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Board Member Biography – Malcolm Dobson

 

Malcolm Dobson
Malcolm Dobson, Board Member

What is your role at the Hidden Gardens?

I have been a volunteer at the Gardens for 5 – 6 years. My main role in that time has been helping Paula Murdoch with the Grassroots group of volunteers, who met on Wednesdays.

I am part of the group of ‘Voluntour Guides’ who give guided tours to the gardens for individuals or groups.

I joined the Board in Spring 2016, and hope that my experience as a volunteer will help the board to support the valuable work the volunteers do.

 What is your role outside the Hidden Gardens?

Before I retired I was a librarian working in education (schools and colleges) and most recently in the health service. I am also interested in art, working mainly in ceramics, and have recently moved to a house with a garden so I’ve been spending a lot of time on that.

What are your special areas of interest?

Volunteering, garden management & design and art

Why do you like the Hidden Gardens?
What attracted you to the Hidden Gardens?

I like the Gardens for their beauty, the history of the site shown in the design, the variety of styles & environments, I like the fact that people can engage with the Gardens on a variety of levels – a place to relax, to connect with nature, to look at plants, to learn.

BOARD MEMBER BIOGRAPHY – NICOLA MACNAUGHTON

Nicola McNaughtonPic Peter Devlin
Nicola McNaughton by Peter Devlin

What is your role at The Hidden Gardens?

I joined The Hidden Gardens Board in February 2016. While I’m still very new in post I’m enjoying being part of the team and getting to know more about how the Gardens operate.

What is your role outside of The Hidden Gardens?

I work as a gardener part time for Thomas Angel Gardeners in the north of Glasgow.  I also do freelance public relations and copywriting work for organisations such as Gardening Scotland which takes place every year at Ingliston near Edinburgh.

What are your special areas of interest?

Public relations, public affairs and media relations.  I’m also a qualified horticulturalist and love learning about plants and wildlife.

Why do you like The Hidden Gardens?
What attracted you to The Hidden Gardens?

The Hidden Gardens provides a green space for people to enjoy and relax in.  I think that’s really important for people who work and live in the city and may not have their own garden or outdoor space.  I was attracted to the gardens because I believe in the power of gardening and plants to inspire people and bring communities together.

Big Garden Birdwatch 2016: Homes & Shelters

Big Garden Birdwatch banner

The Hidden Gardens staff and volunteers had a lovely morning taking part in
the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch on Saturday 30th January 2016.

Our initial excitement at seeing a Sparrow hawk fly over the gardens was dampened when we realised that the silence meant all the wee birds had stopped singing and gone into hiding! However they did venture out again and we were very pleased with our ‘snapshot’ of the bird life in the gardens. Here’s what we saw during our hour:

blackbird x 2
bluetit x 4
crow x 3
chaffinch x 4
coaltit x 1
dunnock x 1
feral pigeon x 2
goldfinch x 1
great tit x 2
greenfinch x 1
magpie x 3
robin x 2
wood pigeon x 2
bullfinch x 3
sparrowhawk x 1