Larking About: Mudlarks in the community
Larking About is our off-site project giving Mudlarks gardeners the opportunity to gain work experience and extend their skills. A team of gardeners, staff and volunteers take on a range of gardening jobs in the Hertford area – anything from weeding flowerbeds in private gardens to planting formal gardens in Hertford Castle.
Larking About is so important to our gardeners as it allows them to really put to use the skills they’ve learnt at Mudlarks and provides a progression from horticultural training into work. It helps each gardener build self-confidence and develop the discipline to work towards gaining employment.
In 2014 Larking About received funding to be groundspeople at Hertford Town Football Club. The team work at the club every Monday, restoring and maintaining the pitch. This is a great opportunity for Larking About gardeners to develop their skills and help produce a pitch fit for our local league team as well as up-and-coming youth teams. Many thanks to Loucas Xenophontos for making this possible and helping to create this additional opportunity for our gardeners.
Reasons to book the Larking About team for your gardening work:
- You will be helping to breakdown social prejudice towards people with learning difficulties and mental health issues.
- You will be helping people acquire real work experience to help them gain employment.
- All payments go straight back into helping run the project.
- We use only organic natural gardening methods.
- We never use harmful chemicals.
- We recycle garden waste through composting or as fuel for our wood burning stove on site.
- You’ll be getting a professional standard of work from our enthusiastic experienced team at a low cost.
Here are just some of the jobs undertaken by Larking About in the few years:
- Designing and planting new beds
- Clearing a paddock
- Tree and shrub planting
- Fruit tree pruning
- Building fences
- Hedge cutting
- Weeding, edging and mulching
- Maintaining St Leonard’s Community Garden, beds at Holy Trinity Church and Hertford Castle
How to book Larking About:
We now have a list of regular customers but can take on more as well as one-off jobs this coming year. If you’ve got a garden our team can work their magic on please call To book Larking About to come to you please call Andy on 07507 906883 (new number) to discuss your gardening needs.