News from Volunteers
We’ve been blown away with all the news and photos that Greener Kirkcaldy volunteers have sent us for this edition of the Volunteers Newsletter and for Volunteers Week. We are showing as many as we can here and on social media over the coming weeks.
Alice and Roy – Gardening and Growing Volunteers
Alice and Roy have their own allotment at Ravenscraig Walled Garden. While at their allotment last Monday, they walked over to the bug hotel Greener Kirkcaldy created… ” We were able to watch the mason bees now using the cut canes to lay their eggs. Roy drilled another couple of logs with more holes as the hotel is filling up! You can see a bees emerging from canes in this photo ( middle and bottom of image).”
Lesley Wallace – Gardening and Growing Volunteer
“I’ve been spending much of lockdown in my own garden. It was just a patch of lawn when I moved in about a year and a half ago, and is quite small. The recent gales were a challenge, and I had to bring the tomatoes back into the house for a short time while I rebuilt the mini greenhouse that was wrecked by the wind (as you can see in the photo).
The wildlife pond I put in last year is coming along. It’s quite messy but that’s the way it’s meant to be. Tadpoles, birds and lots of different insects including water beetles are enjoying it. There is a frog but he is quite good at hiding and I hardly see him. A good tip, as it isn’t always easy at the moment to get pond plants, is to chuck in a bag of supermarket watercress. It soon puts out roots and mine is now flowering!
I’m also growing some veg. Again, lockdown has meant having to adapt. The potatoes are from the fridge and herbs, including chives, living plants from the supermarket. The hole in the fence is for hedgehogs to get through. I live in hope that one might pay a visit! They are in decline and it would be great if more people thought about doing this with their garden fences.”
Amanda Graham – Community Food Volunteer
“My husband and l have been getting out and about during lockdown cycling and walking around Kingskettle and surrounding areas.” Amanda sent some spectacular images of the views she has been photographing to share with us.
Gary Shannon – Gardening and Growing Volunteer; and Jim Taylor – Community Fridge/ Food Volunteer
Gary and Jim sent us coastal views from when they have been out walking and cycling. There is an abundance of sealife on our coast.
Linda Nguyen and Simon Turner – Community Food Volunteers
“We’d like to share some photos of Spring especially flowers in our area and our first vegan cake-sweet potato and almond with chocolate. The result was good. We hope all of you can go out and enjoy the Spring in your local area. Stay positive and keep yourself healthy.”
As we enter Volunteers Week 2020, some volunteers have been reflecting on why they volunteer and what they hope they will get from volunteering in the future.
“I enjoy volunteering at the garden mainly because it’s like a family. We all care, help and look out for each other. It’s nice that we can influence what we will plant or create each year. I am able to expand my gardening knowledge while having fun.” Daisy
Anne Sinclair – Community Fridge Volunteer
I’d really like to continue doing the food pick up for the community fridge. At the moment my husband David and I aren’t doing anything outside the house except walking and collect groceries. I hope you get back into full swing soon at GK . It’s really impressive that you’ve been able to do so much, especially the meals programme. Well done!|