Volunteering

Working in the sunken garden

We are running two volunteer sessions a month, on the first Saturday and the third Monday of each month. In April 2022 the third Monday is Easter Monday so the monthly Monday session will be on 11 April and, April being a busy time of the year, there will be an extra session on Monday 25 April. See the events page for details of the upcoming scheduled sessions. Photographs from the hedge planting session on 5 February 2022 can be seen at the Gallery page. Photos from another successful session appear below.

The Big Pond Clearout

We had a great turnout for the Big Pond Clearout on Monday 18th October. With 25+ volunteers, including members of Abbeydale Rotary and five students from the University of Sheffield, we got rid of a lot of scrub around the pond edges and a lot of mud and silt from in the ponds and streams. Many buckets were used and Joe the park gardener was on hand with his truck to clear the rubbish away! We were fed and watered by the lovely Alison and Pat, who provided cakes and scones at tea break and delicious sandwiches for lunch. We also reunited a lost dog with its owner after gardener Joe from Sheffield Parks and Countryside looked after her! All in all it was a very productive and enjoyable day, and the rain held off too. Anyone interested in joining us next time please visit our Events page for dates of the next volunteer sessions.

About the sessions

We muster for each session on the grass by the upper car park at 9.45. Ideally you should let us know, by email, if you intend to join a volunteer session for the first time.

On each session that you attend, you will be asked to sign a register and give an emergency phone number. Please wear boots or very sturdy footwear and bring gardening gloves. You are welcome to bring your own trowel/spade/secateurs but please ensure they can be identified as yours! There will be some tools available. Please bring your own hand gel and drinks initially.

Most of the sessions so far have been in the sunken garden but there have also been two sessions pulling up Himalayan balsam, sessions working on the ponds and the hedge-planting session currently featured on the Gallery.

Himalayan balsam