Sunnyside Community Gardens are always open to the public.


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

Take extra care of the gardens by picking up your dog’s poo and taking litter home with you.


Everyone at Sunnyside Community Gardens is working extra hard to maintain the gardens during Covid19. We are trying to strike the right balance between wanting to all come back so we can continue to garden together and also keeping everyone in our community safe. 
Unfortunately we are closed to volunteers at the moment. If you have volunteered at Sunnyside previously and want to be part of our volunteer’s wattsapp group etc please email Anna at;  


New volunteers needed when we reopen…

As soon as we are able to reopen for volunteers safely, we are going to need lots of gardening volunteers to make sure Sunnyside and the Peace Garden in Elthorne Park look their best. No experience is needed to be a volunteer at Sunnyside, 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. Our visitors, users and volunteers all contribute to make a friendly and inclusive community.

Before you start volunteer gardening you need to have an introductory session where we will cover social distancing etc. so that we can all garden together safely.

When you become a volunteer you get the chance to learn the gardening and conservation skills and help maintain the gardens. You will help with jobs such as weeding, planting, compost, putting wood-chip on the paths, clearing the pond, cleaning out the bird boxes, pruning roses and everything else that needs to be done to keep the gardens looking lovely for local residents. It is a chance to get in touch with the seasons, make friends in the local area and find out more about plants and wildlife.

Unfortunately we are currently closed for volunteering but you are welcome to contact us to put your name on the waiting list.

Mondays – Spaces available

Sessions one; 10.30am-1pm 

Session two; 2pm-4pm


Tuesdays – Fully booked

Sessions one; 10.30am-1pm 

Session two; 2pm-4pm


Fridays – Spaces available

Sessions one; 10.30am-1pm 

Session two; 2pm-4pm




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 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 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.