Volunteering on the St Anns Allotments
Volunteers play a valuable and important role and are vital in supporting the work of STAA and the various community groups on site.
If you feel you have some time to offer and are interested in getting involved we have a range of activities available. Have a look at the volunteering opportunities below and please contact us if you are interested.
The central 'Olivers plot' demonstrates eras of gardening, including a Victorian garden and renovated glasshouse, a 'Dig for Victory' garden and a modern style gardening area. This layout will educate and inspire experienced and novice gardeners alike, but require gardening volunteers to maintain and develop them. Work ranges from intense digging, sawing and lopping to gentle weeding and propagation, so volunteers can bring their own skills and preferences, to the greater aim of maintaining all aspects of the plots as a team.
Urban Nature Team
Ten percent of our site is designated as wildlife areas and we need volunteers to get involved with wildlife conservation work - managing and improving a range of habitat types.
The work changes weekly and seasonally, guaranteeing plenty of variety. It will be quite physical and could include tasks such as coppicing, pruning, scrub clearance, alongside nest box making, path and step construction, and wildflower management.
You'll be working as part of a group, with a staff member. However, you'll be able to work at your own pace and according to your own ability.
This role is carried out at Urban Nature sessions, which are held every Saturday 10am - 2pm.
Community Orchard Volunteer
STAA runs a Community Orchard on a collection of plots on the St Ann's Allotments. It is a lively hub of educational and community life centered on local children and families.
Volunteers will help with the practical aspects of the site, and develop and maintain the Community Orchard to ensure it continues to evolve as a thriving educational and community resource. Tasks are very varied, but typically include:
pruning, clearing overgrowth, cutting back small trees, tree planting, and some construction work. The sessions run once a week, on Wednesdays, from 11am - 4 pm. You'll learn new skills, spend time in the fresh air, and get some exercise without paying for a gym.
Heritage Support Volunteer
Volunteers can get involved with one or more of the following Heritage tasks:
- Acting as a tour guide, taking groups to features and display gardens around the site.
- Providing talks on St Ann's Allotments to local groups in the Nottingham area
- Supporting the St Ann's Allotments oral history project, interviewing and capturing memories about the site and local area.
- 'Dig for History' - Participating in an archaeology project exploring and investigating the site for historical features - including mapping and pilot excavation.
Visitor Centre and Activities Volunteer
We need volunteers to help run our visitor centre and to support open days and activities on the St Ann's Allotment site, particularly throughout the summer.
The visitor centre provides a new opportunity for us to encourage a new and wider audience to visit our special gardens. We need volunteers to provide refreshments, help manage stalls and give basic information to members of the public.
Media and Promotions Volunteer
We are looking for a volunteer to assist in our office with a variety of promotional activities.
This could be making posters, preparing leaflets, creating displays, updating our website information or calling up groups and organisations who may be interested in our work. We will be happy to discuss specifics based upon your skills and interests.
This role is flexible, and remote (home) working can be considered.
If you would like to find out more about volunteering at STAA, please contact Lucy at STAA.