New: since January 2017, if you wish, you can register as a Streets and Open Spaces volunteer.
This means, you can gain time credits for the time you work in the garden. They will also contact you by e-mail about other local volunteering opportunities such as litter picking, nature reserve work and bench restoration. You can meet with Rina at the Council or she will come to the Monday afternoon session to sign people up. There are a couple of forms and you need to bring some ID with you.
When we garden - not when it is raining
We have two regular garden volunteer sessions on Sunday and Monday afternoons from 2 to 4pm - with gardeners' tea at 3. These are volunteer-led. We don't meet when the weather is horrible - i.e. heavy rain. So do check the weather forecast and the home page of this website before travelling far.
We meet only when we have a garden co-ordinator present, for safety and keys, so some afternoons might be cancelled.
How we work
We work under supervision and collaboratively with Streets and Open Spaces and are insured via Queen Edith's Community Forum.
We don't have very many tools and won't always have a wide range of tasks for people of all ages and abilities but we always stop and chat with park users and also share hot drinks and biscuits - even cake!
Do drop by, and bring some gardening gloves with you, unless you don't mind wearing the group ones.
One-off volunteering and corporate social responsibility
In 2016, we had a large group from MedImmune for a day, which was great in a very new garden space.
Over the past few months, we have such regular and talented regular garden volunteers, we don't currently have capacity to welcome large groups from local for 'general work'. We could, however, welcome very small groups within our existing sessions on Sundays and Mondays, working alongside our regular volunteers.
We would very much welcome small groups of people with the following expertise:
Teaching - it would be great to offer workshops in the garden for the following (if a fee is to be paid, we will need to check this with the Council, who can charge fees). We don't have any funds to do these - but could collaborate on fundraising:
- Bushcraft - as long as it doesn't damage the garden!
- Creative activities - drawing, painting, photography, video, 3-D...
- Ecology - running sessions on bats, insects, pondlife, wildflowers and trees.
- Forest school.
- Gardening for children or adults.
Construction - we have a wishlist of things that can't be funded by the Council and are a bit beyond the skills (or available time) of our current volunteers:
- Outdoor cooking area - for a BBQ and cob oven (we need the former before we can build the latter).
- Laying paving - we could do with an area in front of the club hut.
- Building sheds - we'd love to replace our metal lean to with a big three-part purpose-built, storage super-shed.
- Mending sheds - we need to replace some of our club hut's cladding (and then re-paint it).
- Constructing a veranda (maybe with a green-roof).
- Making and fitting windows - we'd like to swap our existing window for a window/shutter that can be opened as a hatch.
- Making a woodstore.
Other ways of enjoying the garden
We can host small groups of people coming into the space for activities other than gardening.
Sharing a hot drink after a walk - we do this after the Sustrans-supported social walk on Tuesday mornings.
Maybe doing some drawing or painting together, especially when the sun is out and there are lots of flowers. Playing cards or board games together? We have a three folding 6 ft tables and some stacking chairs.
There is a Ping! table tennis table in the park now and we have a set of bats and balls for people to borrow.
Ecology surveying - we have done bat walks, moth traps, orchid spotting, a butterfly count, a birdcount and lots of bug hunting.
There is information on the Scouting website of suitable activities under Naturalist badge.
Simple woodworking (like making hedgehog and bird boxes).
Tai Chi - we have at least one group that meets in the main park. We'd need to make sure the gate is open when they'd like to be in the garden.
We do some simple Tai-Chi based exercises before the Tuesday social walk - just led by one of our walkers.
Contact us if you'd like to be involved with setting this up and taking part.
We are involved in the new Queen Edith's in Bloom project from Queen Edith's Community Forum.
See the new Cambridge Wild webpage for useful links.
Last updated: 17 June 2017