Volunteering in nature – a breath of fresh air

With spring finally here how about getting out and about in nature – right here in the heart of the city?

We’re looking for a volunteer gardener to help us look after the entrance garden at St Ann’s Allotments, including the chance to put your own stamp on things.

The entrance garden surrounds the Visitor Centre at St Ann’s Allotments and includes several terraced areas with large beds, a mix of pollinator-friendly annual and perennial plants, and a small brick path maze for visitors to enjoy.

There’ll be basic gardening tasks like planting, weeding, pruning, mulching and watering to do, as well as opportunities to design and create new planting schemes and areas of interest. So whether you fancy putting your creativity to the test and expanding your skills, or simply volunteering in the great outdoors close to home, why not get in touch?

The allotment centre is open Monday to Thursday between 10am-3pm and the role is flexible, so you’re welcome to volunteer when it suits you, between these times. Ideally, we’re looking for someone with 3+ hours to spare each week, but you’re welcome to combine these hours and volunteer fortnightly or monthly instead.

All gardening equipment and materials will be provided and we’ll also cover travel expenses and any training required.

St Ann’s Allotments is one of the oldest and largest collections of Victorian detached town gardens in the UK and a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation, so you’ll find plenty to inspire you. From 670 individual allotment gardens spread over 75 acres, to historic buildings and rare wildlife.

To find out more and for an informal chat about the role please email Nicola at St Ann’s Allotments or call her on 0115 958 9255