Glen completed his horticulture certificate at the end of 2013 and began working five days a week at Curtin University as part of the grounds crew. Glen enjoys gardening because he’s passionate about nature and the outdoors and also values physical work. However, his job through the week does not allow for too much creativity within the role. Glen was keen to meet with people who were equally passionate about gardening, but didn’t treat it just as a “job”, and have somewhere he would be able to work within a team environment and have valued input doing so.
With his Rec Officer, Glen approached the Vic Park Community Garden and enquired about possible roles. Immediately, Glen was able to assist with some of the “heavy lifting”, as the Community Garden was in the process of repaving their paths for better wheelchair access. Glen also started attending the garden’s busy bees without his Rec Officer and quickly became an independent, respected and valued member of the Community Garden.
Glen also developed a relationship with Jackson, another young guy at the garden, and the two of them worked at developing the garden’s composting system (which has never smelt sweeter!). On top of this, the guys teamed up with three others to split the costs of an allotment and over the last weekend prepared the plot for planting. Glen’s horticulture knowledge and eagerness to get involved has made him a valued and respected member of the Vic Park Community Garden. He’s also already looking into other ways that he can contribute, including sitting on the social committee to work out ways to attract more young people to the garden!