Allotment Volunteer - growing vegetables for local food banks

Nurture Through Nature

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Our charity grows veg on allotment plots at Moulsecoomb Allotments on Natal Road and we donate the produce to the Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project and the Brighton and Hove City Mission food bank. Foodbanks are not able to store fresh produce so we provide potatoes, carrots and some green veg and salad leaves as and when they can use it. This means that food banks users receive some fresh produce so they can have a more varied diet - more like the food they would buy.

We also collect unwanted produce from other growers at the Moulsecoomb Allotments. 

Volunteers work in small friendly groups with informal supervision and training.  Tasks include clearing and preparing veg beds, sowing seeds, weeding and harvesting.

We have a compost toilet, facilities to make hot drinks.  Natal Road is just off the Lewes Road and easily accessible on foot, by car or on the bus.

Sessions are on weekdays, actual days vary.  



Skills

You don't need to have gardening skills or experience just an interest in learning.  We provide informal training in veg growing and gardening. 

Tasks will be tailored to to your skills and abilities and we will take account of any health concerns. 

Benefits

  1. Learning vegetable growing and general gardening skills
  2. Working with a group of friendly people doing something that really benefits others.
  3. Exercise in the open air and getting your hands in the soil!

Practical Considerations

The Moulsecoomb allotments are located at the top of Natal Road, behind Mithras House on Lewes Road. Our main plot is number 36A.  Please note that the allotment entrance on Natal Road is located up quite a steep hill.

Lewes Road is well-served by buses.

There is some parking within the allotments site and there is room for 1 or 2 cars directly next to our plot. Residential parking applies in the neighbouring streets between specific times.

Volunteers meet at the gates and are taken to the plot by our gardening supervisor. Sessions are usually 5 hours long. Exact times vary. 

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).

We provide plenty of hand sanitiser and facilities to make a hot drink. 

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 neither our plot nor the allotments as a whole, are wheelchair accessible. 

We have installed a camping-style toilet in a shed at our allotment shed, but bear in mind that facilities are basic.

There is a freshwater tap on our allotment for drinking water and handwashing, which is turned off during the winter months to prevent freezing of pipes (Nov-March). 



When do I need to be available?

Details Gardening sessions are on weekdays and run from around 10.00 to 2.00 but our gardening supervisor will tell you the specific times once you are registered. You can attend as many sessions as you wish and there is no commitment to attend particular days.
Morning Afternoon Evening
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

Where does this role take place?

Plot 36A, Moulsecoomb Allotments
Natal Road
Brighton
East Sussex
BN2 4BN

Register your Interest

  • Details
  • Disabled Access
  • Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
  • Expenses
    Travel costs to and from site to value of day saver on the bus
  • Health and Safety
  • Induction
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
  • Other
  • Suitable for 13 - 16 years
  • Suitable for 16 - 18 years
  • Suitable for a group of volunteers
  • Suitable only for (e.g. 18+, LGBT, BAME, Women only)
    18+
  • Support on Offer
  • This role is adaptable for different abilities
  • Training