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Responses from other members

Is it just me, or have others found they get very few responses from "local" members? Or maybe we South Yorkshire / North Derbyshire folks are just less sociable?

Comments (10)

  1. Grower

    The GPS Team

    We're sorry to hear that. Some members get a very strong local response, as with this one in the Devon area: Abutilons 'Kentish Belle' and 'Cynthia Pike'. A factor may be the very hot weather, which is making us all a bit more lethargic.

  2. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    I must admit, I've had less local response that I had hoped for. There are something like a hundred GPS members who are fairly "local" to me, but I've yet to meet a single one of them!

    I suspect that not all GPS members are what you might call "active" members, some might have joined in order to ask a specific question, or to buy a specific plant, so once they have an answer, they might not feel need to check in again.

    I guess we just encourage each other to ask questions, to use the forum, to share suggestions about good plants and so on!

    And personally, I find the people of Derbyshire to be lovely!

  3. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Update - actually I was wrong in what I said above - I have indeed met a local GreenPlantSwapper! Harry and I met up and swapped a Fasciularia bicolour for some Alnus laciniata root suckers, earlier this summer.

  4. Grower

    Jeremy Wright

    Our experience with people using GreenPlantSwap is that 'English reserve' (or Scottish or Welsh for that matter) is pretty deep-rooted. Many people find it a biggish step moving from somewhat anonymous engagement online to visiting each others gardens. That's part of the reason why the GPS team later added an event platform for open gardens and plant sales. Local events like these are great ice-breakers ... and a good way to meet new people.

    However, it is also our experience that the rewards of reaching out to other members and making a new gardening friend or two in the local area to swap plants can be substantial. Not only do you make a new friend with a shared interest, but also, once you start swapping plants, you each have a garden full of swap opportunities.

    Of course, the more you reach out to people, the more likely you are to get a response. And the site is continually growing, so do keep an eye on the people posting pages in your area.

    David/Hazel - do hope you have not found it too disheartening and will stick with the service.

  5. Grower

    David & Hazel In Chesterfield

    Oh not so disheartened as to want to quit this great site!. Ironically for only the 2nd time, had a message from a very new Member relatively nearby :)

  6. Grower

    David & Hazel In Chesterfield

    Rachel - Yes North East Derbyshire / South Yorkshire has been my adopted permanent home (15 years) whereby I married a South Yorkshire lass haha. The people are far friendlier than I ever experienced in my home "town" of London. (No offence to any Londoners who may stumble across this post haha)

  7. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Well, I'm a Londoner born and bred, and never found it unsociable, but then I was young, and when you've grown up somewhere, you tend to know everyone - you went to school with most of them, so maybe that makes a difference.

    Living in South Oxfordshire, I find it mostly pretty friendly: as a horrendous generalisation I would say that older people are much more sociable than younger ones. I always chat to older people in the supermarket, as they pass my house (while I'm doing the front garden, or picking up litter) etc, but younger people are usually glued to their phones and don't make eye contact. I also find that even if you can break into their "bubble", younger people don't seem to know what to say when greeted pleasantly. Older people will usually say "what a lot of plants you have" or "I always like looking at your plants as I go past" (that's at home, not in the supermarket, obviously!) whereas younger people don't seem to see the plants: and don't seem to know how to have a casual conversation!

  8. Grower

    David & Hazel In Chesterfield

    Was not suggesting that London is not at all "sociable", but comparatively from what I've experienced - nowhere near as much as Derbyshire / S. Yorkshire. I agree 100% with what is (imho) your fair generalisation. Ironically, I am of the firm opinion that social media in particular has been a great contributor to less and less "real life" social skills across the board. Clicking superficial "likes" and accumulating "friends" - the majority not even a real "acquaintance", nor ever will be, and "friends of friends of friends"? - give me a break! None of these things require real human interaction. No, I don't have a "down" on younger people - just sadness for their losing the basics of real-life human interaction.

  9. Grower

    Jeremy Wright

    Hi David/Hazel - I'm pleased another local member has reached out to you. I also deplore the fact that 'life online', while connecting people remotely, is reducing real life socialising. Our hope with GreenPlantSwap is that it can and will connect local people with a common interest.It's good to air this issue!

  10. Grower

    David & Hazel In Chesterfield

    Thanks Jeremy. And I have brought GPS to the attention of some of the members in an FB gardening group to which I belong.


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