- Gardening For Health links community food-growing with National Health Service initiatives. Our project nutritionist developed a series of recipes in the first year which have provided guidance for participants on cooking with the food they have been growing.
Find a copy of these recipes by Anna Thompson here.
- We've also had several cook-up's on-site, following the success of a shared lunch. Participants used produce they had grown and harvested from the Lamb garden, to produce some tasty dishes. Click here for a selection of the incredible food that was prepared and shared. We enjoyed the inspirational flavours of some of those recipes so much that we decided to make them into specially produced recipe postcards. Photos were taken and provided by local artist, Jan O'Highway. How about buying some or all of these stunning recipe cards with photos by Jan O'Highway? They are 50p each. All four at £2 would make a great gift for your friends. The cards are available from Catherine Munro. Give her a phone call on mobile no.: 07582 125438 or email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Over the years, we've been lucky to have local BBC Radio Devon Lincoln Shaw attend many of our food cook-up sessions.
- Skill-share workshops have been a large part of the extended programme, with experts volunteering to share their knowledge and experience on a variety of topics. From herbs, to propagation, health remedies to making Rowan Berry jelly, there has been lots of opportunity to gain skills at The Lamb and at nearby Leechwell garden also.
Find a sample of the some of these workshop recipes for health here
LAMB GARDEN VOLUNTEER ROLES
* Garden 'Buddy' - A volunteer role as a Garden Buddy at The Lamb Garden, to provide important one-to-one support during G4H sessions. [fortnightly, Monday 2-4.30pm].
Working alongside the Garden Tutor, the Garden Buddy role is one of a mentor who can offer moral support and practical guidance to our participants. We welcome volunteers who can sign up to do just one session, or who can book to do more; the role can be shared.
A social care or nursing background, mentoring or volunteer experience in a supportive environment are all valuable and relevant to this role.
Reasonable travel expenses will be covered.
Examples of the role of Garden Buddy at The Lamb:
- Providing some reassurance and a friendly chat to any more participants feeling low in confidence.
- Ensuring participants are equipped with the right tools, equipment, gloves and resources for gardening: Use of kneeler pads/seats for example.
- Helping participants to work through the gardening task set; remembering the key stages/methods.
- Coordinating with a volunteer driver, where applicable, to accompany participants from off-site to the garden, e.g.: from Dawn or Meadows care homes.
- Completing the M&E questionnaire form at the beginning of a session; and ensuring each participant has provided details of emergency contact number for the session.
To discuss, contact Catherine@gardeningforhealth.org.uk Tel 07582125438
* Shepherd' - A small yet important role for The Lamb Garden, which is a community garden with a public right of access at all times.
This role is suited to those who enjoy visiting the garden, but maybe are not able to commit much time to volunteering in the garden.
Small, focused tasks can be undertaken and take just a few minutes to do. So ideal for people passing through the garden on way home from work, or stopping by at lunchtime in need of a peaceful break.
Shepherds will have access to some tools and resources if necessary too.
Examples of tasks for the 'Shepherd' role:
- Dead-heading spring bulbs like daffodils, or picking out a weed or two in the raised beds.
- Watering the seedlings growing in the greenhouse - it's only three tiers, and it can get very hot!
- Using the litter picking device in the tool shed, to pick up litter.
- Cleaning the brass plaques!
- Training any climbers that are growing and, fast too.
- Tending to the raised bed 'Herb Garden' : we have one at The Lamb and one at Leatside health centre too.
Contact Catherine@gardeningforhealth.org.uk Tel. 07582125438 for further details & to discuss being a Lamb 'Shepherd.
The above are two roles which run in conjunction with our Garden Care volunteer sessions.
* Garden Care Volunteers:
These volunteers love gardening and like to get involved regularly too; perhaps attending on the Monday Garden Care sessions every fortnight 2-4.30pm, and/or turning up when a spare hour [or two] is available.
Garden Care volunteers will now also have access to the tool shed, in order to be able to join at The Lamb during non-session time. So this role is suitable for part and full time residents in the local area.
Some reasonable travel expenses will be considered for volunteers in Totnes District but who do not live in Totnes.
Garden Care Volunteering is also a role for garden enthusiasts with a media or IT skill.
Examples of Garden Care tasks:
- This year, will involve supporting The Lamb garden's planting & maintenance scheme for RHS in Bloom Pennant Award scheme. Volunteers will be helping The Lamb garden as it begins 'Growing for Gold'
- Seasonal tasks of practical garden maintenance and DIY in the garden: putting up or checking a bird box, refilling wildlife bird fillers. Maintaining the small wildlife pond, fixing up more trailing wires and vine hooks,
- Yes, weeding and maybe mulching, turning compost in the two compost bins, watering, watering and watering [it's going to be a hot summer, right!?]. So we need planters, raised beds, troughs and hanging baskets all watered and they can get thirsty !
- Tending to the raised bed 'Herb Garden' : we have one at The Lamb and one at Leatside Health Centre too.
- Helping to design posters and signage; drafting articles, take photographs, update facebook/twitter etc. Putting together a quarterly newsletter.
Contact Catherine@gardeningforhealth.org.uk Tel. 07582125428 for further information.
VOLUNTEERING IN THE GARDENS OF TOTNES
- Totnes is a thriving community of food-growers, green-fingered, community-minded people. For those wishing to volunteer further, there are many groups and opportunities for exploring. See a list from our Facebook page with details of all the gardening groups in and around Totnes by clicking here.