Introducing Bev – Gardening Support Volunteer

Greetings all from Branch-Out MK CIC. Hoping the start of 2014 has been good to you all. I wanted to introduce myself as I will sometimes also be posting blogs, as well as Theresa, the project Manager. My name is Bev. I am a volunteer here at Branch-Out MK and I have been with the team since October 2013 offering my administration skills, as well as helping in the gardens.

I have a big interest in countryside management and conservation and am hoping to pursue this further from gaining experience and obtaining qualifications in the near future. Volunteering here is such a privilege and I have to be honest, I am truly loving every minute. I hope at some point you guys, who are reading this will come to Branch-Out MK to see how wonderful this project really is.

The last 2 months have been very busy on site, hence the lack of posts. We have gained more garden workers and currently have an occupational therapy student, from the University of Northampton, who is with us till end of May for her final year placement. All the extra hands and experience helps a great deal in moving Branch-Out MK forward.

After months of hard grafting, digging the site for the heritage apple cordons and removing many heavy, large stones behind the barn we finally have placed all 26 trees and now it’s only a matter of time before we see them grow and we can collect the heritage apples.

tree plant1      tree plant2

With this complete, we moved back to the sculpture garden, to clear remaining fallen leaves from the Autumn and to weed the beds to allow for the upcoming summer plants. This garden will be a big focus for the next couple of months, with newly drawn plans to create a beautiful Georgian inspired garden in keeping with the site.

Branch-Out MK has also had the exciting privilege of working with an artist based in the Almshouses, Helene Sorensen, who creates incredible art using nature as her inspiration and is creating a large piece of art within her own studio on the Great Linford site, which will be open on display when completed.The team has helped her place approx a tonne of topsoil in her studio for her piece of work. Once completed photos will be placed on the blog for you all to see, so you are welcome to come see her work and take a tour of the Branch-Out MK workshop and gardens too.

In the last couple months we have been working very hard sowing up new plants ready for the fast approaching summer to sell at our site and also summer fetes of 2014. Please come up to our site weekdays 10-2 to be greeted by the team, buy some of our plants and be shown around to see what we do.

We hope to post at least once a month, however this can be more or sometimes less due to the demand of work required so please do like our facebook page ( , keep checking this site for more news and exciting plans for 2014.

Take care and happy growing from the gardening team at Branch-Out MK CIC.

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