Volunteer: Gardening

We are looking for volunteers to help maintain our community gardens. The role may include:

• General garden maintenance – planting, pruning, potting, weeding, watering etc.
• Some physical activities – digging, grass cutting, lifting
• Planning, developing and choosing bulbs and plants
• Working with local community groups to grow their own produce
• Working on projects on your own as well as in a group to achieve planned projects
• General garden housekeeping such as clearing of paths, removal of leaves & overgrown plants etc.

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More about the role

Can 14- to 17 year-olds volunteer?


What skills, experience or certifications are required?

We do not require volunteers to have special skills or experience, but the role would suit someone who has the following qualities:

-Have a courteous, calm approach to the public and enjoy dealing with people
– Be punctual and reliable
– Ideally have some gardening knowledge but a willingness to learn is just as important
– Some roles may be more suitable for those with good levels of physically fitness, however there will also be opportunities for those with limited fitness or mobility
– Be supportive of the commitment to making the garden accessible and welcoming for all

What induction and training will be provided?

You may need to have a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check carried out, which we will arrange for you.

You will be given an induction session to cover essential policies and procedures. Further training may be available depending on your role/s.

What skills will volunteers develop?

– Gardening skills and environmental awareness – Learn about biodiversity and food-growing
– Project management and team-working skills – Community gardens often have specific projects they wish to realise. You may work as part of a team or on your own initiative to make these ambitions a reality
– Making new friends – Community gardens bring people together, fostering a sense of community and providing opportunities for social interaction and relationship-building among neighbours
– Physical fitness – Gardening is a physical activity that promotes exercise, flexibility, and overall well-being. It can be therapeutic and reduce stress. Please note, there will also be opportunities for those with limited fitness or mobility.
– Be eligible for a reference