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Volunteers are vital to the progress of the garden !
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The garden is maintained entirely by volunteers and we always welcome new members to our team. Tasks include any gardening jobs from deadheading, pruning, planting seeds, planting out, propagation, weeding, looking after vegetables, flower borders, fruit and herbs, harvesting produce and for those who like to – digging. We also welcome help with meeting and greeting visitors for our regular opening and for special events. Other support could be help with fundraising, promotion and DIY type tasks.

You don't need experience, we all help each other out.

Currently we work in the garden on Saturday and Wednesday mornings. If you are interested please contact us on 07973 380827, info@ramseywalledgarden.org or via our facebook page. facebook

Below is one of our volunteer's experience:

“About 15 years ago I attended a talk about the walled garden in Ramsey, and how a group of volunteers were bringing life back to an overgrown, forgotten Victorian kitchen garden within the grounds of Ramsey Abbey School. It seemed a huge endeavour, but one worth achieving. Over the years I have visited the garden a few times and have always been impressed at the transformation.

In July, having recently retired, I started volunteering at the walled garden. It has been wonderful to spend time in such a beautiful, peaceful, setting, and I have grown to love Wednesday mornings at the garden. Arriving about 9 a.m. volunteers are allocated a task by the garden's overseer, Jane Sills. Some volunteers have been coming for years and have their own specialist interest areas, others, like myself, do whatever is needed on the day. So far, I have dead-headed dahlias, picked beans and red currants, planted onions and moved plants to a holding bed, as well as the gardener's favourite, weeding. There is always something to do and plenty to learn, whether it is picking the correct tool for a specific job, or discovering the name of an unfamiliar plant.

Part of the joy of volunteering at the walled garden is meeting so many different people, each with their own interests and stories. Some are experienced gardeners, others not. Some work for a living, or are between jobs, others are retired and some are doing community service. All are made to feel welcome and their labour valued, regardless of whether the person attends regularly or not. The atmosphere is one of gentle encouragement and enthusiasm. Whatever work is accomplished, it needed to be done.