Activities and training focused around horticulture and gardening in the park.
There are many ways that you can get involved - come along to a training session, volunteer in a weekday gardening session or help the Friends on their second Sunday of the month volunteer gardening session. Sign up to our mailing list to get a monthly update of what's on.
Due to COVID-19, we are cancelling or postponing all our public events and activities for the foreseeable future in Sydney Gardens as of Tuesday 17th March. This includes volunteer events and activities. We will be back in the park with lots of activities and volunteering as soon as it is safe to do so.
Please go to the government website for information and updates about COVID-19 or go to the NHS overview of Coronavirus, or here for B&NES Voluntary and Community Groups Information and Support.
Every Wednesday: Volunteer Gardening - 10am – 12 noon - Cancelled until further notice
Come and join us in Sydney Gardens for outdoor gardening and conservation volunteering. Enjoy the fresh air and the plants and nature. Activities will vary each week but could include planting, weeding, pruning, scrub clearance etc.
No gardening experience necessary, but we welcome your skills if you're a gardener! Tools and gloves provided. Please wear sturdy footwear and long sleeves! And bring a drink and a snack with you if you like. Meet at the park entrance behind the Holburne Museum by the wooden depot gates - there will be a friendly welcome! You can just turn up on the day, or you can book in advance which helps us plan for how many people. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
This session is organised by Mali Kedward, the Horticultural Participation Officer for the Sydney Gardens Project. If you have any questions please email Mali or go here for information about accessibility and getting to the park.
Second Sundays: Volunteer Gardening - Every Second Sunday of the Month, 10am – 12 noon -
- Cancelled until further notice
Led by the Friends of Sydney Gardens. Meet at the park entrance behind the Holburne. All welcome - children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. All tools are provided. Bring your own gardening gloves if you can, but the Friends have some too. Contact the Friends of Sydney Gardens if you have any questions.
Free Training in Gardening & Horticultural Skills.
All of the Training Events listed below are postponed until further notice
Through 2020, there are training sessions in Sydney Gardens, open to all as part of our volunteer gardening programme, with up to 12 places per training. Some of our sessions are especially for families or young children. Here is the Spring and Summer programme:
Planting in dry shade - Wednesday 25th March, 10am - 1pm - Postponed
Join us for our course Planting in Dry Shade where we’ll explore the challenges of gardening in the shade. This will be a practical training session working on an area in the park. We’ll identify what works and why and what are the best plants to use in combination with dry shade. The course will be run by an experienced trainer who will be on hand if you have questions about your garden or green space. Reserve your free place here.
Miniature Gardens - Thursday 9th April, 2pm - 4pm - Postponed
Join our Horticultural Participation Officer Mali Kedward for an outdoor family learning and play session in Sydney Gardens. Each child will have the opportunity to make their very own miniature garden to take home with them. Spaces are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. Children must be accompanied by an adult or carer. This session is designed for children aged 5-10 but siblings are welcome - please contact Mali for more information. Reserve your free place here.
Gardening for wildlife/pollinators - Wednesday 22nd April, 10am-1pm -
Would you like to learn about how to make a garden more wildlife friendly? In this course we’ll identify which plants benefit our insects. What we can do to encourage hedgehogs frogs and toads and also how to encourage our pollinators into the garden. This will be a hands-on training session with practical elements. No experience necessary, tools and equipment provided. Reserve your free place here.
Building a Raised Bed Workshop - Saturday 25th April, 10am-4pm -
Understanding perennial gardening - Wednesday 6th May, 10am-1pm -
This course will cover planting perennial plants, how plants behave and how to maintain a perennial border. This will be a practical training session working on an area in the park. The course will be run by an experienced trainer who will be on hand to answer your questions. Reserve your free place here.
Planting a herb garden - Wednesday 10th June, 10am-1pm
Do you want to know more about planting and growing herbs. Join us for a practical outdoor training session in Sydney Gardens to learn more. No experience necessary, tools and equipment provided. Reserve your free place here.
Wildlife Gardening for Bath Home Educators - Tuesday 16th June, 2-4pm
Join our Horticultural Participation Officer Mali Kedward for an outdoor learning and play session in Sydney Gardens specifically for home educated children. You will learn how to encourage more wildlife to gardens and parks in a practical hands-on way. This session is designed for children aged 8-12 years (siblings welcome). Please contact Mali for more information. Booking essential. Reserve your free place here.
Family Gardening - Tuesday 28th July, 2pm - 4pm
Join our Horticultural Participation Officer Mali Kedward for an outdoor family learning and play session in Sydney Gardens. You will learn how to encourage more wildlife to gardens and parks in a practical hands-on way. This session is designed for children aged 5-10 but siblings are welcome - please contact Mali for more information. Booking essential. Children must be accompanied by an adult or carer. Reserve your free place here!
Past Gardening Activities, 2019
First Thursdays: Volunteer Gardening - 3rd October, 7th November & 5th December, 10am - 12 noon
Help us enhance Sydney Gardens for wildlife and for people. Come along on the first Thursday of the month to join in with gardening and conservation activities led by Mali. No previous experience necessary. Meet by the park entrance behind the Holburne Museum. Tools and gloves provided.
Hazel Hurdle Making - Saturday 9th November, 10am - 1pm
Conservation Gym Taster Session - Saturday 23rd November, 10am - 12noon & 1pm - 3pm
Are you interested in helping to improve the biodiversity of Sydney Gardens whilst getting fitter? Join us for an active volunteering session. Come along to either a morning or afternoon session, or both of them! No previous experience necessary. Wear sturdy footwear and comfy clothing. All tools provided. Meet at the park entrance behind the Holburne Museum.