Welcome to 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. Sunnyside is always open for you to enjoy and three days a week volunteers come in and open up the portacabin so you can pop in and say hello.

Sunnyside Festive Dates

Sunday 1st December 2019, 1pm till 4pm – Sunnyside Sunday Social with Carols and a big fire, Christmas crafts, festive plant and cake sales, bike mending, etc.

Monday 9th December 2019, 5pm till 8pm – Christmas Party at the Shaftsbury Tavern, everyone who volunteers at Sunnyside is invited to join us

Closing for Christmas – Please note we are going to be closed for 2 weeks, pop in and say “Hello” on our first and last day
Last day – Friday 20th December 2019
First day – Monday 6th January 2020

Sunday 5th January 2020, 1pm till 4pm – New Year’s meet up near the top of the hill at Friend’s Café 79 Hazellville Rd, London N19 3NB. Come and see everyone in the warm, please buy drinks from the café

Sunday 2nd February 2020, 1pm till 4pm – The first Sunnyside Sunday Social of 2020

Tuesday 11th February 2020, 6.30pm till 8.30pm – Sunnyside AGM

Volunteers Welcome

We are looking for new volunteers from the local community, as there is so much gardening, maintenance and conservation work to be done. No experience needed but a friendly inclusive attitude to everyone who visits the garden is essential. At the moment we have a wide range of volunteers from students, to retired people, parents with babies, people who work shifts, professional gardeners, people recovering from long term illness, people with disabilities and everyone else too. The visitors, users and volunteers all contribute to make a friendly and inclusive community. If you would like to join in, come and have a chat, fill in a volunteer form and then we will organise a time for you to get started.


Open 10.00am till 4.00pm

Green Gym 10.45am till 2.00pm

Come and get fit and do gardening and conservation volunteering at Sunnyside


Open 10.00am till 4.00pm

Cook and Grow 11.00 am till 4.00pm

Learn some gardening skills and cook and enjoy a delicious lunch at this relaxed volunteering day where you can take things at your own pace


Open 10.00am till 4pm

Drop in Gardening 10.00am till 4.00pm

Come and join a new group of volunteers to maintain the Morris Family Garden and develop the plant nursery



Nature Club for Parents and under 5’s

Friday’s 10am till mid-day

Drop in nature activities, songs and stories for children with their parents run by Forest School leader Nadine

We know lots of local people are working during the week so we have started the


 Sunday 1st December 2019

NEW TIME 1pm – 4pm

Next on will be on Sunday 2nd December  2019, when we will be having a festive celebration 

  • Plant Sales
  • Tea and Cake
  • Get to know your neighbours
  • Christmas chutneys etc
  • Craft activities
  • Bike workshop
  • Litter picks
  • Volunteering Gardening


About Sunnyside

Sunnyside Community Gardens is in Archway, North Islington. Sunnyside is a very social place and our gardening work is done by volunteers, and we have a volunteer management committee. People are welcome to help out, if you would like to join in come along when we are open and introduce yourself and let us know your interests.

Sunnyside 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 in 1977, and registered as a charity in 1992. Local residents set up Sunnyside and developed the main site 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 manage 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 in when we are open to let us know how you can help.