Ned’s Story

Volunteers at Flower Pod

Since I retired from the Fire and Rescue Service I have done a lot of voluntary work – firstly as a magistrate and then for Citizens Advice Bureau, but I was looking for something different. I live in Southwell and had heard about Flower Pod so started volunteering for 2 half days a week.

I am no gardener but I’m reasonably good at DIY. At Flower Pod we try to be as environmentally friendly as possible, so we build whatever is needed using old pallets and other materials ready to hand. So far, I have worked with clients and other volunteers to improve our facilities by building such things as compost bins, and cold frames. I have also created a drainage system to take water from the roof to water butts thereby reducing the amount of mains water we use.

Time spent at Flower Pod is a wonderful experience. The garden overlooks the town and in the early morning before the arrival of the clients and volunteers there is an all-pervading sense of peace and harmony amongst the flowers. Then as the number of people arriving for the day’s activities increases, the buzz of conversation and laughter grows and continues throughout the day until finally, at the end of the day, peace and silence returns. This is truly a happy and rewarding place to be. I would encourage anybody with some free time to volunteer here. It is really worthwhile helping folk learn new skills and building their confidence.

Volunteering at Flower Pod is Really Worthwhile and Very Rewarding