Social Impact

David Cockburn

2018 Highly Commended

When David signed up for a gardening course, little did he know those initial 12 weeks would turn into years of learning, volunteering and peer mentoring.

A wheelchair user for 26 years, David had a large garden at home which he had not been able to use. He wanted to learn how to grow his own vegetables, and although very nervous about joining a course with people he didn’t know, he decided to take the plunge and signed up for ‘Plot to Plate’ at PCP.

Since then David has attended numerous gardening and horticulture courses and transformed his own garden from a barren area into a thriving accessible garden with ramp, paved paths and raised beds packed with fruit, vegetables and flowers. David is now a PCP volunteer, supporting other course attendees, some with learning or physical disabilities. He also gives talks and guided visits, extolling the benefits of gardening for physical and mental health and has taught himself how to set up and maintain blog, to further spread the word about the community garden.

David said, “I hope that with this confidence I have gained through learning that I can make a difference to other people.”

David’s nominator, Liz Godfrey, said, “He has overcome so many physical and mental barriers and is an excellent role model for anyone who wants to learn but feels unable or incapable.”