COVID 19

Sunnyside Community Gardens is in the process of opening up after being shutdown for Covid19. We are trying to strike the right balance between wanting to all come back and also keeping everyone safe. At the moment we are only inviting gardening volunteers to come back but none of our other projects are open. If you want to join in with gardening volunteering you need to book in for you first session so that we can run you through your “Social distancing introduction”.

 

We need new volunteers

As we open up we are looking for new volunteers from the local community, as there is always 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, you need to email Sunnyside to book your first introductory session.

Mondays

Sessions one; 11am-1pm 

Session two; 2pm-4pm

 

Tuesdays 

Sessions one; 11am-1pm 

Session two; 2pm-4pm

 

Fridays 

Sessions one; 11am-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 always welcome.

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.