Sunnyside Community Gardens are always open to the public


Be an example to others and follow Covid19 rules when you are in the gardens.

Look after the gardens by picking up your dog’s poo and taking litter home with you.

Leave only footprints


Everyone at Sunnyside Community Gardens have been working extra hard to maintain the gardens during Covid19. We are trying to strike the right balance between gardening together and also keeping everyone in our community safe.  Please follow government guidance when visiting Sunnyside.

Volunteers needed

Since Monday 17th May 2021 Sunnyside has been open for drop-in gardening every Monday and/or Friday (apart from Bank Holidays) at;
  • 10.30am – 1pm Morning Gardening Session
  • 1pm – 2pm Lunch (for those who have attended the morning and/or afternoon session)
  • 2pm – 4pm Afternoon Gardening Session
When you volunteer at Sunnyside you help with gardening and other general jobs that need doing to keep the community garden running (making cups of tea, helping with DIY etc). No experience is needed to be a volunteer at Sunnyside, but a friendly inclusive attitude to everyone who visits the garden is essential. You don’t need to know about gardening, though many of our volunteers do. Over time you will be taught lots of the gardening and conservation skills needed to look after Sunnyside.
Please arrive on time for the start of your session, wearing clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty in. You will need to bring a facemask, gardening gloves (if you have them) and shoes with covered toes.
People meet outside the portacabin at the start of the session, on your first day turn up and introduce yourself. 


Mondays – Spaces available


Tuesdays – Fully booked


Fridays – Spaces available




About Sunnyside

Sunnyside Community Gardens is a massive back garden for local people who live in near by flats with no or very small gardens and it is run by the tiny Sunnyside Community Gardens Charity #1092031. New gardening volunteers are made very welcome.

Sunnyside is always open for the general public to enjoy. It also has a long history of providing therapeutic horticulture for people with disabilities, and those recovering from illness. This means we are a truly diverse community with a real mix of local residents involved. Though you do not need to be an expert in disabilities to volunteer at Sunnyside, you need to have a friendly and positive attitude towards people with disabilities.

Sunnyside Community Gardens were formed after a campaign by local people and they started working to create the garden in October 1977. The gardens had a grand opening on 29th July 1978 and registered as a charity in 1992. Local residents have developed Sunnyside into a beautiful organic garden, designated as a site of importance for nature conservation, with a wildlife pond.  Local volunteers still maintain the gardens in all their beauty. As well as the nature reserve we have a fenced off plant nursery across the road where we grow plants to use in Sunnyside and we also garden in the formal Peace Garden in Elthorne Park. This means Sunnyside is a big and varied garden that is always needs lots of volunteer gardeners to keep it looking its best.


We love our local community and welcome your feedback and suggestions. Pop comments and offers of help into our postbox.