Taking shape

The Hawick Community Garden is really starting to take shape!

The start of a woven fence, with a planted hedge of Goji Berry bushes marks the transition from one part of the garden to the other.

From Sue, one of the community growers,

I’m really pleased with the progress we’ve made so far. I think we make a good team and it’s such a pleasure to be part of this wonderful project.

Thanks Sue!

Come and join us!

Role: Volunteer Co-Ordinator

Organisation: Abundant Borders

Location: Hawick

Salary: £18,000 pro rata for 28 hours per week

Closing: Friday 22nd June 2018


Abundant Borders (SC046962) is a small charity working to create a network of food production site across the Scottish Borders, whose aim is to alleviate household food insecurity by teaching people to grow food in a sustainable way and how to cook healthy, inexpensive meals.

Having gained grant funding from the People’s Postcode Trust, we are looking to recruit an enthusiastic, self-motivated individual to support the volunteers who are working to create a food garden in Hawick.

This is an exciting opportunity to work with enthusiastic volunteers and a new, dynamic charity.

Gardening skills would be an advantage but are not essential. The garden is being developed using permaculture principles. Knowledge of permaculture methods of growing would be an advantage, but not essential as full support will be given.

The successful applicant should have experience of recruiting, working with and supporting volunteers and be able to maintain accurate records and undertake evaluation tasks, with supervision and support from Chief Officer. Good communication skills are essential, as is an ability to form positive partnerships with other local groups, agencies and organisations.

This is six-month post which will end December 2018. Funding to retain the post, at reduced hours, will be sought.

For further information about the project: please visit our website at www.abundantborders.org.uk

For more information about the post: please contact robin@abundantborders.org.uk

To apply: please apply in writing, with cv to karen@abundantborders.org.uk




Volunteer Co-ordinator, Hawick Project


Responsible to:                 Chief Officer

Responsible for:               Volunteers


Job Purpose

The Volunteer Co-ordinator is responsible for recruiting, training, supporting and managing volunteers at the Community Food Garden, Hawick.


Key Responsibilities

  • Engage with local communities to promote and encourage the recruitment of volunteers to work in the Community Food Garden
  • Organise profile-raising events to attract new volunteers
  • Interview and recruit volunteers
  • Generate appropriate volunteering opportunities based on the needs of the organisation
  • Provide induction and training for new volunteers, using induction template
  • Arrange and supervise all volunteer sessions at the Community Food Garden
  • Ensure there is appropriate support and training for existing volunteers
  • Monitor, support and motivate volunteers
  • Manage the reimbursement of volunteer expenses
  • Keep up to date with legislation and policy related to volunteering and inform Chief Officer of any necessary modifications to accommodate changes
  • Work with multiple agencies across different sectors to establish good working relationships to influence decisions about volunteering in Hawick and environs
  • Monitor and evaluate activities on-site and write reports for Chief Officer and trustees
  • Maintain database of volunteers and undertake any other administrative duties
  • Monitor and update volunteer policies and procedures, including risk assessments with respect to the Community Food Garden



  • The performance of the job requires a flexible approach to the work and some evening and weekend work
  • Holiday entitlement – 25 annual days pro rata (five of which must be taken during the Christmas/New Year holiday) plus ten public holidays
  • Salary: £18,000 pro rata for 28 hours per week
  • This is six-month post, funded by Postcode Lottery Trust, and will end December 2018. Funding to retain the post, at reduced hours, will be sought.

June 2018

Many hands make light work

Oh My Goodness. What is it that they say about Many Hands Making Light Work!!

What a transformation is happening in the Community Food Garden

Barren ground has been planted with trees and shrubs …..

and the view from the top of the garden has been transformed…

Lots of planting at Ayton

One of the things that is really important at Abundant Borders is community engagement.

A couple of months ago we left packets of vegetable seeds at Eyemouth High School. The young people sowed those seeds and today we collected lots of wonderful, healthy seedlings for planting.

And the potatoes, onions and berries are really coming on well too!


Street Food Galore

We spent two fantastic days in Eyemouth as part of the Street Food event organised by Eyemouth Good Food Partnership, a fantastic group (of which we are members), which promotes healthy eating and community food events in the town.

Day one was a lovely sunny day  with cooking demonstrations galore.

Shane and Annie were on hand to introduce youngsters to the delights of perennial salads. Lovage and Sweet Cicely were particular favourites!

Day two was a bit chillier but the enthusiasm of the young participants was just as warm as on day one!

Wildflower seed planting

Karen has been planting Wildflower seeds this morning.

These are a selection of shade loving seeds – Kew call the selection Woodland Wonders so into the woods we went!

So far, we have shared seeds from Kew with Eyemouth Early Learning Centre, Ayton Community Garden and Hawick Community Garden.

Open Garden Success!

What a fantastic day we had on Saturday.

The garden looked great and we had lots and lots of vistors – 68!! – and lots and lots of comment on how much had been achieved in a year!

Huge thanks to Rhonda for setting the day up and to all the gardeners for working so hard to make the plot look at it’s best

Preparing for Open Day

The Community Food Garden at Ayton is part of the Beanburn Open Gardens event, raising funds for another great charity – supporting St Abbs Lifeboat.

It was a cold, grey day – not like May Bank Holiday at all, but we had a  wonderful afternoon tidying and sprucing so that the garden could look its best!