'I'm afraid I don't know anything about gardening.' Despite my opening words, my arrival at the Edible Garden as a new volunteer was met with an enthusiastic welcome. Volunteer Hayley had a clutch of newbies to show around the garden and soon had us weeding and watering more or less the right things.
By Louise Yates
On Sunday morning I set off to Hampton Court on the ungodly 8.33 from Gipsy Hill, to my volunteer induction at the Britain in Bloom garden at the flower show.
After a bit of a search for the garden entrance which has no signs up yet, I make it into the site, get given the obligatory Hi-viz jacket and head off to find the other volunteers. All around, people swarm with determination, all in Hi-viz, all so important they can't raise a smile. Buggies dash by, trade vans buzz past and the occasional truck squeezes into a space. Instructions are given and red-faced lackeys dash off, hidden under a teetering pile of boxes or crates.
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