project: Nightingale Garden
  • Nightingale Garden, former bowling green, Nightingale Rec/Park, Nightingale Avenue, Cambridge
  • CB1 8SG
  • 1 - 5
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About the opportunity

Gardening, Health & Wellbeing, Wildlife & Conservation

This is a very informal volunteer-led project. We do simple gardening tasks together to make this new garden and keep it in a balance between wildness and cultivation. You don't need experience and you can choose what you fancy doing on the day. No need to book - just turn up. If you are late arriving there will be less choice of tasks - but we also like people who just come and admire the garden (and volunteers) too. We might have some really low-risk things for children to do but only if they are closely supervised by parents working with them and taking responsibility for their safety.


You just need to be able to work safely alongside non-professional garden volunteers. Sometimes we won't have a vast range of things to do but we always have weeding. We don't mind if you just sit and chat or take a walk around the park too. You can register as an individual for Cambridge City Council Streets and Open Spaces volunteering - and gain time credits. Our garden co-ordinator sends our details through every two months and claims the credits for the group. There are Council forms to complete with ID requirements (you need to be a resident). For the group we claim one credit per session, to make it easier to record. If you wanted to claim direct, you can work out exactly how many hours you have done.

It is helpful if you can bring gardening gloves but we have some to share. If you have favourite gardening hand tools, like secateurs, bring them along too - but we have a few too.

About the project

Biodiverse community garden for everyone to enjoy. Volunteers meet every Sunday and Monday afternoon from 2 to 4pm, weather allowing. Easy to join in or just enjoy the garden with us.


Fri 21 Jul 2017 to Tue 31 Oct 2017
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Volunteering impact


This new community garden in the corner of a park is much loved by both local residents but also by people visiting the park and area - especially Addenbrooke's the local hospital. While we are working away, people always come over to thank us. It is very clear it is a garden made by volunteers - we aren't experts and are learning from our mistakes but that makes it quite exciting for peple who would like to learn a bit of gardening with friends. What we do reflects the skills and interests of our volunteers and there is lots of opportunity to start new projects - especially if they don't cost anything and you will stay involved in the long term. We are pretty accessible and have raised beds suitable for wheelchairs or bad backs.