Green space volunteers

What are green space volunteers?

Cheltenham's green space volunteers are groups of people who want to make a difference to the environment they live in, particularly the green space, in which Cheltenham has many.

What type of things do the volunteers do?

The volunteers work alongside the community ranger during the scheduled working groups.

The day begins with a chat about the tasks for the day including why the tasks is being carried out, how it will be completed and the health and safety element of the task. Tools and any protective items will be handed out before beginning. New members will be be introduced to the group and normally buddied up with a regular volunteer for the first working group.

Tasks include:

  • Seasonal bulb planting
  • Clearing vegetation
  • Cutting back shrubs
  • Sowing Urban Meadow mixes
  • Litter picking
  • Weeding

Other tasks could include clearing reeds and vegetation from water bodies such as Hatherley Park, Pittville Park and Sandford Park.

Benefits of getting involved

There are many benefits of getting involved with volunteering in the towns parks and open spaces, not only for your own health and wellbeing but for others too.

Its a great place to meet like minded people and have a mini workout too in the outdoor environment.

Many of the current volunteers say "its nice to give something back" and "its nice to make a difference" 

If you would like to get involved in a local working group please take a look at the current list of working groups.

All you need to take is yourself and your favourite pair of gardening gloves (we supply tools and gloves)

Dates of current working groups

The working groups that are currently run with the community ranger are:

Refreshments are available at the working groups or some groups gather at the park cafes afterwards.

If you're interested in becoming involved please contact the green space development team at greenspacedevelopment@cheltenham.gov.uk.

We also have opportunities for businesses who are looking for group volunteering activities. If you would like more information please email the green space development team at greenspacedevelopment@cheltenham.gov.uk.