Volunteering on city farms & community gardens
Many City Farms and Community Gardens are dependent on volunteers for their survival and development, as they often only have a few, if any, paid staff.
Many projects were started by a group of volunteers from their local community and continue to encourage volunteers to take part at all levels of their organisation, working alongside other members of the community to:
Look after livestock and crops
Support other users with, for example, special needs to become involved with the farm or garden
Help run community enterprises like cafes and shops
Get involved in afterschool clubs, projects and playwork
Carry out general maintenance and construction work
Help with administration and fundraising
And, of course, as members of their management committees to be responsible for their overall management and sustainability.
Volunteering on city farms and community gardens is a great way to meet people, get involved in a local community project, and to gain new skills and, in some cases, vocational qualifications. Most of all, it's fun!
How we can help
We receive many requests from the public about opportunities to volunteer on City Farms and Community Gardens. Unfortunately, we cannot provide details of vacancies to individuals. Opportunities vary so much as each farm and garden is unique, and of course the situation on the ground is constantly changing.
We can, however, provide details of projects in your area for you to contact to find out more. You can use our map or text-based search to find details of the names and addresses of city farms throughout the UK. You can also download maps of city farms and community gardens from our publications page.
Other organisations for volunteers
The Conservation Volunteers (formerly BTCV) is the largest organisation in the UK promoting practical conservation work by volunteers. It offers thousands of volunteering opportunites every year throughout the UK as well as an international programme. Visit their website to find out more at www.tcv.org.uk/
The National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs may also be able to help. Tel: 01203 857 200 or take a look at their website at www.nfyfc.org.uk/
The Volunteering England website has more information about volunteering in general at www.volunteering.org.uk/
Do-it is the UK's first national volunteering database with thousands of volunteering opportunities which you can search according to the type of cause you want to support, the kind of work you want to do and the time you have available. Find out more at www.do-it.org.uk/