On arrival I was greeted warmly by the other volunteers and felt at home straight away. There are so many things I enjoy about being there it is difficult to narrow it down. There is a wonderful spirit amongst everybody, everyone is willing to chip in and help each other, whether it be weeding, planting out, clearing the pathways, turning over beds or even emptying out loaded wheelbarrows. There is an enormous range of organically grown vegetables some varieties I have never even heard of before let alone seen! The array of plants, vegetables and trees growing make Stream walk a colourful and vibrant place to be, I was also thrilled to discover that there is a headless scarecrow residing there as well its very own dragon! Who at the moment has wonderful red flowers growing at the beginning of his mouth making it look like he is breathing real flames! There are so many wonderful ideas that have implemented too, it is fully accessible to wheelchair users and has an outdoor classroom so as to provide shelter in case of bad weather. The outdoor classroom to me is like the heart of the gardens, we can sit and have a tea or coffee and a chat and often roars of laughter come from the benches beneath the green canopy – the atmosphere and camaraderie among the volunteers is in my opinion what gives Stream Walk it magic.
Over the few weeks I have been visiting Stream Walk I really feel I have discovered a little haven, for the few hours I am there I could be anywhere in the world, it’s a little retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and I will continue to volunteer there as long as possible. I have learnt many things from being there including how to work a compost toilet which was a completely new experience but another story altogether……………….
Sarah Colombo, Work Experience November 2014