Green Space Garden Volunteer Days

A brand new opportunity to volunteer at Jodrell Bank.

With 35 acres of gardens and arboretum, Jodrell Bank has a strong horticultural tradition and the site was originally part of the University of Manchester’s botany department. The Gardens were planted by Sir Bernard Lovell, the founder of the Observatory, who had a passion for biodiversity, and especially for trees. His work has transformed the former farmland into a beautiful green oasis and a haven for wildlife.

As part of our heritage project First Light at Jodrell Bank, we’ve developed an exciting new volunteering opportunity to follow in Sir Bernard’s footsteps and help us look after the natural heritage of the Jodrell Bank site.

The opportunity, which supports Cheshire East’s Give 5 volunteering scheme, encourages volunteers to offer just 5 hours a month (including travel time) to help maintain the gardens and increase the biodiversity at Jodrell Bank.

We’ll be hosting Garden Volunteer Days from 11am – 3pm on the last Wednesday of every month. Each month we’ll work on a different task related to various aspects of gardening. You’ll gain useful skills in horticulture and biodiversity, such as woodland management, habitat creation or wildlife surveys.

Our first volunteer day is Wednesday 29th March and we’ll be coppicing willow. The day starts at 11am and finished at 3pm and there’ll be time for an hour lunch break (you can bring your own or buy lunch from our Planet Pavilion Café. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

If you’d like to join us simply e-mail jodrell.visitor.centre@manchester.ac.uk to register your interest.