With Chrissi and Mirelle’s permission I conducted my project –an introduction into anthropological research methods – and became a weekly volunteer with the Tuesday garden group. I live in a flat and miss having my own outdoor space. It was a real pleasure and a luxury to each week enter the community garden with KET and for a short time attend to my own patch of greenery.
Unlike some of my fellow volunteers I am by no means naturally green fingered (though I still hope one day I might be!) I was pleased to discover that other more knowledgeable volunteers were quick and willing to share their knowledge with me and I learnt a great deal working alongside them. There is something hugely satisfying about working with your hands and feeling the earth and leaves between your fingers. It is hard work, exhausting at times but undeniably rewarding. It was immensely pleasing to watch the garden changing and evolving each week as we slowly readied it for Winter.
Being part of the garden group with KET gave me the opportunity to meet new people and learn more about Whitstable. The garden provided a fantastic opportunity to chat with others and make friends. I enjoyed the friendly and sociable atmosphere that pervaded as we worked and even more so during the all important tea breaks!
Working at the garden allowed me to develop a specific set of skills for my studies, but more importantly it showed me a new side of Whitstable and was a highlight of my week. It enabled me to learn and develop new gardening skills. I learnt a lot more about the area, I met a wonderful group of individuals who I might never have come into contact with otherwise and I got the opportunity to garden each week with the direction and support of Chrissi and the volunteers –something which was ever enjoyable and good for me.