In praise of Twilight Volunteering

On the evening of October 22, we celebrated the closing of our successful Twilight Gardening project, a project that we have been running for years and we opened for a new season last spring, writes Silvia Pedretti.

Every other Wednesday regular and newcomers, from local and non-local areas, joined us at the Kings Cross Skip Garden throughout spring, summer and autumn, feeding us and the garden with their knowledge, enthusiasm and love for the community.

People of all ages helped the Skip Garden grow and to look spectacular, making Global Generation a place of reflections, learning and creativity.

Planting a seed or watering a crop, it is not just gardening. The work of our volunteers spreads through the days, allowing us to offer food for meetings and workshops, to educate young people about urban food, to support our programmes and to be a place of values.

Our Twilight Gardeners arrive at the end of the day, at twilight, when the Skip Garden is closed to the public. They're an invisible yet vital touch that, like other invisible things, keeps the garden going.

Volunteers are the pillars of a better world, giving time and thoughts to a project, a city, expressing a sense of belonging to something bigger than their own individual lives.

Those who volunteer have a sense of non-separation with the rest of the world, in a society that can’t only revolve around money and profit. The world is also a product of choices - people who choose to be altruistic and improve the quality of life without being paid. Volunteers make me believe even more that every human being cares for others, for other people, for the environment, for the whole.

London is not just a cold city of business. There is another face of this place often silent and invisible, but precious and vital.

I wanted to thank all our Twilight Gardeners, not only for the great work they carried out through the seasons but for the story that we have co-written.

Wednesdays have been really busy and long days at Global Generation. But at 5 o’clock, as soon as the first volunteer showed up, my tiredness faded away thanks to something amazing: someone out there still had something to give to this world, even after a long day.

See you back in the garden next Spring!