Volunteers stamping the wildflower seed into the earth

There are lots of different ways that you can join the Sydney Gardens Project through giving your time and experience, as well as learning new skills through our training opportunities.  We have everything from gardening to podcasting!

Here are the participatory and training opportunities are available through the project from 2020 to 2021. Our calendar of training activities will be available from mid January 2020, so check back here then!

If you are interested or would like to find out more, please contact Susan Palmer, the Community Ranger or sign up to receive our monthly e-newsletter which lists all our activities and opportunities for all ages.

Read our latest e-news with opportunities and free training activities - February 2020


      • Horticulture, Cultivation and Gardening

      • Tour guiding (built heritage) and Walk & Talk leading (natural heritage)

      • Helping to write and design new heritage trails for Sydney Gardens on subjects such as Trees, the history and heritage of the Georgian Pleasure Gardens and Jane Austen in Bath

      • Researching and gathering documentation of the social life of the 18th Century Georgian Pleasure Gardens

      • Events planning and management, as well as assisting at events and activities over the project, including walk and talks

      • Becoming a Dementia Friend or a Dementia Champion

      • Communications: designing publicity, using social media, generating content for digital platforms

      • Assisting Crowdfunding campaigns

      • Archiving, heritage management

      • Collecting and recording the living memories of Sydney Gardens

      • Documenting the restoration project over the three years

      • Creating podcasts about the heritage of the Gardens

      • Community Archaeology

      • Built heritage conservation, both stone and ironwork

      • Recreating the historic Labyrinth in the park

      • Practical sessions to increase biodiversity, species surveys and keeping records of species, habitat management        

Training opportunities:

      • Horticulture and Gardening including planting and garden landscape design sessions

      • How to make a Sedum Green or Brown Roof

      • Species surveys, habitat management and creation to enhance biodiversity

      • Tree identification, management and conservation       

      • Setting out and recreating the historic Labyrinth

      • Communications and media

      • How to run a successful Crowdfunding Campaign

      • Historic conservation including Stone, Ironwork

      • Digital photography skilling up, in still and moving image

      • Archiving, heritage management

      • Oral history collection

      • Tour guiding and leading walks and talks

      • Event planning and management
      • Interpretation masterclass for 'Know Your Place' and generating digital content

      • Dementia Friends training

      • Mentoring others: mental health first aid training, safeguarding and policies

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Previous training and volunteering opportunities (2017-2019):

Regular drop in gardening sessions in Sydney Gardens 

Hazel Hurdle Making - Training - Saturday 9th November, 10am - 1pm

How To Make A Podcast - Training - Friday 22nd November, 10.30am to 5pm

In November 2017, we recreated the historic Labyrinth that was an original feature of the 18th Century Pleasure Gardens, by mowing it into the former Bowls Club Lawn (on the left hand side of the park up from the main entrance) - watch the short film about recreating the Labyrinth.

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