Frequently asked questions
Is is safe to come to the garden despite COVID-19?
We have written a comprehensive COVID-19 risk assessment and taken extra health and safety measures to look after the welfare of all staff & volunteers. Please see the Rye Community Garden home-page on this website for more details: http://www.transitionrye.org.uk/community-garden/
Do I need to book ahead to come to my first session?
In the past we have allowed volunteers to simply turn up on the day – with no need to book ahead. However in light of the added risks of the virus, we encourage volunteers to get in touch beforehand via our email or on Facebook:
For email, please contact:
For Facebook please search: ‘Rye Community Garden
What days & times are the sessions?
The sessions currently run on alternate Saturdays (11am-1pm) and Mondays (2pm-4pm). To find out when our next session is running please check our Facebook page, the display boards outside the garden or this website on the ‘regular work sessions’ page.
What sort of activities do you do?
We run a variety of sessions – from planting and harvesting vegetables, to weeding, watering, composting and eating! You can get involved as much or little as you fancy.
What do I need to bring with me?
Please bring your own gloves to each session to limit contact and spread of the virus. We continue to provide all tools and equipment as we have a shed/storage facility on site. We ask that volunteers wear suitable outdoor shoes i.e. wellies, boots or trainers, and clothes they don’t mind getting a little muddy. Do remember to check the weather before you come so that you’re suitable dressed!
Do I need any experience of gardening to come along?
Not at all! Anyone is welcome, young or old, whether a complete beginner or gardening pro – someone will be on site at every session to help out and answer any questions.
Can I bring along my children to volunteer?
We encourage volunteers to bring along their children to enjoy the great outdoors, as long as there is a parent or guardian to supervise them throughout the session and ensure social distancing is carried out at all times. As we have a responsibility to look after the volunteer group as a whole we cannot take responsibility to provide one to one supervision of children.
Do the work sessions still run in bad weather?
If there is a little light rain, or short showers, the session may still go ahead – as we do have a sheltered seating area to wait it out. However if there is heavy prolonged rain, or strong winds/snow etc we will likely cancel as it’s not so much fun gardening under those conditions!
How accessible is the garden for people with mobility difficulties?
There is quite a steep (but short) gradient from the gate down into the garden. Otherwise the site is flat. In dry weather a mobility scooter can drive into the garden fairly easily but this is more challenging when the ground is wet or muddy. We aim to create better access paths as soon as funding allows.
Is there a toilet on site?
Yes! The garden has successfully installed an eco toilet on site with thanks in part to sponsorship from SLM Toyota Hastings, which is accessible to all volunteers that come along to the sessions, simply ask as volunteer or our coordinator for the key to access it.
Our toilet has a provision of hand sanitizer at all times, and is cleaned via a cleaning schedule by local volunteers to ensure adequate hygiene.