Frequently asked questions
Do I need to book ahead to come to my first session?
It is not necessary to book ahead, feel free to simply turn up on the day.
What days & times are the sessions?
The sessions are currently suspended due to Covid. but we hope to resume every Saturday 2pm until 4pm as soon as government guidelines allow.
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. 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. As we have a responsibility to look after the volunteer group as a whole we cannot 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 a 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.