Do you need to get outside in the fresh air, meet new people, release some frustration, work off the stresses of the week? Do you love Rivington, and want to influence its future.
Volunteering is good for the soul, and great for the social life. Come and join the friendly gang at Rivington Terraced Gardens.
Come along on the first Saturday of each month, and look out for days mid-week too.
When: 9.30am – 4.00pm. Meet at Lower House Car Park at 9.45am, we regularly get between 35 and 50 volunteers turning up to work on the gardens. You don’t have to stay the full day, come along and join us for a couple of hours.
What: Activities differ according to ability – everyone is welcome. We clear pathways, build fences, plant trees, clear shrubs and brambles, expose the hidden rocks, clear ponds, work in the Kitchen gardens… all to repair and conserve the gardens for the future. And we have exciting plans.
What you need to bring: All tools and gloves are provided. Please wear walking boots or wellies, and suitable clothes for the weather (bring waterproofs if it’s wet, and a hat etc if it’s cold). Bring water.
What you get: Teas and coffees are provided, as is a delicious and warming lunch (always a vegetarian option). There are always donuts in the afternoon.
Dog-friendly: This activity can be dog-friendly, depending on your dog. Some dogs come along, they stay close to their owners and are friendly to other dogs, and it works well. You decide. (It’s difficult to swing a spade about while holding a dog-lead.) Maybe give it a try – if it doesn’t work out, leave the dog at home next time.
- Age and Family-friendly – From 10 – 100, we’ll find a task to suit. There are a number of children who come along, obviously the older they are, the better, for handling tools etc. The youngest volunteer so far is 6 – which is on the young side – but still welcome. The younger kids (aged 10+) will help preparing food and drinks, as well as work in the Gardens, and we’ll try to take time out to teach some bushcraft skills if we can, however the emphasis is on the garden restoration work.
- Fitness-friendly: It helps if you can walk up the hill, however, we have some volunteers who can’t. Let us know in advance, and we’ll try and make room in the Land Rover. We can match tasks to abilities.
- Come alone or with friends – this is a great way to get out and make new friends. Most of the regulars came alone, and now have friends for life. (We will socialise and have meet-ups away from the gardens too. Any excuse for a party.)