VOLUNTEERING

Our regular sessions are back! Every Sunday 10-2No need to book, just come and join in. Please wear sturdy footwear and bring your own gloves (if you have any) and a mask.

Our CV 19 precautions

  • No more than 6 people on site

  • Gate to be kept locked during sessions

  • Masks to be worn when at 2m or closer

  • People to work at 2m distances

  • Gate lock, toilet door, toilet seat, tool store lock to be regularly wiped by session leaders and volunteers

  • Tools not to be shared during sessions

  • Please bring your own gloves, if you can. (After use, these will be stored separately for a week in our, very hot, greenhouse)

Sessions are led by one experienced leader and one trainee. We encourage new volunteers to engage with forest gardening experience as much as possible on these days, to connect with the unusual edible plants by tasting them, and learn a little about each one.

Typical sessions will vary according to the season, often including such tasks as: propagation, planting, carpentry, composting, harvesting, sign making, and many more. We try to encourage a relaxed atmosphere, with good banter and herbal tea to go around.

There is normally a shared vegan lunch with a salad foraged from the garden, however for the moment this won’t be happening.

Why volunteer?

The feedback from our volunteers is that they love being out in nature, learning new skills, and being part of a community. It is a unique opportunity to learn about Forest Gardening in an urban context, and above all to have fun.

Mental health benefits

Spending time in nature is proven to benefit mental health as well as physical well being.  The National Forest Garden Scheme has information here.