Volunteering at the gardens offers people the chance to make a difference in the local community. Not only does it enable you to tend to the gardens and get involved in events but it is also a chance to meet new people, learn new skills and give time to others.
New volunteers often have no experience of gardening and are supported by staff and other volunteers.
Many of our volunteers are referred to us by other agencies in the borough and have some support needs. Regular volunteers find they experience improvements to health and wellbeing as a result of working outside with nature and undertaking physical activity.
How to get involved
There are many ways to get involved in our work but initially we ask people who are interested in volunteering their time to attend one of our monthly introduction sessions that are held at Phoenix Farm in White City or to attend our drop in volunteering sessions at Loris Garden on the second Sunday of the month. Please email email@example.com for more information.
Grow Well – Volunteer sessions for people who want to improve their mental or physical wellbeing.
12-week health and wellbeing gardening volunteering for those who have struggled with mental health, wellbeing or other effects of lockdown. After attending for 12 weeks volunteers will be invited back for monthly volunteering sessions on the last Tuesday of each month as well as being encouraged to join other HCGA volunteering groups. Activities include gardening, making herbal products, cooking and nature activities. Sessions are held at the glasshouses in Ravenscourt Park 10am-12pm or 1-3pm.
Get Out There!
Through our weekly Friday volunteer sessions participants learn a range of useful and rewarding new skills in basic environmental management. Gain practical conservation management skills, experience in tool use, improve your wildlife identification and lots more! Volunteers get the opportunity to visit larger more varied sites across West London such as woodlands, wetlands and meadows, as well as our own sites and gardens in Hammersmith. Our sessions are open to adults who want to try something new and Get Out There!
We are particularly interested in working with people who have been long term unemployed. You don’t need any experience to join in. For more information please look at the Get Out There! page.
Weekly Gardening Sessions: Ravenscourt Park Glasshouses: Mondays and Wednesdays 10AM – 12PM
At the glasshouses we grow flowers, fruit and vegetables for Loris and Godolphin Gardens, plant sales, schools and nurseries.
Phoenix Farm: Tuesdays and Fridays 10am – 1pm, Thursdays 4.30-6pm (April – September), Saturdays 11am-2pm (April-July)
Assist with the upkeep of the farm including seed sowing, planting, harvesting and watering. These volunteer sessions for adults run all year round and require a regular commitment. The Saturday and Thursday sessions are drop in and are open to volunteers to work on the farm combined with families who wish to visit the site and do some gardening.
Queens Park Gardens, W10 4QT: Thursdays 10am-1pm.
A drop in weekly gardening group who maintain many areas in the park, mainly the rose garden and community orchard. Tools, gloves and biscuits provided!
Loris Garden: Second Sunday of the month
Regular upkeep of Loris Garden is undertaken at monthly drop in gardening days. Tasks will include planting, watering, mowing, weeding, pond clearance, wildlife surveys as well as seasonal activities such as pruning, bulb planting and leaf sweeping.
Other ways to contribute
We welcome volunteers with many different skills, not just gardeners. Skills can range from: event organisation, art and design, wildlife surveyors, legal knowledge, photography, plant propagation, financial knowledge, musical interest, conservation, accountancy, leafleting, office skills and construction skills.
In our own words…
“I’ve been volunteering with HCGA for nine months now. It’s a great opportunity to get outside and help out with the gardens and the company is pretty good too!” Mairi Brookes
HCGA has a pool of sessional staff and we are always interested in hearing from people who have the following skills and are looking for part-time or occasional work:
Good gardening or food growing skills and experience
Good people skills
The ability to work unsupervised
The ability to plan and lead sessions
Experience of working with volunteers or children
To apply please e mail your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org, applications will considered on an on-going basis.