Garden volunteering update

Our new gardens volunteering scheme is now in full swing and this month the team had a fantastic session creating a willow tunnel in the spring sunshine.

There are 35 acres of gardens and arboretum at Jodrell Bank and the monthly volunteering days involve gardening, wildlife and woodland management. The scheme helps to maintain and enhance the biodiversity of the site as well as developing it as a resource for learning and recreation.

For April’s session, our volunteers enjoyed an informative tour through the arboretum with Jodrell Bank’s senior gardener, before taking advantage of the warm sunshine and getting stuck in to crafting a willow tunnel. The willow was supple to work with and the team were able to transform two rows of willow into a beautiful living tunnel around one of the garden ponds.

The willow tunnel is already proving to be a hit with our visitors and it’s a wonderful way for children to interact with nature and wildlife.

A big thank you again to our amazing group of volunteers!

Would you like to join our volunteering scheme?

We are always looking for new volunteers – no special knowledge required, you just need enthusiasm and a willingness to work outside. We meet from 10:30am – 3pm on the last Wednesday of the month. -The next session with be Wednesday, 24 May.

E-mail jodrell.visitor.centre@manchester.ac.uk to register your interest.