Volunteer Diaries: Hugh's Story

Volunteer Hugh Chardon shares his story with us.

I only ever had one job, a clerical position with the Queensland Railway. I retired 25 years ago.

My wife Yvonne and I have four adult children, three sons, a daughter and seven grandchildren.

My hobby is caring for my Bonsais that have taken over my backyard. I now have over 80 that keep me very busy. My wife Yvonne also assists with caring for them. They are watered daily and in the warmer weather we water them morning and evening.

We travel to Bonsai events and sales and we are always on the lookout for new plants and tools. The tools can cost up to $200.

A lot of my plants I have grown from cuttings. If you buy a stick plant from a nursery that hasn't had a lot of attention it will be a lot cheaper, as older mature plants that have a lot of maintenance can be very expensive.

Hugh said that he doesn't have time for anything else, although he does enjoy the football and follows New South Wales in the State of Origin and the Roosters in the NRL.

We are fortunate that Hugh is able to put his Bonsai in the boot of his car for his visits to the Emu Park Day Respite Centre. Hugh visits once a month and shares his knowledge as we watch him prune his Bonsai.