Adam and Euan
Volunteer numbers are increasing in the Walled Garden as people find companionship, learn new skills – or just like being there.
Six-year long volunteer Euan Wood, now a professional horticulturalist, got his volunteering start and indeed his gardening start at the Garden.
His volunteering was a positive addition to his job applications leading eventually to a job with a Cupar-based landscape and gardening company.
En route he gained an HNC in horticultural from Elmwood College in Cupar. Remembering his early days at the Garden, he says: “I had never really done any gardening before and I wanted to know more about it. It helped me a lot with my confidence. I was quiet when I started, but I’m not so quiet now,” he laughs.
Someone who can vouch for that is his workmate, recent Balwearie High School graduate Adam Falconer. He originally came to the Garden to do one of the sections in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and stayed. “It was something different to what I had done before. I kept on coming because I like it,” he says. Referring to his workmate and mentor Euan, he adds laughing: “Oh, sometimes he bosses me about a bit.” Everybody grows at Greener Kirkcaldy.|