Green space volunteers
Who are the green space volunteers?
Meeting on a weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or adhoc basis there are multiple groups of volunteers across Cheltenham’s green spaces who want to make a difference to their local green and open spaces in the town.
What do the volunteers do?
Volunteers work alongside the community ranger in scheduled working groups.
The sessions begin with a chat about what is being undertaken, how and why. Any health and safety elements are discussed and the coordinator will hand out equipment. We supply gloves and hand tools, although some people prefer to bring their own.
- Seasonal bulb planting
- Clearing vegetation
- Cutting back shrubs
- Sowing urban meadow mixes
- Litter picking
Benefits of getting involved
It is an opportunity to meet like-minded people and enjoy some fresh air and activity in the outdoors.
Volunteers tell us that they enjoy making a difference in their local community. It really does make a big difference.
If you would like to get involved, please take a look at the list of regular working parties.
Current working groups
Benhall open space
Meets every Monday and works from 9:30am – 12:00pm. Email [email protected]
Friends of Elmfield Park
FOLK (Friends of Leckhampton Hill)
Griffiths Avenue Nature Reserve working party
Meet’s on the third Tuesday of the month from 9.30am – 1pm. Email [email protected]
Friends of Hatherley Park
Friends of Hatherley Court
Meets on the first Tuesday of the month and works from 9.30am – 12.30pm. Email [email protected]
Friends of KGV (King George V)
Naunton Park’s working party
Meet on an adhoc basis. Email [email protected]
Friends of PBNR (Pilley Bridge Nature Reserve)
Meets on the first Saturday of the month from 10.30am – 12.30pm. Email: [email protected] or visit the Friends of Pilley Bridge nature reserve Facebook page.
Friends of Pittville Park
Friends of Sanford Park
Tewkesbury Road Rest Garden
Friends of WCMG (Winston Churchill Memorial Garden)
Meets on the second and fourth Thursday of the month from 9.30am – 12.30pm. Email: [email protected] or visit the Friends of Winston Churchill Memorial Garden Facebook page.
Minster Quarter Party
Minster Mondays, 11am to 12.30pm. Weekly community group preserving Cheltenham's oldest chruch grounds. No regular commitment required - meet at the circle. For more details, email [email protected].
Please do get in touch in you are interested in joining one of the groups above. Whatever your previous skill level or experience, all groups are welcoming and love meeting likeminded folk who enjoy the fresh air and being active outdoors. Some working parties also have refreshments partway or at the end with a hot drink and slice of homemade cake or biscuit.
Volunteering with a business or community group
If you are a business or community group who wants to use your volunteer days by doing something for the community, please do get in touch. Normally we will invite you along to one of the working parties above to help regular volunteers on one off meatier tasks (ensuring there is a good ‘before’ and ‘after’ photo). Have a look at the list and see if any locations or dates are best for you before getting in touch. Contact: [email protected]
If you have any other questions, please contact us at [email protected]
Please also contact us if you are part of a corporate entity or a community group interested in organising a local litter pick or a volunteering day in a green space.