Many of you may know that our Head Gardener, Sarah McCormack, and Volunteer Co-ordinator, Cat Moffatt, have moved on from Ford Park to start their own businesses. We wish them both the very best in their new endeavours and on behalf of everyone at Ford Park, extend a huge thank you for all their hard work and commitment over the years.
Our new team have quickly picked up where they left off. Valerie Madden, previously our apprentice gardener, took up the role of part-time Gardener in July. Val knows the garden and our team of staff, volunteers and trustees very well and we are delighted that she continues to manage our beautiful walled garden and nursery.
We are also very happy to welcome Catherine Elliott (pictured) as our new Volunteer Team Leader. Cath co-ordinates our wonderful team of dedicated volunteers and works alongside them in the garden and park.
A new addition to our small team is Andrew Wilkinson (pictured), who is leading our park management and maintenance works and brings a wealth of practical knowledge, skills and experience that will help to keep our park safe and looking wonderful.
Our amazing volunteers are an inspiration and continue to provide invaluable support on a routine and ad hoc basis. Turning up every week in all weathers, we could not do what we do without their help and support. Opportunities in the garden keep them busy and many of them are enjoying more physical tasks in the wider park, such as path and wall maintenance. Even the most mundane tasks, such as litter picks and bin emptying, would be a struggle without our volunteers.
So as the busy summer ends, our small team of staff and our amazing volunteers are looking forward to our autumn jobs, though perhaps not to the changing weather.
**GET INVOLVED** We are looking for volunteers to help out at our events. Whether it be helping with car parking or looking after a stall, there are plenty of ways you can support our events as an Event Volunteer. If you are interested, please email your details to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com – and we will only contact you regarding volunteering opportunities at events.