At Home With Helen

How Does Your Garden Grow? A wee chat with Helen from the Torry Older People’s Network and Cultivate Aberdeen Volunteer. 

We checked in with Helen, another one of our volunteers and an original member of the Network that had the vision of converting St Fitticks’ into a community garden. We wanted to see how she was coping with the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown and to hear her thoughts on gardening.

Helen – we have the results of the UDecide competition and can tell you that Cultivate has been successful. 

That’s great news! I’m so pleased that the people of Torry are getting behind the garden. But what can we do just now?

We have permission to put some of the funding to veg growing kits due to Covid-19 as we are about cultivating all sorts of things, including mental health.

That’s a great idea! It will be good for isolation.

Helen – could you tell us what gardening means to you?

Well I must confess I’m not that green fingered! But I love gardens and folk getting out and about in them – it’s good for the community. I’m up for a veg box though!

How are you coping in the crisis? 

My daughter is helping me and coming in from Kemnay. My other daughter is helping me out too. I’m getting by all right. I’ve good neighbour and we chat from a social distance. But it’s frustrating!

And what about life in Torry just now?

We hard about a food parcel event up at the shop at the top of Balnagask Road – there was a good few folk there. It was a donation by the Pakistani community in Aberdeen. Very much appreciated. 

Thanks Helen

This #MondayMotivation take a leap out of Helen’s book and cultivate some connectivity with your neighbours. We’re bringing you wee stories from our volunteers over the next couple of weeks and if you want to get involved, share your thoughts around gardening, your tips for the season or for staying sane in lockdown then you can get in-touch via