Gardens Volunteers

Current Opportunity

INFORMATION FOR VOLUNTEERS

Currently we are not working onsite but hope to get back to work once lockdown restrictions have lifted

The Chamberlain Highbury Trust offers practical outdoor volunteering sessions to restore the gardens & woodlands of the Highbury estate in Highbury park.

Volunteer sessions will happen regularly on a Wednesday’s.

There will also be weekend, family and youth sessions.

We are constantly reminded of the very special asset that Highbury is and are looking forward to making it more accessible.

The Project

The Highbury’s Gardens project marks the first phase of a historic landscape restoration programme for the 30 acres of gardens around the house (Highbury Hall) designed by Edward Milner in 1879.  There are also plans to restore the mansion more of the grounds pending further funding.

The ‘Highbury’s Gardens’ project will reinstate the original driveway from the Lodge up to the house, restore the rhododendron garden, open up views between the lake and the house and improve the footpath network to the east of the house.

This opportunity is open to anyone – no previous experience needed, just willingness to learn and be part of an exciting project and team.

The Main Aims

  • Enjoy some physical outdoor work.
  • Have fun with other members of the team.
  • Learn more about your local park.
  • Remove pest/invasive species.
  • Increase biodiversity and improve habitat.
  • Tidy the gardens/woodlands of the estate.

The Work

CHT have contracted Sustainable Life – a Voluntary Organisation bringing sustainable life skills to people of all ages and abilities. Their highly skilled coordinators will lead teams of volunteers to clear, prune, plant and protect the areas of the estate we are working on. Training is provided in the use of tools & the principles of woodland management. The work is physical and involves brambles and nettles.

What to Wear

Hard hats and gloves are provided but volunteers should bring sturdy footwear, long sleeves, and jeans or similarly durable trousers.

How to Book

To ensure tool safety and social distancing we can currently only have 6 volunteers spaces per session. You have to book with Stephanie from Sustainable Life for each session.

You can book in for your first session once we have received your registration form via email then book future sessions onsite or by email.

If you have questions or would like to know more about how you will be supported and the work you will be carrying out, please get in touch or visit our website to sign up or for more information.

chamberlainhighburytrust@outlook.com

Click below to download the sign up form or contact us for more information.