All gardening activities suitable for all types of people from the youngest to the oldest! If people need to sit down, we have plenty of seated propagation work. Equally, for those who want a real work out, there's soil to be dug, compost to be turned, trees to be pruned etc. Our 3742 sq m site is very varied, with woodland, many raised beds for veg growing, 2 commercial sized greenhouses, wildlife pond, herb garden, natural dye plants all on site. For those interested in helping our education programme, we work 3 days a week with school children and families on nature based educational activities, and always welcome voluntary assistance here too.
Absolutely anyone can come along and learn about gardening even if they know absolutely nothing. We are here to teach! Regular volunteers who would be working with children and/or vulnerable adults will need to be DBS checked and to receive safe-guarding training. Otherwise we provide health and safety training to our garden volunteers when they are inducted.
We can provide gloves, but if garden volunteers have their own gardening gloves, good to bring them. Also wear sensible clothes you don't mind getting mucky and sturdy shoes. We have facilities to heat up lunch (microwave and hob oven). We provide plenty of tea/coffee and biscuits!
Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses (BPCG) is an independent environmental charity operating from a former municipal greenhouse site in the centre of Lambeths Brockwell Park. Our 3742m2 site comprises a series of demonstration gardens and facilities including two commercial-sized greenhouses. We use the space to host a variety of educational initiatives loosely based around wildlife, food growing and environmental education. Our activities include open access community volunteering, school visits, family events, courses and workshops, and a range of specific projects targeted at vulnerable sectors of the local community such as our weekly gardening sessions for SEN schools and community groups.
We are open to the public and for drop-in garden volunteering four days a week, Thursday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm (GMT) and to 5pm (BST). On Monday to Wednesday the site is available for education sessions for children run on the site as closed and bookable sessions.
Our beneficiaries are: a) Our visitors. We receive over 1000 visitors a month. b) Our volunteers who receive training and therapeutic benefit from volunteering at BPCG c) Our young learners of whom we have more than 5000 participating in educational activities held on site. d) Our SEN groups of whom 3 have regular learning sessions on site