Following the departure of Harri Phillips to pastures new, Retford’s gardening for wellbeing charity Muddy Fork has welcomed Rose Thorpe to the staff team. Rose joins Pete Atkins, who with volunteer support has held the fort since Harri left.
Rose is Retford born and bred, went to art college in Worksop, and following some years in Peterborough returned to the town with her family. Her most recent job was in IT sales, a high-pressure environment. She is a keen gardener, has an eye for colour, loves being out of doors, and likes to keep fit. She has settled happily into her new role, has enjoyed getting to know everyone, and is busy making community contacts.
Rose’s efforts have already borne fruit, with valued donations of various kinds coming in from a variety of sources. A sizeable donation of two consignments of wood chippings from Jono at JRS Tree Services has made a huge difference to the garden, improving access (and hence safety) on the paths, which are well-used and often boggy, while a lovely selection of seeds donated by Sutton Seeds has added impetus to the planting plans for the growing season.
Despite the continuing cold weather, the garden clearly shows that the year is progressing: the purple sprouting broccoli has been harvested and other crops are on their way.