Practical Gardening volunteering

Who is it for?

Suitable for people who

  • are enthusiastic about gardening
  • can receive instruction and then work independently
  • want to help a community organisation
  • are able to work as part of a team

The farm also seeks to actively engage with people who experience racism and/or are from diverse ethnic heritage and underrepresented in mainstream culture, as well as individuals from deprived areas of the city.

Commitment (days and times)

You can volunteer weekly or fortnightly:

  • Tuesday afternoons 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Main activities and tasks

  • to develop and maintain ornamental areas of the garden to be used by our groups and for the enjoyment of visitors – the children’s garden and wildlife area for example
  • to maintain the growing areas of the site, hedge cutting and pruning etc

Skills, experience and qualities you need

  • ability to work independently to complete tasks
  • some experience of gardening desirable but not essential
  • ability to be part of a team and work with others to complete tasks
  • able to take own initiative

This is ideal for someone who would like to increase their gardening skills through productive activity.

Support and training

  • initial induction
  • supervision throughout sessions, sign-posting to training opportunities
  • volunteer meetings with the opportunity to discuss project development with the CEO

The role will provide you with the opportunity to give something to the community and develop the farm.

Find out more or apply

To find out more about Practical Gardening volunteering, please contact Sarah Mountford (Volunteer and Projects Coordinator ) on 0117 947 1194  or email

To apply, please complete this online application form.

Due to the high number of applications and referrals we receive, we are unable to offer everyone who applies a volunteering opportunity. All applications are assessed and then scored against both our funding criteria and our vision for a fairer future. We will let you know as soon as possible whether we can take your application forward.