Volunteers are the life blood of Scotswood Garden.
We are fortunate to have an amazing team of hardworking volunteers. They are vital in keeping the garden looking beautiful and productive. Our main volunteer days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Working with our experienced garden staff team of Sean, Leanne and Andy the volunteers carry out a wide range of jobs including seed sowing, planting, taking cuttings, scything, weeding, tree pruning, grass cutting, path clearing, as well as bee keeping, basic wood work, crafts, landscaping....every day is different! Volunteers also help harvest the fresh garden produce and turn it into jams, jellies, chutneys and delicious lunches. On a Wednesday we all sit down and eat a shared lunch together, usually harvested fresh that morning from the garden.
The volunteer team is open to everyone - no experience needed, just a willingness to get stuck in! We believe that gardening and gentle outdoor work is great for mental and physical health and wellbeing. The garden provides a warm, friendly space to learn more about growing and gardening, and also meet new friends. We work hard to ensure that everyone feels included and welcome, and that all our volunteers are able to learn and develop at the pace that suits them.
We support our volunteers with training where possible, and we run free, accredited courses in varied aspects of gardening and vocational skills. Where needed we also help volunteers to find employment and we regularly provide references for our volunteers. Volunteers have also been involved in various arts projects, including one of our new sculptures on the sculpture trail and many of the mosaics that decorate our bee-themed entrance. We also welcome volunteers who are interested in working on other aspects of the project. This includes our youth work, forest schools and other education programmes, as well as joining our board of Trustees.
As we work with children, young people and vulnerable adults in the garden all volunteers are required to undergo an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly Criminal Records Bureau). We pay for this to be done. Having past offences on your record does not normally mean that you cannot volunteer with us but we need to be aware of them.