Volunteer Gardeners

Do you like gardening or being outdoors? Have you got a few hours to spare that you could offer as a volunteer to help us develop and maintain the garden that surrounds the library? If so we would love to hear from you.

When we took over the library 5 years ago, the garden was pretty boring! Over the years we have made improvements with the help of a dedicated team of gardening volunteers who have been supported by a wider group from the community, including older people, and children and young people for specific events such as bulb planting.

We receive invaluable annual sponsorship from Irton Garden Centre who provide enough bedding plants to fill 4 large planters and we are grateful to Don French for a donation which meant that we could buy some clematis plants to grow up the walls. All the other plants have been donated or grown by volunteers.  We want the garden to be for the benefit of the whole community and we were delighted when Forge Valley Rainbows asked to have a flower bed which is now an imaginative addition to the garden. We also run various children’s activities in the garden. Last year we were honoured to receive a ‘Muck and Magic’ Best in Category Award.

You don’t have to be an expert gardener to get involved and you can give as much or as little time as you want. It’s great fun and a good way of meeting people and keeping fit!  If you would like to help, either call in to the library at 3 Pickering Road, West Ayton or telephone 01723 863052 or email info@derwentvalleybridge.co.uk and leave your contact details for the attention of Suzanne Carr.