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Volunteers at Folly Farm's Wellbeing GardenVolunteers at Folly Farm's Wellbeing Garden

Our Community team inspires people about wildlife through innovative learning programmes, health and wellbeing projects and the award winning 'Feed Bristol' community food-growing hub, to enhance communities and enrich nature.

We work with volunteers in many different ways, providing community engagement experience in the environmental sector. Please see below for current volunteering opportunities but if you have relevant skills that you would like to share please get in touch.

People and Wildlife team volunteers 

We are looking for volunteers to help support our team out and about delivering events throughout Bristol, Bath and occasionally further afield. Very flexible, we ask for a commitment of one day a month. Our busy times are on evenings, weekends and during school holidays so great for anyone who works or studies and is looking for an opportunity which is easy to fit around a busy schedule.
You need to have a passion for nature, enjoy chatting to people, including children, and be happy outdoors in all weathers. For more information contact

Community food growing projects:

Feed Bristol

Feed Bristol is an exciting community wildlife-friendly food growing project on eight acres of beautiful land buzzing with wildlife in Stapleton in Bristol. It is a great place to discover how to grow food in a wildlife friendly way and explore how nature helps us grow.

Forest Gardening Placements

Help care for the Forest Garden at Feed Bristol.
Over the winter months we will be making observations, surveying, soil testing, planning, weeding, mulching, sowing green manures, making crop protection structures, taking hardwood cuttings, pruning, making signs and compost tea equipment. The sessions are informal, the work practical and hands on. We meet every week on Wednesdays 10 – 4pm, minimum 4 month commitment preferred. Location: Feed Bristol, Frenchay Park Rd and Stoke Lane in Stapleton, BS16 1HB
Please email Diana via for more information.

Wildlife Gardening and Land Management Placement 

Help us to manage and develop the demonstration borders and wildlife habitats at Avon Wildlife Trust’s community & learning hub to provide inspiration for others. Gain valuable experience in horticulture and practical habitat creation on this 6 acre site. Training will be provided but a willingness to learn and work as part of a team essential.
Tuesdays and/or Wednesdays, 10-4pm, minimum 4 month commitment desired. For more information see the volunteer role description.

Wildflower Nursery Placement 

Join the team at Avon Wildlife Trust’s wildflower nursery in Stapleton to gain experience in horticulture and learn about the growing needs of some of our native wildflowers. Training will be provided but a willingness to learn and work as part of a team essential.
Fridays 10-4pm, minimum 4 month commitment desired. For more information see the volunteer role description.

Grow Leader Placement programme - February 2019

Grow leader placements form part of Feed Bristol's core crew and they are formal positions which require you to be able to commit to two days per week for nine months. You will receive a free place on our Grow Leader Course.

Developing skills in our Grow Leader team and giving people meaningful work experience forms the backbone of this inspirational community project. This enables us to engage with a broad range of community groups to demonstrate social impact and drive the project’s vision forward to become a centre of excellence that champions ecology and food growing. In the first three years we supported 40 people into employment through this process.

The next volunteer Grow Leader Placement programme will start in February 2019. A role description can be found at the bottom of the page, please email to register your interest.

See link for details of course:



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