An innovative garden sharing website aimed created by a London garden enthusiast is offering people in Highland Perthshire a prime opportunity to venture outdoors once again following a long year stuck at home and for those with an overgrown garden, the chance to prune back the weeds.
Lend and Tend was created by Joyce Veheary who lived in a London flat with no outdoor space, turned to the local community to see if anyone would be willing to share. The offers came and the idea came to Joyce that there must be others in her position.
Joyce launched the website and began matching Lenders and Tenders all over the country – recently including residents in Highland Perthshire.
“What I’ve noticed and what people have been telling me is that a lot more people are spending time in their front gardens and I think we’re sort of going back to a time where we’re starting to say hello to our neighbours and strangers that we pass on walks a little bit more.
“It’s a great way to meet people, particularly if you’re the sort of person like me who for years and years basically slammed the door behind me in the morning run to the station, go to work in the city, come home and I never really took off take notice of my neighbourhood.
“It’s only been in the last year where I’ve been going on endless walks I’ve been really nosing into people’s gardens and you just get chatting to people.
“We’ve all been in such a terrible situation that it’s a great leveller just talking to people in their front gardens.
Joyce explained that for an area like Highland Perthshire, the idea of coming together as a community to share our gardens, skills, tools, or expertise is a real “win-win situation”.
People in Highland Perthshire have a wealth of knowledge they can share with their friends and neighbours to not only grow flowers but also fruits or vegetables – cutting down on food wastage and taking advantage of the natural resources we have around us.
“There are so many things that we can grow ourselves like salads and eat seasonally as well and I’m absolutely so passionate about eating seasonally.
“When you start caring for your garden, you’ll realise how important it is to compost, and sort of close the cycle of food waste and help your garden grow more healthily and be more beneficial to the shipping away of rubbish and conserving the waste that we can to be useful to us.”
To learn more about Lend and Tend or to get involved, please visit: https://www.lendandtend.com/