Volunteer gardening and horticultural training in Sydney Gardens
Due to COVID-19, we have had to cancel all our practical activities in the park, including our volunteer gardening sessions and horticultural programme, until the current lockdown ends.
Over the summer of 2020, we ran small group volunteer gardening sessions (up to 6 people including session leaders) in the park, as well as a couple of training sessions, following Covid-19 guidance. We be restarting our volunteer gardening sessions from Wednesday 31st March 2021. We are also currently redesigning some of our training to take place online.
How can I join the volunteer gardening?
in a weekday gardening session on Wednesday mornings led by Mali Kedward, the Horticultural Participation Officer and Matt Watson, the Sydney Gardens Project Apprentice
by coming along to a horticultural training session
in a monthly gardening session on the second Sunday of the month led by the Friends of Sydney Gardens.
Contact Mali Kedward, the Horticultural Participation Officer to find out more.
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Every Wednesday: Volunteer Gardening - 10am – 11.30am - postponed through lockdown
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! Bring a drink and a snack as needed.
Second Sundays: Volunteer Gardening - Every Second Sunday of the Month, 10am – 12 noon - postponed through lockdown
Contact the Friends of Sydney Gardens to see if they have space on their volunteer gardening session and for advance information about following Covid-19 government guidance and social distancing measures.
Past Gardening Activities, 2020
Planting Shrubs for Wildlife - Wednesday 14th of October 2020
This course will explore which native shrubs we have in the UK and their associations with wildlife. You’ll also learn about sourcing shrubs and how best to plant them. This training course is a practical outdoor training session. Spaces are limited and reserved for existing Sydney Gardening Volunteers.
How to plant a bulb lasagne - Wednesday 25th November 2020
Would you like a bit more colour in your garden? Mali and Matt can help you learn how to plant bulbs in lasagne style layers to optimise your spring pot colour. Participants will be provided with a pack, instructions and online support so that they can learn from the comfort of their own garden/balcony. (limited spaces available)
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.