Allotment Volunteer - growing vegetables for local food banks
Nurture Through Nature
Nurture Through Nature is a small Brighton Charity. We grow food on three large plots at the Moulsecoomb allotments, just off of Natal Road in East Brighton. We are looking for volunteers to help us maintain our thriving community allotment. Food grown is donated to the Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project and the Brighton & Hove City Mission food bank. Volunteers will learn allotment food growing skills and will be part of a friendly and supportive group. Some of our volunteers have gone on to train in horticulture at college (Plumpton). Volunteers benefit from regaining a sense of purpose, being part of a supported group, being physically active in the outdoors and connecting with nature. Many of our volunteers come to have a bit of a break from their busy lives and to contribute to their local community. Tasks will be tailored to physical abilities taking note of any health considerations.
This opportunity is suitable for a group of volunteers.
We provide informal training in gardening and food growing skills. Tasks are tailored to physical ability.
- Learning food growing and general gardening skills
- Developing a sense of value through performing meaningful work which benefits the local community
- Gaining a greater appreciation of nature and its therapeutic possibilities.
The Moulsecoomb allotments are located at the top of Natal Road, behind Mithras House on Lewes Road. Our main plot is number 36A. Lewes Road is well-served by buses. Please note that the allotment entrance on Natal Road is located up quite a steep hill. There is some parking within the allotments site and there is room for 1 or 2 cars directly next to our plot. However, parking in the roads outside of the allotment site is not metered and there are always parking spaces close by.
The allotment gates are locked, so volunteers meet at the gates at 9.30am to gain access. The sessions run on Wednesdays and Fridays until 2.30pm. Volunteers should bring the following: – Suitable sturdy footwear for gardening and digging (no open toed shoes) – Suitable clothing including a sun hat and/or wet weather gear – Sun cream – Food and drinks for personal consumption (including lunch). Although we strive to be all-inclusive in our volunteer recruitment, please note that volunteers will need a reasonable level of fitness and physical mobility as the plot is located on quite a large allotment plot with uneven ground. Unfortunately we are not set-up for wheelchair access. We have installed a camping-style toilet in a shed at our allotment shed, but bear in mind that facilities are simple. There is a fresh water tap on our allotment for drinking water and hand washing, which is turned off during the winter months to prevent freezing of pipes (Nov-March).
When do I need to be available?
|Details||The group operates from 9.30am-2.30pm on Wednesdays and Fridays. You can attend as many sessions as you wish and there is no commitment to attend particular days. The project is closed for Christmas and the month of January but is otherwise open throughout the year.|
Where does this role take place?
Plot 36A, Moulsecoomb Allotments
- Civic Responsibility and Communities
- Community Food
- Employment, Education and Training
- Fitness and Sport
- Health and Social Care
- Mental Health
- Parks and Open Spaces
Appropriate for (e.g. 18+, LGBT, BME, Women only)
- Disabled Access
- Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
- Health and Safety
- Insurance Cover for Volunteers
- Suitable for 13 - 16 years
- Suitable for 16 - 18 years
- Suitable for a group of volunteers
- Support on Offer