I worked at Hollybush from 1987 until my retirement in 2001. Initially, I was Training Manager for the Area and later nationally but still, to my delight, being able to be based in Leeds and not have to transfer to Wallingford.
I still remember my first day with BTCV – the delight of being back in the voluntary sector where the friendliness and enthusiasm of everyone was so inspiring. I felt very much a part of it as well as, at the same time, feeling a bit out of things because of my age. Not that anyone else commented on it but I was glad I had sons about the same age as many of the volunteers – they could keep me in touch with young views!
As well as the work which I thoroughly enjoyed I remember the delight of wandering into the garden, cup of coffee in hand when it was time for a break. One day in particular sticks in my mind – I walked down to the pond and couldn’t see a drop of water. It was a warm sunny day and the pond was absolutely full of frogs, all with their heads stuck out of the water, eyes looking in the same direction. I’ve never seen so many frogs together at one time – before or since.