Poppies in the wildflower border in Sydney Gardens Bath

Volunteer gardening and horticultural training in Sydney Gardens

Volunteer in a weekday gardening session, come along to a training session, or help the Friends on their second Sunday of the month volunteer gardening session.  

Due to COVID-19, we had to cancel all our public events and activities planned for 2020, including our volunteer gardening sessions and horticultural programme.

In July 2020, we trialled Covid-safe volunteer sessions. In August, we restarted small group volunteer gardening sessions (6 people including session leaders) and these will continue through the Autumn and Winter of 2020-21.

Contact Mali Kedward, the Horticultural Participation Officer to find out more.

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Every Wednesday: Volunteer Gardening - 10am – 11.30am

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 -

Contact the Friends of Sydney Gardens to see if they have space on their volunteer gardening session (maximum of 6 participants), and for advance information about following Covid-19 government guidance and social distancing measures.


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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