Volunteering in the Gertrude Jekyll garden
Gordon and Helen Smith volunteer twice a week at the Gertrude Jekyll garden at Lindisfarne Castle. Gordon has been volunteering at the garden since 2015, when he stopped working and Helen joined him in 2018 – oh and Phoebe their dog comes along too.
Gordon: At the time, we didn’t have a garden at home and I missed getting my fingers dirty. I’d just stopped working but wanted something regular to do and somewhere regular to go to. I heard they were looking for volunteers in the garden at Lindisfarne Castle and jumped at the chance.
Helen: You can arrive in the morning in a bit of a grump, but when you leave at the end of the day, you feel so much better. The fresh air, the views, the company – it’s good for your mental and physical health.
Gordon: Yes I agree with that. I’ve also learnt a lot about gardening from the gardeners who I’ve worked alongside.
Both: It’s a long walk to the castle to get a cup of tea!
Best time in the garden?
Helen: When the tide is in and the causeway is closed – it’s so peaceful in the garden.
Gordon: I agree with Helen, but also when the plants you’ve planted start to flower.
If you'd like to volunteer in the garden, email firstname.lastname@example.org
We're always looking for more people to come and help.