Volunteers Week 2024 – Meet Brian

It’s Volunteer Week and to celebrate our brilliant team, we are sharing some insights into what people help make happen at TCR.
Over to Brian, one of our gardening team…
“If you have retired or have time on your hands then one of the best ways for physical and mental health is to take up gardening. It is after all a pastime which gives reward for your efforts and can be done by almost anyone at a pace to suit your abilities and you will learn a new skill.
One of the best kept secrets in Barnard Castle is the garden facilities at the TCR Hub. The extensive grounds of the Hub has areas for the community to use the outdoors, two large ponds, numerous apple and other fruit trees as well as a growing area featuring raised beds and a large poly-tunnel.
Keeping the grounds looking good requires a number of volunteer helpers to allow the community to fully enjoy these areas. The reason why you volunteer is very personal to the individual, in my case after retiring late in 2022, I wanted to keep active. Initially I thought of taking up an allotment but finding a suitable allotment in Barnard Castle is nigh impossible especially if you are in the parish of Marwood.
After realising this; the next best thing was to volunteer at the Hub and use their facilities to grow things for the community. After all, the food grown is used for the food pantry to those people struggling at these difficult times and also to supply the Hub’s kitchen to be used for cookery classes for the younger members of society and for lunches for the older people.
The benefit of volunteering is that you can put whatever time you have to suit you and you can always say no if you do not want to do anything. You plan your own work and in my case I grow what I think best. There are other benefits of getting out and meeting various people at the Hub who are always friendly and helpful. What I did not expect was the huge variety of wildlife around the Hub. The robin who would follow you around only inches away while you dig the soil hoping it would get the worms you have exposed. The sighting of deer, rabbits, a whole variety of birds, pesky grey squirrels and even a barn owl! I have yet to see the woodpecker I often hear. It is a delight to see the ducklings and goslings following their parents and seeing them rapidly grow as well as the variety of wild flowers around the site. Volunteering does have its downs. The constant rain of last winter for instance made the place like a quagmire but that’s where investment in waterproofs is needed!
So if you have any time and want to get involved you would always be welcome at the TCR Hub.”
Volunteers Week 2024 - Meet Brian

Volunteers Week 2024 – Meet Brian

Thank you, Brian for all you do. Interested in joining the team? Contact Sarah at sarah@tcrhub.co.uk for a chat.

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