Get involved

Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for activities coming up.  All our events are listed on our What’s On page too.

Even better – get involved with Grow Wild by joining our volunteer team.  A great opportunity to meet others in our community, gain experience, share or learn a new skill.  It’s wonderful if you can make a regular commitment, but even helping out as a one-off is very much appreciated.  Please fill out our volunteer registration form here.

Here are the types of volunteer roles we have available…Hawthorn

Harvest and preserving

Pick and Preserve Gang: pick and collect produce from community gardens, local public places, parks … prepared for the call to ladders and barrows!


imageSharing Chefs:  come and cook together, in an informal cook and share session at a community kitchen where you can compare and learn new recipes.

Field Kitchen Assistants:  train to use the Grow Wild field kitchen to demonstrate simple cooking at local community events, gardens and parks.

Cooking Workshop Leader: for the more All soups are vegan, add your own garnish!confident cooks, lead cooking workshops for local community groups.

Cooking Workshop Assistants: help organise and participate in cooking workshops for local community groups.

Food Advisors: share your expert knowledge and assist with planning specific projects. For example, nutritionist advice on Healthy Packed Lunches schools’ project.


Growing Workshop Leader: for the more confident gardener, lead growing workshops for local community groups.

Growing Workshop Assistants: help organise and participate in growing workshops for local community groups.

Garden Maintenance Team: join us imageto develop and maintain local community gardens  for example, constructing raised beds, planting, pruning and composting.

Propagation Team: help propagate edible plants to distribute within the local community; learn and share knowledge in sowing seeds, transplanting and taking cuttings.

Garden Advisors: share your expert knowledge and assist with planning specific projects.  For example, assisting with garden design and plant knowledge.

Grow Wild Organisation

Events support: be an extra pair of hands during Grow Wild projects or events; run a stall, bulk cook for events or be garden tour guide.

Design and promotion: help design, produce and distribute Grow Wild information, assist with the Grow Wild website, our monthly newsletter and social media.

Document: take photos.  

Or just get in touch – we’d be delighted to hear from you.


Please note: some of these roles will require a CRB disclosure.

We undertake checks with the Criminal Records Bureau for all our volunteers who work with children or vulnerable adults. Having a criminal record will not be an automatic bar to volunteering with us, as only relevant convictions will be taken into account.

Read more details of our Volunteer Policy here. And our Volunteer Agreement FYI.

14 thoughts on “Get involved

  1. Hello,
    I am really interested in getting involved in this as I’m very interested in the relationship people have with food. I try to grow a variety of fruit and veg at home (with varying success), but am very keen on cooking with local and seasonal ingredients. I also work in communications – my background is in television and I look after the video department for an international medical charity. If you think that my skills could be useful to the project, please feel free to drop me a line.
    Best wishes,

    • This all sound s great Sophie. Thank you for your enthusiasm and offer of support. We are making a list of the people who want to get involved and will get back to you in the next month or two as soon as we are organised.

  2. Hi there, I’m interested in volunteering with the project, particularly practical work and work around events.


    Colin Ferguson

    • Thanks for getting in touch Colin and for your offer of support. We will definitely note your details and make the most of your offer as soon as we have staff in place in September.

  3. Hello I am a teaching assistant at Deptford Green Secondary School. I work in the Dyslexia Resource Unit with year 7 & 8 students who are severely dyslexic. We are looking to be involved in a local gardening/growing project from September 2012. Ideally we would like to work and learn in a green space once/twice a week. Please contact me to let me know how we can be part of GoWild. Thank you Karen

    • Hello Karen and thanks for getting in touch. Your plan sounds right up our street and we look forward to working with you on it. We will have staff in place by September and will make sure you are on the list of people they need to speak to. I’m sure we can be of help.

  4. I am so impressed by your business plan and holistic approach. I’m considering applying for one of the posts advertised, but I’d like to offer some of my skills – business, management, financial – to the steering group.

  5. Hi!

    I am interested in volunteering for grow wild. I enjoy gardening and cooking and i do these activites in new cross often. I also can help with web marketing.

    Look forward to hearing about this amazing project and happy to help



    • Excellent. Thanks for the support and offer of help Carlo. We will be in touch as soon as we have our plans organised. Are you interested in helping with this website?

  6. Hi,
    I’m interested in volunteering. I want to learn more about growing veg – I’m a keen gardener and would like to be more involved with the local community.
    Please contact me in September – I look forward to working with you.

      • Hi Louisa,
        In the meantime, please come and join us at the Common Growth community garden on Sandbourne Rd! We hold regular events and permaculture courses in the garden, which is a great way of getting involved and meet new people. The garden is open on Sunday’s from 2-5 and Tuesday evening from 6-8 (weather permitting).
        Hope to see you there.

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