Gardeners needed to keep Sunnyside beautiful

No experience necessary

Sunnyside is maintained by volunteers and right now we need more volunteer gardeners. Volunteering here is a way to learn gardening skills and get to know people in the local area. Gardening also helps you get and stay fit and our community gardeners will work with you so that you can take things at your own pace.

We have two gardening sessions each of the days we are open for volunteers. You are welcome to attend either or both of the sessions.

  • Morning Session 10.30am till 1pm
  • Afternoon Sessions 2pm till 4pm

(A social lunch is provided each day for volunteers who attend either of the sessions).

For your first gardening session;

There is no need to pre-book for most days (other than Tuesdays)

Please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty and shoes with a covered toe

Bring a face mask and/or gardening gloves if you have them (we have spares if you don’t)

Come on time and introduce yourself to people by the portacabin

We make every effort to welcome everyone. Under 18s need to come with an adult who stays with them the whole time. (Exceptions are made for very mature and independent 16 & 17 year olds). People who need support for their day to day life will need to come with their support worker, family member or responsible friend who stays with them the whole time. Feel free to email us or talk to a community gardener if you are not sure if this to you.

SundaysMondaysTuesdaysFridays
Sunday growing clubPeace GardenCook and growSunnyside gardening
A new gardening day, especially for people who are busy during the week. Focusing on growing from seeds and propagating plants for Sunnyside, the Peace Garden and the plant sale. Based mainly in our private plant nursery over the road.An ambitious group of volunteers who maintain the Peace Garden in Elthorne park as a beautiful formal garden. This is a great day for experienced gardeners to learn more skills.A day that focuses on enjoying the garden and eating a healthy lunch. Especially designed for people who like to take things a bit easier and those who like to support them. The numbers for this group are deliberately kept small so you must pre-book before turning up.A fun and social gardening day at Sunnyside which is important as we maintain both the nature area and the Morris Family Garden so that the whole community can enjoy this open access site 24/7
Learn about growing plantsLearn about formal gardeningLearn gardening and cooking skills in a relaxed fashionLearn wildlife conservation and gardening skills
Turn up at the portacabin in Sunnyside at the beginning of the session and introduce yourself.Turn up at the portacabin in Sunnyside at the beginning of the session and introduce yourself.Fully booked, email us to go on the waiting list;Turn up at the portacabin in Sunnyside at the beginning of the session and introduce yourself.
Tim and Jonathan receiving Sunflowers grown for Sunnyside by people in the local commuity.