I’ve learnt loads and really like that aspect of construction. For instance, recently we made benches, when other people can use what you’ve made, it makes you feel good. It gets you fit too, working in the fresh air, I’ve gained confidence as I’ve gained new skills and met many interesting people.
I feel comfortable here, most things I’ve only been able to stick at for a year or so, this is the longest thing I’ve ever done. I help other people with woodwork now, I never thought I’d be doing that, and for me it’s even better than gardening. I’ve helped build the chicken run here, and the shed. I helped demolish the old shed too. Other people have helped along the way of course but I’ve been here all the way through the process, I’m really proud of what we’ve achieved together.
The Crowdfunded shed at Garden-Able, built by volunteers and staff