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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. 

This session is organised by Mali Kedward, the Horticultural Participation Officer for the Sydney Gardens Project.  It has been risk assessed for Covid safety, and we ask that all participants follow the safety information and social distancing guidance.
Please email Mali to find out if there are free spaces in the volunteer session, in advance.

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

Come and learn the traditional craft of hurdle making using locally sourced hazel wood. You will learn a heritage skill and we will work together to create a low hurdle fence to frame a new flower bed in the garden. No previous experience necessary. Further information and book your free place here - 12 places available.

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.

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