Gill moved to Kirkcaldy in Fife just over seven years ago, she was new to the area and wanted to meet people and do something positive in her local community.
She’d always been a keen gardener and went to visit Greener Kirkcaldy, a community growing area. She was given a tour of the Garden and admitted that at the time she thought their plans were a bit unrealistic, but she wanted to help and soon found herself at the heart of the community helping out every week in between looking after her mum.
Gill attended the Community Camp in 2018, funded by the National Lottery, having always wanted to visit Eden Project. She had a great experience, describing it as “so friendly”. She said “You never feel unwelcome or alone. I have made loads of friends and have a great network of contacts now. I would go again tomorrow if I could.”
'I would say I have grown in confidence and knowledge since visiting. If you look at the Greener Kirkcaldy website, you can see just how much we have grown too.'
Gill works as a volunteer gardener on the growing plots and orchard, and over the past seven years, they have gone from strength to strength. There are more volunteers and growing areas than ever, and recently they secured a building which now provides Community Lunches and cookery opportunities, plus a well used Food Bank and a huge Community Fridge which stops spare food being wasted.
They run training events and workshops for groups and the general public, focusing on cooking, growing fruit and veg, energy use, cycle training, mindfulness and even have a herbalist on hand to give people advice on growing and using herbs. With something for everyone, Greener Kirkcaldy is definitely bringing the community together!