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We are open at the following times;

General workday sundays 12 – 3pm

Herb Tuesdays 11 – 4pm

Thursday growing 11 –  2 pm

We are working hard to increase opening hours to make the garden more accessible during the week, and to encourage other local groups and individuals to come and help maintain the site and planting.

Become a volunteer

How do I get involved? Come along any time we are open and talk to the session leader or keyholder, alternatively, please email us (address below)

Become a buddy volunteer

Herb Tuesdays aims to support people who are living with or have experienced mental ill health.

Buddy volunteers support others to get the most out of the project regardless of any barriers you might have to accessing the garden, participating in activities and will provide 1-1 support, befriending on site or just a friendly face to welcome you back.

Our volunteer code of conduct

  • allow others to get on with their volunteering tasks
  • welcome visitors and new volunteers in the garden
  • respect diversity and promote equality
  • keep the site safe for everyone to use

Keyholders

Become a keyholder and help open up the garden for other people so we can extend opening hours.  We’d like to increase opening hours and make the garden more accessible throughout the week. In return we will try to offer access to courses and further support. This is a more structured role that requires regular commitment to the project.

General volunteers    

We need people to help grow the veg, keep the garden tidy, build beds, weed, water and any number of other seasonal tasks. No experience needed, come and join in the fun. If you have got a particular skill you think would be useful -let us know!

As a volunteer you can learn skills related to gardening, permaculture, wild food and more. We welcome everybody, regardless of gardening ability and hope to offer space to learn and grow your own ideas.

Volunteers can drop in on a particular session, stay for as long as you like and all volunteers take home a share of the days harvest.

Age – for adults there is no age limit, but children under 16 MUST come with, and be accompanied by an adult.

Accessibility – Disabled compost toilet

Wheelchair access – yes, but surfaces uneven. Access to parts of the garden.

Site safety – volunteers will receive an induction, details of health and safety information. You will be given basic instruction on tool use.

We have a first aid kit in the container and suncream too.

Dress for the weather, warm in winter and hat in summer. Stout shoes /boots are good but we can provide gloves and any other protective gear.

Lead volunteers  

We need volunteers who want to take on a bit more responsibility, support others and help the session leader to complete tasks of the day.

We need people who have some experience of gardening and related skills and would feel confident showing other people what to do.

Steering group

This is an exciting time for the project and we welcome local people who’d like to be part of the steering group. Expert help and support is always appreciated. Skills such as managing finance, fundraising and book keeping as well as event planning and publicity are useful, but more important is a desire to see a flourishing and healthy garden project, available and accessible to the local community. We’d also like to co-opt anyone with useful skills that can help project development.

Event volunteer

If gardening is not your thing, why not help out at our events or workshops. We need people who can run our tea stall, set up events and clear up afterwards, and organise snacks and refreshments for other volunteers. We have about 6 events per year. Let us know if you’d like to do this and we’ll contact you before an event.

For more info on any of the above roles, please contact us at burgessfoodproject(at)gmail.com

For anyone on benefits, please read this document to find out more about time allowances, expenses etc.

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