Greg Young is starting today as the new Kirknewton Community Gardener. The role is funded by the Scottish Government and Development Trust of Scotland. We will let you know what services Greg can provide, with the funds from work he does going back into community projects. He will also support some of the work of community groups locally.
Greg has worked in a variety of gardening, groundskeeping and Social enterprise roles since graduation (BA in Photography and PGDip in Organic Farming) and one of his hobbies is to take people out for foraging walks for free wild food. During this time he has also had to opportunity to work with a wide range of tools, from everyday gardening tools, to small diggers and power tools.
During his time as a Groundskeeper and Manager with Growing Gardeners he had to opportunity to plan and implement larger projects that are still being used today. At Belmont with help from volunteers from the local primary School he designed and planted a fruit orchard.
While working at Belmont he also worked on creating a woodland nature trail between all the veteran trees on the site. These were all trees that were imported such as Sequoia or Japanese Larch which had grew to an extraordinary size but were also havens for a wild variety of wildlife including Red Squirrels and Sea Eagles. For this he cleared brash and logs to create paths, built two viewing platforms and designed a map for people to use on the trail.
While working for Growing Gardeners he had the opportunity to teach gardening and life skills to participants through a number of projects. One of the main elements of this job was to replace Midlothian Council’s gardening service for elderly and disabled people by teaching gardening skills to young people who have left School without many qualifications. One of the projects he worked on during his time there I was working with local care home in Mayfield where he created an edible growing area that included a green house along with raised beds that were all wheelchair accessible. This is still in regular use today and has provided recreation and healthier food for the residents of the home.
He has always had a strong interest in the environment and gardening and is confident and enjoys sharing this knowledge with others. He is an honest and hard working person who is easy to get along with and enjoy working with others. He has a full current driving license, with a good knowledge of the area around Kirknewton.
He strongly believes that projects like ours are essential to the health of our nation and allows people and projects to connect in order to make local communities more sustainable, and this is why he would like to work for KDCT, as he believes that he could contribute in a positive way to this project.