Wilton Lodge Park Volunteering
Walled Garden volunteers meet in mid-February to discuss the growing plan for the coming year. They will then be back at the Walled Garden mid-March to start preparing the beds.
This involves the following tasks being carried out:
- Digging over the beds
- Stone removal
- Cutting the Hungarian grazing rye and dig in (this is a winter green manure)
Planting of seeds are carried out during the following timescales:
- Seed planting takes place in the greenhouse and all veggies are brought on from seed apart from potatoes and onions which will be planted out during April
- Young plants are planted out by late May, early June dependent on the weather
- Structures for the peas, beans and sweetcorn will be made during early May which are usually constructed of bamboo canes
For the rest of the summer the volunteers weed the areas, water and keep everything ticking along as well as weeding and caring for the perennial beds in the other areas of the walled garden.
In addition to these activities the volunteers have an ‘away day’ trip usually to other community gardens, this takes place in August.
Harvesting usually takes place throughout the year but for peas, beans, sweetcorn, onions, pumpkin and fruits this is usually in September and October. Then at the end of the year, beds are tidied up, rye is planted and compost laid and then covered up. We also prune all fruit trees and bushes.
During the summer other volunteer activities include:
- Helping with events - involves helping set up and take down gazebos, tables and chairs
- Assisting with children’s events and activities
- Crowd management and stewarding
- Scottish Water employees coming for a volunteer day in the park in April
- Wilton Centre kids doing some outdoor wildlife themed activities in the walled garden during the summer
Become a Volunteer
If you would like find our more information on becoming a volunteer please contact Volunteer Co-odinator.