Fieldworker – Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire
I have always had an interest in gardening since I was tiny but have had no formal gardening training, despite my hopes as a child to run my own nursery. I ended up training as a Community Learning Worker instead and have been fortunate to be part of some great projects, which have involved wearing guinea pig masks to undertake guerrilla gardening and playing, sorry working, at the Grove in Aberdeen – all these greenhouses and polytunnels to have fun in! My own garden tends towards the interesting rather than productive – lots of hidey holes, water features, art and the occasional light spectacular but I have given up the battle with the snails over courgettes, they win hands down every time… My expertise is mainly in the mental health and learning disability fields and I would say I was good at coming up with a wide range of ideas to engage participants. I have also been about for a long time so I have lots of contacts and know where to go to for inspiration, support and (sometimes) money. I love getting groups together to develop new ideas and share resources, often the best way to get something kick started or revitalised if flagging. I may not have all the answers but can usually find someone who can help. Working in the voluntary sector for a long time I am also good at doing a lot with very little so can help if it all looks financially very bleak – there’s always a way.