Volunteering at the gardens offers you the chance to make a difference in your  local community.    It will enable you to help improve our local environment  while meeting new people, learning new skills and giving back.

New volunteers don’t have to have 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.  We ask people making referrals on behalf of clients to first attend one of our monthly Professional Tours so that they can get an understanding of the capacity of HCGA and our different programmes. People who volunteer regularly find they experience improvements to health and wellbeing as a result of working outside with nature and undertaking physical activity.

Please fill out our expression of interest form or or email volunteering@hcga.org.uk for more information about any of the programmes listed below.


Volunteer Expression of Interest

Volunteer gardening:  five steps to mental wellbeing

The NHS touts 5 steps to mental wellbeing.

1. Connect with other people:  By joining a volunteer group with HCGA you will have a chance to meet new people and make new friends

2. Be physically active:  Volunteer gardening offers a wide range of physical activity, supported by staff who will protect your health & safety

3. Learn new skills:  Even if you are an experienced gardener, you will have the chance to learn new skills

4. Give to others:  Volunteer gardening keeps local green spaces open for members of the community.  We also grow plants for use in local schools.

5. Pay attention to the present moment (mindfulness):  Get stuck in and the hours fly by as you focus on the task at hand.


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.