Okay, so number one I didn’t know the Ebony Horse Club existed. Embarrassing enough. Number two, I am not much of a gardener so was a bit apprehensive about the tree-planting and fence mending on Saturday 13 April.
However organised by local social enterprise Embrace Cooperation it was a doddle. I borrowed some sterling gloves, got digging and enjoyed myself thoroughly – even though it started to drizzle rather heavily.
The horses are amazing looking and were very friendly, trying to sneak a few mouthfuls of grass from the sides of their paddock, while planting was made easier by the lush soil and keen fellow volunteers.
I quite fancied myself as a gardener after my two hour stint – although I still can’t tell a Hawthorn from a Sycamore?
The aim was to grow up a fence around the paddock, prettify the area, add some colour – and keep ‘raucous’ dogs getting too close to the horses.
As another volunteer said, we just need to come back in a few years’ time and check how they are doing. But as I am going to head back to the stables, I will be keeping an eye on them sooner than that.
Great fun and another step out of my comfort zone. Amazing activities in Loughborough Junction …
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