Garden wants green-fingered volunteers

The Green Patch
The Green Patch

A community garden has made an appeal for more volunteers to help it with its work.

The Green Patch, a two-and-a-half acre garden on the Grange Estate, Kettering, grows fruit and vegetables, keeps chickens, ducks and bees and supports wildlife as well as running a variety of different community projects.

It is run by Groundwork Northamptonshire in partnership with Kettering Borough Council and Northamptonshire County Council.

Organisers are looking for volunteers to help out with weekday adult volunteering, on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9.30am and 3pm, after-school clubs on Tuesdays and Thursdays and disabled children’s service clubs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

There are also new evening adult volunteer sessions, which have been brought in thanks to Community First Funding.

Adult Volunteer Session activities can include anything from vegetable-growing to site maintenance and DIY, caring for the ducks and chickens, mowing the grass, and preparing vegetables for cooking and selling.

Volunteering on the children’s sessions will mainly involve support in the form of extra supervision for the children to ensure they remain safe and happy. No gardening knowledge is required, but you need to be enthusiastic and willing to be outside.

The Green Patch is always keen to receive new volunteers, regardless of existing abilities or how much time you can spare for the project. Much of our work is volunteer-led, and we welcome ideas and suggestions as well as practical support.

For more information about how to volunteer with us, please contact Lucy Darby on 01536 521555 or email