Green space volunteers

Who are the 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 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. New members are introduced to the group and are usually 'buddied up' with a regular volunteer for their first session.

Tasks include:

  • Seasonal bulb planting
  • Clearing vegetation
  • Cutting back shrubs
  • Sowing urban meadow mixes
  • Litter picking
  • Weeding

Volunteers might also get involved in additional tasks such as helping to clear reeds and vegetation from the water bodies found in Hatherley Park, Pittville Park and Sandford Park.

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.

Dates of current working groups

  • Hatherley Court Gardens: First Tuesday of the month, 9:30am to 12:30pm. Meet in the garden. Contact: greenspacedevelopment@cheltenham.gov.uk
  • Friends of Pittville: First and third Thursday of the month, 9:00am to 11:00am. Meeting point varies according to tasks. Contact: volunteer@friendsofpittville.org.uk
  • Cancelled until further notice - Sandford Park: Second Tuesday of the month, 9:30am to 12:30pm. Meet at Unwin Fountain. Contact: greenspacedevelopment@cheltenham.gov.uk
  • Friends of Winston Churchill Garden (and Honeybourne Line): Second and fourth Thursday of the month, 9:00am to 12:00pm. Meet in garden (access from Lower High Street). Contact coordinatorhoneybourne@myphone.coop
  • Cancelled until further notice - Griffiths Avenue Local Nature Reserve: Third Tuesday of the month, 9:30am to 1:00pm. Contact: greenspacedevelopment@cheltenham.gov.uk
  • Tewkesbury Road Rest Garden: Drop in gardening sessions are usually held on Mondays and every other Saturday. Please check with organiser. Meet at entrance to garden on Tewkesbury Road. Contact Alison Samways at alison.friendsofelmfieldpark@gmail.com
  • Friends of Hatherley Park: Every Thursday, 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Meet at the park pavilion. Contact: hatherleypark@gmail.com
  • Friends of Leckhampton Hill and Charlton Kings Common (FOLK): Information on working parties can be found on the Leckhampton Hill web pages.
  • Friends of Pilley Bridge Local Nature Reserve: First Saturday of the month, 10:30am to 12:30pm. Contact: info@pilleybridge.org.uk
  • Benhall open space: Fourth Tuesday of the month, 12:30pm to 2:30pm. Meeting point depends on the task. Contact: greenspacedevelopment@cheltenham.gov.uk

Some groups bring refreshments and cake is always welcome!

If you have any other questions, please contact us at greenspacedevelopment@cheltenham.gov.uk

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.